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Anyone using Wordpress as their portfolio/photoblog site?

I’m thinking of it as an alternative because I really like the content management backend and the plethora of 3rd party support.

Pros/cons?

Post yours if you have one.

W

PS Glad you’re back with us, Teru.

by Wayne Huang at 2009-05-28 03:50:38 UTC Los Angeles , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Hey Wayne,

I’m a total wordpress evangelist with 2 blogs: http://www.meckels.net and http://www.african-russia.net it’s great soft and totaly worth the time to learn. Really flexible with tons of plugins and now automatically updates itself. Take the plunge I say. LSer Michel de Groot http://www.micheldegroot.com also uses it for his site I know and doubtlessly countless more.

I’m not sure what you mean by 3rd party support though….?

Mike

by [former member] | 28 May 2009 09:05 | Moscow, Russia | | Report spam→
We’re using Wordpress on Gaia Photos, www.gaia-photos.com.

Found ourselves a good template with slide show option. Customized it a bit. With a couple of plugins, it’s great for multi-user management! And for something like our project, I really love the tag system! Click on a tag and see features on that subject from around the world!

—> http://www.gaia-photos.com

by Morten Svenningsen | 28 May 2009 16:05 | Kathmandu, Nepal | | Report spam→
Hey, i have interest too. How is the procedure to obtein a personal domain, how much do you have to pay? many thanks

by Hernan Zenteno | 28 May 2009 17:05 | Buenos Aires, Argentina | | Report spam→
Wayne,

A good piece of software that was created specifically for photo blogs is Pixel Post http://www.pixelpost.org/ I use it on my photo blog http://www.tryandguess.com/photolog and it’s fast, extremely easy, supports third-party plugins, templates, auto-resizing of photos uploaded, everything you’d want.

-Christopher

by Christopher Guess | 28 May 2009 17:05 | Madison, United States | | Report spam→
Not exactly a photo-blog but I am using some of my photos…

http://web-tech.ga-usa.com

Best,
:)
Dale

by Dale Reagan | 28 May 2009 18:05 | Savannah, Ga, United States | | Report spam→
I use wordpress- it’s awesome. Start tinkering and you’ll figure it out in no time. I can’t think of any cons- the support of the community is the best pro tho. Any question you have about coding, newbie or no, will be answered in the forums. Plus if you get dreamhost, there is a one click install. www.EmilyAnneEpstein.com

by Emily Anne Epstein | 28 May 2009 19:05 (ed. May 28 2009) | buenos aires, Argentina | | Report spam→
i use wordpress and love it. it’s got a ton of space (for free) and is extremely user friendly to people like myself who don’t know jack about making websites. it’s a great place for just throwing on the daily or weekly collection in a clean design space.

http://armyphoto.wordpress.com

by Phil Sussman | 28 May 2009 20:05 | Olympia, WA, United States | | Report spam→
I am happily using Wordpress: http://johnvink.com/news

by [former member] | 28 May 2009 22:05 | Phnom Penh, Centre of the Univ, Cambodia | | Report spam→
Eleanor uses Wordpress…. -M

by Matt Wright-Steel | 29 May 2009 00:05 | austin, texas, United States | | Report spam→
Hey people, how much have to pay for this? i have no idea about all that things, do you have to pay appart for a domain. As you understand $$$ count a lot for me.

by Hernan Zenteno | 29 May 2009 01:05 | Buenos Aires, Argentina | | Report spam→
Hernan, there’s the free Wordpress hosting, which is limited in terms of what you can customize and storage space. You can pay Wordpress to get more flexibility in this regard.

The other way is to pay for hosting elsewhere and get the Wordpress 5-minute install (free) and place it on your own server, which will allow you to customize to your hearts content.

by Wayne Huang | 29 May 2009 02:05 (ed. May 29 2009) | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
Christopher, thanks for the heads up on pixelpost, looks very interesting.

by Wayne Huang | 29 May 2009 02:05 | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
Phil, I like that theme a lot! Simple and clean. Might have to bite off you.

by Wayne Huang | 29 May 2009 02:05 (ed. May 29 2009) | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
All yours Wayne, glad you liked it. I’ve also used the Pressbox theme on an older blog, but I think this is the sharpest.

Be sure to throw a link up when you make it live!

by Phil Sussman | 29 May 2009 02:05 | Olympia, WA, United States | | Report spam→
If you’re looking for a template check out GraphPaperPress.com for photo/video-friendly designs by fellow LSer Thad Allender. After checking the link above I realized that Michel de Groot’s site is built on the GPP theme “modularity”.

Nice stuff.

