creating a photo website

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thinking about this - so there are two aspects

1. technical - what does it take to start a website? need to buy a domain name, yeah? and then find a host? link the two together? find some kind of photo website software? I've liked sites that use simpleviewer but not sure what else is out there. have thought about using squarespace too but last time I tried, I couldn't find any default themes that were appropriate.

2. design - what kind of photo websites do you like the design of? seems every photo website uses flash. do you know of any that don't? do you like horizontal scroll or vertical scroll? so far my fav has been

http://thegreatbookshavebeenwritten.com/

because it's divided into sets but still pretty navigable. I don't like the endless scroll of a tumblr for a photo website. what else?

I am that young sis, the beacon, a yardstick (dayo), Sunday, 22 January 2012 18:13 (six years ago) Permalink

I doubt many people use Flash for a photo website anymore. Javascript will suffice and is preferable for search engines too.

Chewshabadoo, Sunday, 22 January 2012 18:52 (six years ago) Permalink

That site you mentioned makes use JQuery (a Javascript library) for example.

Chewshabadoo, Sunday, 22 January 2012 18:55 (six years ago) Permalink

point taken! what is the best way to make a photo website for an internet layperson, I'm askin

I am that young sis, the beacon, a yardstick (dayo), Sunday, 22 January 2012 19:02 (six years ago) Permalink

fuck flash

markers, Sunday, 22 January 2012 19:44 (six years ago) Permalink

markers otm

The term “hipster racism” from Carmen Van Kerckhove at Racialicious (nakhchivan), Sunday, 22 January 2012 19:49 (six years ago) Permalink

anyway, i have some stuff to say about this and i'll be back later to do so

markers, Sunday, 22 January 2012 19:54 (six years ago) Permalink

think i maybe said this before in a photo/website discussion, but i am gonna throw out a contentious bone, just to confuse things: i think i just don't like thumbnails?, like something about them is counter to the idea of seeing a photo anew, & also because my photos are all precious snowflakes & i like the idea of everyone having to see them all properly, rather than skim over some because borrrrr-ingggggg just more foliage, &c.

so i could still get behind sets, but i think maybe from somewhere linked by text or by following one big image for more along the same lines.

you all might disagree though!, & i can see that this is maybe a nicer theory than it is a practical solution, especially if you're looking through a bunch of photos that you're not necessarily equally invested in.

i found a good tumblr theme, for anyone wanting to go the tumblr route, so will try to post that here later also

quick brown fox triangle (schlump), Sunday, 22 January 2012 20:01 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah I like sets but I also don't like sets that are too long

thinking if I make a website, each set will be limited to 10 photos

I am that young sis, the beacon, a yardstick (dayo), Sunday, 22 January 2012 20:10 (six years ago) Permalink

short sets = no need for thumbnails imo

I am that young sis, the beacon, a yardstick (dayo), Sunday, 22 January 2012 20:10 (six years ago) Permalink

yes. you could use indexexhibit, have minimal text in a frame on the left and just have a ten-deep set of photos on the right?

quick brown fox triangle (schlump), Sunday, 22 January 2012 20:43 (six years ago) Permalink

http://howblanktheme.tumblr.com/
this was the tumblr theme btw, not a million miles away from a kinda minimal indexexhibit thing; a few quick html things you could do to change it up slightly would be to change the spacing between photos, & turn off the details (when posted &c) underneath posts. or just post your whole set in one post and avoid all of this, and delete the post notes thing.

quick brown fox triangle (schlump), Sunday, 22 January 2012 21:38 (six years ago) Permalink

would you be able to put links to posts in the righthand sidebar?

dayo, Sunday, 22 January 2012 21:40 (six years ago) Permalink

hm what's the righthand sidebar? you'd def be able to make links, to whatever, in your main 'menu' bar, so on the site above where it has 'description' 'install' 'ask me anything', &c, you could link to the specific posts/sets. i'm not sure what you mean by righthand sidebar - do you mean flipping it so that that's where the menu is, and the imgs are on the left? i'm sure that's poss too.

