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    Hello all,

    My site was recently hacked and I had to take down all my pictures. I had
    posted them with Gallery (http://gallery.menalto.com).

    So now I’m looking for some other, hopefully more secure, gallery type
    package. I looked into Drupal (http://drupal.org/) but they use Gallery
    for posting a gallery. And I’ve read that adding things into Drupal might
    be beyond my level of expertise. I don’t know php and am a html novice.

    My site right now is built from Nucleus, a WordPress clone.
    (http://www.nucleuscms.org) I think I like the CMS path more than just a
    blog and it sounds like kind of an adventure to take the whole thing down
    and start from scratch.

    I briefly tested Coppermine and couldn’t get it to work.
    Any thoughts on 4images?
    Should I seriously consider php based sites? phpnuke, phpwebsite, postnuke…etc

    Thanks in advance,


    There is no such thing as them, just us


    Actually…. Gallery’s one of the better ones out there. However, you do have to stay on top of the patches. That said… is there a particular reason you’ve got to/want to have that function on YOUR web site? Would a flickr account (or similar) meet your needs just as well? If it would for most things, but there are some things you absolutely want kept private, maybe a one-two approach would work better- flickr for all things public, and a private gallery (or other s/w) for personal stuff you dont want the world to see, safely behind lock and key.

    On CMS systems — they’re quite good, but in and of themselves they typically dont have a photo gallery. They usually need another plugin to handle the photo module. However, its nice to have the security on everything integrated so you can manage it in one spot. You might check out http://www.cmsmatrix.org/ — theyve got a pretty good handle on most of the CMSs out there, and can help you narrow down the features you want/need.

    On PHP based sites — it’s worth pointing out that most everything out there for *nix is going to be PHP based. Everything from Gallery to Nucleus to Drupal to most -nuke sites (with the notable exception of ASPNuke and DotNetNuke) are PHP based. What you’ve been running up until now is PHP based, so don’t let that scare you off 🙂 If you’re worried about Drupal being beyond your expertise, PHP/Postnuke may be as well. If you’re feeling adventurous, you may want to set up some experimental areas on your site, and just check some of the options out, and pick something that suits your taste.

    Spec on your web server? Since you were running gallery, it obviously supports php, but if it runs *nix or windows changes your options 🙂 If you’ve grafted PHP on top of a windows platform, you may want to look at DotNetNuke, its very clean, the people behind it have Microsoft helping fund the project, and its one of the best out there. However, if you’re on a *nix platform, you’re definitely looking at a PHP based solution, whether you know it or not 🙂


    I like things simple so I just have Picasa make my galleries (“export as HTML page”) then upload the whole thing in one shot when it’s done. But I do individual galleries rather than adding a pic here and there, your mileage may vary.


    Gallery II is more robust than Gallery. It stores raw pictures off to the side, and allows you some ability to prevent comment spam (something that happened to one of my NatZoo pix, go figure.)

    Along with my flickr, I have some other shots up on a friend’s gallery site, go poke around if you’re curious, and I suspect he won’t mind fielding the odd question about it, especially in terms of site security. http://www.ooblick.com/gallery/v/anneb points to my little portion of his world.


    First off, thank you all,

    I think the path of least resistance will be to start over with a Gallery install and hope my personal hacker got it out of their system. Beyoches!

    Zeke, I’m not sure if a Flikr account would work. It very well might. But having a site to call my own and sharing pictures vids and thoughs was why I started the thing in the first place. I’m not sure what the server is running. http://www.lelahosting.com/virtual.html Mine is the Virtual 25 account. I think I like the “tag team” approach.

    Claff, I’m glad Picasa works for you. Their efforts were not in vane creating it. Personally I didn’t like that when Picasa searched my hdd it dropped a *.ini file or some such thing, in every folder where it found a picture.

    Thanks Anne. The Gallery thats available on my host server is 2.1.2. I have little doubt I can come up with and odd question. 🙂 “So if I clik this little thingy will that thingy explode?”

    The other route I was currently looking into was Jalbum, http://jalbum.net. But its only a one way type thing. No provisions for ratings or comments and feedback. Considering how much traffic my site gets its really not that big of a deal though. As this is not time critical, it may be a while before I do anything. Life is not easy right now and this is easy to postpone. I may not be posting to many contests in the coming weeks but, “I’m watching you farkers” 🙂

    Take care,


    The other route I was currently looking into was Jalbum, http://jalbum.net.

    I was going to suggest this (mostly to counter Zeke and his PHP-ness (it’s just something I do)), but I wasn’t able to figure out how to get it to function like a “live” gallery with comments and the like (and get it to plug into my existing infrastructure). There’s JGallery, which is a derivative-of-sorts of JAblum, but I’m not sure it allows comments either. (JGallery is at https://jgallery.dev.java.net/)


    Zeke and his PHP-ness (it’s just something I do))

    *grin* Just remember, Java is a four letter word, and shouldn’t be used in mixed company 😉


    NERD FIGHT!!!!


    lol! 😆




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