-r

by | 29 May 2009 04:05 | Salina, KS, United States | | Report spam→
Rodrick, I was initially interested in their F8 theme, but unfortunately it seems to have issues with WP 2.7. I don’t think Thad has updated the theme.

by Wayne Huang | 30 May 2009 00:05 | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
MJR rocks wordpress: http://blog.wearemjr.com

by [former member] | 30 May 2009 01:05 | Philadelphia, United States | | Report spam→
http://www.100eyes.org is a WP site. So is DAH “Burn”. I have a workshop scheduled for July in New Orleans which will be dedicated to creating your own site from WP and completely customizing it. This workshop will include introduction to HTML, CSS, and to simple PHP. Think of PHP as the glue, html as the wood, and CSS as the saw and paint that WP uses, along with the SQL database backend that is the heart of the system. If you look at Emily Ann Epsein’s site I think you will get an idea of how flexile the WP CMS (content management system) can be……using WP you can create your own site and only have to pay $125 per year for your hosting on Dreamhost or Bluehost for example. And WP is great for SEO (search engine optimization) plus there are now html slideshows that allow you to have your images indexed (if you so choose.) Understanding just a few key concepts will allow you to get much more out of WP than the linear blog…..right now I think the workshop is priced at $950, but if I can get 10 students I will drop that down $750. Also the dates are flexible, its possible to do this in the early Fall if there is more convenient. Of course I encourage students to photograph in and around NOLA as we need content for our sites, right?

by [former member] | 30 May 2009 16:05 | | Report spam→
Thanks for the compliment Andy! Regardless of the challenges in designing your own site, learning Wordpress (CSS, HTML and PHP) gives you a great edge on web based journalism.

by Emily Anne Epstein | 30 May 2009 17:05 | buenos aires, Argentina | | Report spam→
I use WP for both the Constant Eye site http://www.theconstanteye.com/ and my own blog http://www.paulhardycarter.com/wordpress/

For the picture selling part of my site http://www.paulhardycarter.com/gallery2/ I use Gallery2, which is very good and easy to set up, and very customisable. They even have an integration project with WordPress, although I don’t use that yet.

Cheers, P.

by Paul Hardy Carter | 31 May 2009 08:05 | Monte Pego, Spain | | Report spam→
Seeing all the creative stuff you’ve all done with WP is quite inspiring.

I’ve begun to take a stab at it myself: http://www.waynehuang.net/ (note—work in progress)

Any feedback is appreciated.

by Wayne Huang | 31 May 2009 11:05 (ed. May 31 2009) | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
Paul and Wayne look at improving your permalinks…….Paul you have WP is a sub-directory, you can clean that up for the search engines by tweaking the PHP and moving a few files— looks like your index page may be non-WP html. Wayne, try using permalinks that represent the content a bit — look at LS for example. http://www.lightstalkers.org/anyone-using-wordpress-as-their-portfoliophotoblog-site is the link for this page.

by [former member] | 31 May 2009 14:05 | | Report spam→
Thanks Andy!

You’re dead right, the index page isn’t WP, just something I knocked up. I didn’t realise that was a problem. The permalinks work for me, for instance this one:

http://www.theconstanteye.com/wordpress/vol-1/christ-on-a-beach/

gets to the right place. I didn’t try to change the sub-directory from /wordpress to /blog, but it looked like more hassle than it was worth. Perhaps I should persevere. What’s the advantage?

Cheers, Paul.

by Paul Hardy Carter | 31 May 2009 14:05 | Monte Pego, Spain | | Report spam→
On the other hand, if you’re talking about the http://www.paulhardycarter.com site, there’s a lot more on that site besides the WP stuff so I need to keep it separate.

Again though, I made both of these sites myself, and I’m no coder, so if there’s something I can improve I’m very keen to hear about it!

Cheers, Paul.

by Paul Hardy Carter | 31 May 2009 14:05 | Monte Pego, Spain | | Report spam→
Probably not much Paul, although the simpler and more descriptive the better, as far as the permalinks go. I wouldn’t worry too about it.

by [former member] | 31 May 2009 15:05 | | Report spam→
@ Andy Levin – can you give a little more information concerning the indexed html slideshows? In a previous post you mentioned jQuery slideshows too: I had a look and found some scripts but nothing very conclusive (at least nothing that could be easily implemented). I’ve got a WordPress site in the making here http://www.danslaglace.com but I have doubts about the amount of Flash I’m using… Pity I can’t get to the workshop: it sounds really useful!

by DPC | 01 Jun 2009 07:06 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
Andy, I totally overlooked the permalinks…such a small, but important detail.

by Wayne Huang | 01 Jun 2009 09:06 | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
There isn’t anything wrong with Flash. In fact there are alot of things that are good about it. Its cross-browser friendly, the images aren’t easy to steal as they are in html site, etc. Right now Flash is not indexable by the search engines, and thats either good or bad depending on your point of view. Looking at your site, I see no reason you wouldn’t want to use Flash, especially if you can add some jpegs around your site with the requisite tags for the search engines to find, if you think that anyone is going to track you down based on your content.

by [former member] | 01 Jun 2009 15:06 | | Report spam→
My current hosting platform doesn’t allow SQL databases so have been keeping my wordpress.com blog looking as personal as i can

www.timlloydphoto.wordpress.com

My years hosting is up for renewal in the next month so am looking forward to replacing it with something that allows wordpress.org. can’t wait to get dived in to it.