all my experience of doing html stuff with tumblr is just finding values in the code and changing them from 50 to 90 or w/e, and seeing what gets bigger, as well as cutting and pasting different bits of the code so they're in diff places (which i guess you'd use to change the order of anything)

quick brown fox triangle (schlump), Sunday, 22 January 2012 22:07 (six years ago) Permalink

so what you're saying, is that I have to put in work and effort into making it look good

dayo, Monday, 23 January 2012 23:59 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah indexhibit is great, super flexible and p easy to install

judith, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 00:05 (six years ago) Permalink

i've used it and i totally recommend it

judith, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 00:05 (six years ago) Permalink

so what you're saying, is that I have to put in work and effort into making it look good

ha nuh uh! i think that theme is p good; once it's there i would recommend playing with some of the easier-to-modify variables to get it just how you like it, but i think it's probably good to go. indexexhibit is neat though, like literally neat, it looks v good. from what i've read about it (you have to put in work and effort) there's a slightly convoluted setup process in which you hook it up to yr domain, but i think it is maybe the best looking option, unless you are gonna build your own thing (which is the thing i did, out of notepad/msword html, & i like it).

quick brown fox triangle (schlump), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 00:12 (six years ago) Permalink

point counterpoint re: whether it's easy to install

quick brown fox triangle (schlump), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 00:13 (six years ago) Permalink

hmm I will look into indexhibit!

so I guess that's a good 'app' to install onto a 'webserver' - now I just need to find a good 'webserver'

dayo, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 00:13 (six years ago) Permalink

name.com for domains
HostGator for hosting

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 00:22 (six years ago) Permalink

thanks for the help everybody! in the end, I went with nearlyfreespeech.net for hosting + domain name registering, because they seemed like the most no bullshit, no frills service. and it's pay as you go. indexhibit is great.

http://www.danielyao.com

obviously a work in progress stil (need to edit and choose) but I'm pretty happy w/ it so far!

dayo, Sunday, 29 January 2012 00:46 (six years ago) Permalink

back when I first had this idea I wanted http://danspictures.com/ and the domainname was free

but you can see for yourself what that's become :>

dayo, Sunday, 29 January 2012 00:49 (six years ago) Permalink

true feeling <3
looks v good!, i hadn't seen a bunch of the phots (the torso-broken mannequins :/) before

wow yr new domain has nothing on your old truck photos!, they cut to the heart of american culture!

quick brown fox triangle (schlump), Sunday, 29 January 2012 00:52 (six years ago) Permalink

hah thanks, I'm trying to organize the sets thematically, I guess I am influenced by bremser.tumblr.com's curation

dayo, Sunday, 29 January 2012 00:57 (six years ago) Permalink

Thanks for answering all of these questions, I had them too!

Cane it for the original white tees (admrl), Sunday, 29 January 2012 02:37 (six years ago) Permalink

What do u like about Host Gator, milo?

Cane it for the original white tees (admrl), Sunday, 29 January 2012 02:37 (six years ago) Permalink

It's the cheapest I found with no downtime issues and sites on there seem to load fast. Unlimited domains on one account is nice, too.

Tbh, I've stuck with them out of inertia, there could be cheaper out there.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Sunday, 29 January 2012 09:08 (six years ago) Permalink

yr hong kong set is really awesome, dayo

quick brown fox triangle (schlump), Friday, 3 February 2012 00:05 (six years ago) Permalink

People on indexhibit - What do you like about it?

Also Host Gator seems to offer domain register AND hosting. Any reason I wouldn't do both with them?

Cane it for the original white tees (admrl), Friday, 3 February 2012 00:26 (six years ago) Permalink

tnx schlump!

admrl - hostgator came up when I was doing research as a good site, so I don't see any reason why not.

I like indexhibit because it's not flash or javascript, allows me to organize pictures as sets without any bothersome thumbnails etc.

thumbnails are quite possibly the most useless feature I have ever thought about.

dayo, Friday, 3 February 2012 01:02 (six years ago) Permalink

lol

markers, Friday, 3 February 2012 01:10 (six years ago) Permalink

damn dayo dude i love your photos. hadn't seen a bunch of these either. they reveal themselves so slowly and quietly.

rent, Friday, 3 February 2012 03:03 (six years ago) Permalink

I like to keep domains separate from hosting do there's no hassle with switching hosts if that ever happens.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Friday, 3 February 2012 03:38 (six years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

mc-escher-mall.jpg

john-claude van donne (schlump), Saturday, 10 March 2012 13:40 (six years ago) Permalink

lol is that in reference to me? ty

I will be rolling out more updates in the coming weeks. some that were on my flickr but some that weren't? hopefully

flagp∞st (dayo), Saturday, 10 March 2012 13:44 (six years ago) Permalink

guess we're all on top of this. just checked out the new pictures too. looks great!
i have a rough site now, but need to *name* everything, and figure out my url + hosting logistics.

lou reed scott walker monks niagra (chinavision!), Saturday, 10 March 2012 14:23 (six years ago) Permalink

finally got it together tonight: http://www.camerarudis.com/
gotta add sets and get better at naming things.

lou reed scott walker monks niagra (chinavision!), Monday, 12 March 2012 04:42 (six years ago) Permalink

ha yeah it was dayo, i have a bookmarked string of ilp photohomes i was checking out. i actually looked for your IHKH, china, & wondered where it went; cool you got your site goin (end of post update: wow! this is really nice! cf wow. if you don't mind revealing, how did you make your site? it looks excellent, you guys make compelling arguments for the symmetry of sets, i think i am still more into strings* for my phots)

but yeah the escher mall & the skull in the store, so good. i like the whole sweep of having a set of city images that includes the dramatic-overheads as well as the street-level shots.

* again/always

john-claude van donne (schlump), Monday, 12 March 2012 11:33 (six years ago) Permalink

successfully-incorporated-portrait-shots make a good argument for horizontal scrolling, btw

john-claude van donne (schlump), Monday, 12 March 2012 11:46 (six years ago) Permalink

my IHKH is still there! http://ihardlyknowher.com/altairnouveau
the site I made by myself with a little dreamweaver and a little straight html and css coding. I know just enough to get by. no one would say that my code is elegant (I used tables in ways they shouldn't be used).
I still want to refine though. put up a few more sequences, etc. also figure out what the site should *do*. glad you like it!

after so much talk I went ahead and did horizontal scrolling. think I came out against that before? I ended up changing my mind. I could still see doing some as slideshows if I can figure out the code.

love the unchanging window site... been going back to it since you posted it on the 'famous people' thread

lou reed scott walker monks niagra (chinavision!), Monday, 12 March 2012 11:55 (six years ago) Permalink

that was an xpost with the horizontal scrolling post. the fact that my apple mouse is broken and the scrolling ball only works side to side is not unrelated to my new horizontally scrolling website.

lou reed scott walker monks niagra (chinavision!), Monday, 12 March 2012 11:56 (six years ago) Permalink

oh cool, I am glad. i am figuring ILP can handle the duplicity of me regularly repping for it, it is such a nice thing to look through, there is always just the right amount. kind of like the set of you walking around shooting, the photos speak to each other really pleasingly. she is my fav. i think i am invoking her here wrt the what a site should *do* thing, because it seems like the best fit for being able to just look at the photos and think around them, for them to bleed into each other and fold into the whole set. but there's something nice about the slight (NO OFFENCE) clutter of yours; that you move a photo into an open space and then look at it, like you're at a microfilm machine, like you're pulling something into focus to contemplate on it more than you are scrolling.

your site's so great!, anyway. good times is just killing me, the light, the patio, the mirrors. (nb, i also love this, & think that you should photoshop one of those crouched-op-art-guys-with-a-towel-full-of-oil-pastels onto this one). if it is up for debate i am curious about camera rudis, also.

john-claude van donne (schlump), Monday, 12 March 2012 12:23 (six years ago) Permalink

there was an xpost and i am not glad that your mouse broke, but that you like UW

john-claude van donne (schlump), Monday, 12 March 2012 12:23 (six years ago) Permalink

my latin is rusty, but I think (hope!) camera rudis means 'crude/raw/untrained etc. camera' (aka chamber). it's a play on camera obscura and camera lucida.
I def. wanted to have photos next to other photos. I often think that pictures have strength in numbers and are best seen among MORE PICTURES!
rule #1 of photography iirc is, whenever a mirror is present, take a picture.

lou reed scott walker monks niagra (chinavision!), Monday, 12 March 2012 12:55 (six years ago) Permalink

haha I finally figured out that horizontal scrolling is meant to be a spatial metaphor for the way pictures are presented in a physical gallery space

one thing CV - on the horizontal scrolling galleries, the place name is static, but on my screen there's no way to present the pictures so that either the place name or the header isn't always overlaid on top of the pictures... my screen rez is 1440x900 if that helps

flagp∞st (dayo), Monday, 12 March 2012 13:03 (six years ago) Permalink

think my fav is the baroque period. the blue trash bags, three traffic cones, flags

flagp∞st (dayo), Monday, 12 March 2012 13:09 (six years ago) Permalink

hmm, I need to maybe move the place name then. or perhaps just size down the pictures. are *both* the place name and header overlapping the photos at any point?

lou reed scott walker monks niagra (chinavision!), Monday, 12 March 2012 13:14 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah - just barely

http://i.imgur.com/mHwVG.jpg

flagp∞st (dayo), Monday, 12 March 2012 13:16 (six years ago) Permalink

this is on chrome osx if that helps

flagp∞st (dayo), Monday, 12 March 2012 13:17 (six years ago) Permalink

yup ok I think I'll do slightly smaller images and work on my 'place names' placement a bit more xpost

lou reed scott walker monks niagra (chinavision!), Monday, 12 March 2012 13:19 (six years ago) Permalink

I think I'm going to regret registering fairtradecocaine.org

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 21:34 (six years ago) Permalink

http://suburbandetritus.com/ - need to spruce up indexhibit a bit and figure out how to make it display images on the front page.

Pretty awesome, way better than any photo theme I found for Wordpress.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 06:01 (six years ago) Permalink

Upload RAW to converter of choice, process/edit, finalize (or get as close to finalization as exists these days - I'm constantly tinkering with old files).

From there:
publish to portfolio site (suburbandetritus.com, y'all)
publish to Flickr
publish to Tumblr via Flickr
Tweet a link to one or all of the above
consider annoying friends on Facebook with link, think better of it
go ahead and post a link on Google+, no one will see it anyway
post image to several photography forums, with a link to your portfolio, Flickr, Tumblr and Twitter accounts in your signature

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 06:21 (six years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

I dig this design, it's dizzying but... UP THE PUNX

http://www.madiju.com/201110/daydreambeliever1.html

http://www.madiju.com/

dayo, Sunday, 8 April 2012 01:51 (six years ago) Permalink

the data onslaught accentuates the tendency of that documentary/quasi-intimate style to suggest abundances of feeling and teeming multiplicities and the thought that just about everything could be a quite good, somewhat poignant photograph in the right hands

The term “hipster racism” from Carmen Van Kerckhove at Racialicious (nakhchivan), Sunday, 8 April 2012 01:59 (six years ago) Permalink

well the built up accretions of the context of presentation

dayo, Sunday, 8 April 2012 02:10 (six years ago) Permalink

I have been thinking about the consumption of photographs, thinking about how maybe comparing it to paintings has got it all wrong - no - viewing a photograph is like reading words, imo

dayo, Sunday, 8 April 2012 02:11 (six years ago) Permalink

every photographer should be limited to like six photos a year

The term “hipster racism” from Carmen Van Kerckhove at Racialicious (nakhchivan), Sunday, 8 April 2012 02:12 (six years ago) Permalink

bloggers should be limited to three posts

dayo, Sunday, 8 April 2012 02:15 (six years ago) Permalink

i like discovering blogs with like 11 posts over 4 years, they are usually the best blogs

The term “hipster racism” from Carmen Van Kerckhove at Racialicious (nakhchivan), Sunday, 8 April 2012 02:18 (six years ago) Permalink

how many tweets should ppl on twitter get

markers, Sunday, 8 April 2012 02:25 (six years ago) Permalink

AT LEAST TEN

markers, Sunday, 8 April 2012 02:25 (six years ago) Permalink

MAYBE FIFTY

markers, Sunday, 8 April 2012 02:26 (six years ago) Permalink

just one very long tweet, via twitlonger

The term “hipster racism” from Carmen Van Kerckhove at Racialicious (nakhchivan), Sunday, 8 April 2012 02:30 (six years ago) Permalink

how many ilx posts per year

dayo, Sunday, 8 April 2012 02:37 (six years ago) Permalink

no posts just flags

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Sunday, 8 April 2012 02:39 (six years ago) Permalink

what is a flag but a post adorned

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Sunday, 8 April 2012 02:40 (six years ago) Permalink

yessss dddddayo i like that reading words thing i like the way the talking barnacles works like www.talkingbarnacles.com/2012/03/celebration-1-of-36-by-growing-up-on_25.html or www.talkingbarnacles.com/2012/01/post-in-construction-please-dont-read_24.html those long series data onslaught + quasi-intimate documentary style

the madi ju thing is different but yeah same thing sorta i think. i picked up both of the selfpublisehd books she's done and they are beautiful btw and saw these pictures incl the new DALI ISLAND ones http://a-perfect-book-for-bananafish.com/book/144 and met her at a show in 回声书店 in dalian

dylannn, Sunday, 8 April 2012 10:11 (six years ago) Permalink

madi ju sat with a camera poised to shoot & a wave of doubt flickered as it became clear a cat's ass was gonna get photographed, but madi ju persevered, took the risk & it's awesome and even better for being an ass-first cat:

http://www.madiju.com/201110/Daydream%20Believer%201/cat%20with%20vince.jpg

john-claude van donne (schlump), Sunday, 8 April 2012 15:37 (six years ago) Permalink

the interrelatedness of that site is great. how much room it makes for photos to spin off into sets in one direction or other, or to echo something a few photos above.

also
http://www.madiju.com/201110/Daydream%20Believer%201/shenwu.jpg

remember to leave people mid-frame

john-claude van donne (schlump), Sunday, 8 April 2012 15:39 (six years ago) Permalink

i mean like out of frame
like that thing about eggleston
that it suggests the action carries on elsewhere

john-claude van donne (schlump), Sunday, 8 April 2012 15:40 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah dylannn the photo-diary approach aka personal diarist etc. is def a valid one, sort of a hedge between the photoessay and THIS PICTURE MUST STAND ALONE approach

dayo, Sunday, 8 April 2012 16:49 (six years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

feel like i want to keep a photo-log, now. a separate thing from the few variations on portfolios i thought about before/have now, where it's fun to artfully/colourfully/thematically juxtapose. because i like the territory of days rendered by the few things you include in them. i develop stuff non-chronologically, though, so i can't decide how i'd do it.

blossom smulch (schlump), Monday, 7 May 2012 10:58 (six years ago) Permalink

I signed up for a trial with 4ormat.com - kind of a fancier, hosted indexhibit. Dunno if it would be worth $12/month in the end.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Monday, 7 May 2012 13:02 (six years ago) Permalink

eschew flash

Grimy Little Pimp (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Monday, 7 May 2012 18:45 (six years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

i know y'all probably figured this out but man don't use photobucket, fuck a retroactive-automatic-photo-resize, it fucked my whole photo-log.

also on a lighter note i figured out my rolling/archival photolog dilemma & built it - it has now & a then sections - + i am going to start it for real in September (though i can't imagine having the discipline/$$ to develop in chronological order, or to sort phots into days rather than batches).

blossom smulch (schlump), Saturday, 16 June 2012 19:21 (six years ago) Permalink

i guess this would be more of a question if i asked for domain-hosting advice that factored in the photocentric concern of needing a bunch of space for images.

blossom smulch (schlump), Saturday, 16 June 2012 19:22 (six years ago) Permalink

also should note that i am in fact referring to imageshack not photobucket, but using 'photobucket' because it is a more amusing name which is ingrained in my head

blossom smulch (schlump), Saturday, 16 June 2012 19:24 (six years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

hey dayo

how much is nearlyfreespeech.net costing you per mo (roughly), i'm trying to decide what to do about ~creating a photo website~

catbus otm (gbx), Thursday, 16 August 2012 19:47 (six years ago) Permalink

pennies per day? I think it's gonna cost me like $10-20 a year to host it

jack chick-fil-A (dayo), Friday, 24 August 2012 22:51 (six years ago) Permalink

it's annoying because you need to start a daily mysQL process (at least if you use indexhibit) that will cost money per day

if you don't need to start a daily mysql process then it's just bandwith used which is pennies I think

jack chick-fil-A (dayo), Friday, 24 August 2012 22:52 (six years ago) Permalink

i have been trying to work this stuff out, & was intending on using this place. but i am only mentioning this in case you want webhosting-forum-enthusiast-endorsed traditional hosting sites, NFS looks great.

very sexual album (schlump), Friday, 24 August 2012 23:27 (six years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

hey so here is a photography website question,

photo filesizes: do they matter

i think i worry that resolution is now a delicate thing, because people use both cellphones & also retina monitors, & i wondered about including images as large files that resize to a browser window. is it terrible to download an enormous image when you load a page? why is this terrible? how big is too big? how should we deal with this?

szarkasm (schlump), Monday, 19 August 2013 01:23 (five years ago) Permalink

I'd suggest choosing a medium resolution size, and uploading images at the same size at which they'll be displayed. not only would the filesizes be too large if you upload full resolution, but you would have no control over how the browser will scale the image.

chinavision!, Monday, 19 August 2013 13:22 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah, that sounds sensible & about right. ty. it just feels frustrating, because at the moment it would be really good to have some flexibility. when you upload things to picasa (which i think is a sorta facade for google drive), the url generated includes a number which you can alter to automatically generate a new copy of the JPG; so if you change it to s200 you get a small-ish image, it's like 120kb, if it's s800 it's a reasonable document size & it's 400kb, & so on. i put things online & played around with like, too large file sizes - so say 5mb for very large images - & at the same time that they are, kinda obviously, too large, i feel like they mean that i can look at things on a really big imac monitor at school & they look good & i can see the grain, but the images are resizing (albeit slowly) if i look at them on a desktop. i've been playing with using css to set image widths or heights to a percentage, rather than a pixel #, & i like what it means for viewing a website. if it wasn't for knowing that anyone looking at a site on a cellphone would be just blitzing their dataplan i would probably settle for a slow-loading website right now. i mean it's photos, people can wait.

szarkasm (schlump), Monday, 19 August 2013 15:25 (five years ago) Permalink

tbh I tend to dislike super large images on photo websites. I feel like you can't really 'see the photograph' in those cases, but just see a million little details or the grain.

chinavision!, Monday, 19 August 2013 20:31 (five years ago) Permalink


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