Shopping for a new host that has great reviews is another thing…..

by Tim Lloyd | 01 Jun 2009 15:06 (ed. Jun 1 2009) | Chester, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Thanks Andy!

by DPC | 01 Jun 2009 15:06 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
I use WP not for blog, for portfolio only:
http://www.dmitryshubin.ru

by Dmitry Nikolaev | 01 Jun 2009 16:06 | | Report spam→
i started using wordpress recently too, i really like it.
its nice being able to keep track of how many people are visiting.
you have to spend a lot of time just figuring out how to get started, but once you’ve got down the basics there’s a lot you can do. i use a graph paper press theme too, didn’t realize it was made by a fellow LSer, that’s great to hear!

http://allan.lissner.net/

by Allan Lissner | 01 Jun 2009 18:06 | Toronto, Canada | | Report spam→
I just switched over to WP and I love it. My site is www.ansleywest.com

by Ansley West | 01 Jun 2009 18:06 | Santa Cruz, CA, United States | | Report spam→
Does anyone have a tip to incorporating a Lightroom/SlideshowPro slideshow into a Wordpress entry?
When I have tried to “add media” to a WP blog entry, it simply comes up with a link to the slideshow rather than embedding it into the blog. I have also tried uploading the slideshow from Lightroom to a folder on my site and linking it from there but again no luck with embedding the slideshow itself.

by Kristin Oliver | 01 Jun 2009 18:06 | Santiago, Chile | | Report spam→
Kristin this is what you need…………http://slidepress.net/. If you have Director, which you should, all you do is upload images into Director, sequence, and copy the XML path to enter in WP Slidepress. I believe that you must also buy SSP for Flash to utilize this as well, but its much, much better than trying to use the Lightroom plugin for many reasons.

Don’t forget about my web publishing workshops: http://www.100eyes.org/workshops And the workshops in Haiti and Uganda are going to be fabulous as well.

by [former member] | 01 Jun 2009 19:06 (ed. Jun 1 2009) | | Report spam→
Ah, thank you kindly Andy! I will get that installed.
I would love to go back to Nola sometime this year.
And it looks like 100eyes has a lot of really great things going…

by Kristin Oliver | 01 Jun 2009 19:06 | Santiago, Chile | | Report spam→
Kristin, there are other options….someone has created an SWF Object compatible plug-in—until I found slidepress I had that, but I no longer remember the name. With that one you can embed the SWF that Lightroom spits out…..but be careful of those xml paths, they can get tricky!

by [former member] | 01 Jun 2009 19:06 | | Report spam→
would that plugin be this http://kimili.com/plugins/kml_flashembed ?

by DPC | 01 Jun 2009 20:06 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
http://sbramin.com

all wp.

by sbramin | 01 Jun 2009 20:06 (ed. Jun 1 2009) | london, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
DPC, thats one of them…..here is some code that will do the same thing if you don’t want to bother with the plugin, which is a pain to edit, you have to create a new one every time….here is the code, you have to change the album# and the instance of the flash object, and make sure the path is right, according to ypur setup, as well as enter the sizes you want the slideshow to appear at, and add whatever parameters you want. This one allows full screen, background color is black, etc.

<object classid=‘clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000’

codebase=‘http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0’

width=‘300’ height=‘200’ id=‘my_ssp’ align=’top’>

<param name=‘FlashVars’

value=‘xmlfile=http://www.yoursite.com/ssp_director/images.php?album=12’

/>

<param name=‘quality’

value=‘high’ /><embed

FlashVars=‘xmlfile=http://www.yoursite.com/ssp_director/images.php?album=12’
src=‘my_ssp.swf’ quality=‘high’ bgcolor=‘#000000’

width=‘300’ height=‘200’ name=‘my_ssp’ align=‘top’

allowScriptAccess=‘always’ allowFullScreen=‘false’

type=‘application/x-shockwave-flash’

pluginspage=‘http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer’ />



by [former member] | 01 Jun 2009 21:06 (ed. Jun 1 2009) | | Report spam→
Its number two Aytec—“creating an autonomous blog in the website using a WP theme”, so you are doing something incorrrectly. The URL should open up to your WP blog and not require you to log in to Wordpress itself.

Creating a sub-domain for the blog, unless you are creating a separate domain, ie www.yourblog,comt, is probably not something you really want to do, as it just adds another level of complexity that you don’t need starting out. See this http://wpautoblog.com/blog/320/blogger-wordpress-sub-domain-sub-directory-new-domain-oh-my/

by [former member] | 01 Jun 2009 22:06 (ed. Jun 1 2009) | | Report spam→
You haven’t found the right place….you go to the install.php file, AFTER you have set up the SQL database info in the wp-config.php file using any text editor. This is the password to the database and path usuallly localhost. Go to the WP side for instructions….

by [former member] | 02 Jun 2009 00:06 (ed. Jun 2 2009) | | Report spam→
I have been using wordpress for a while now and weighing the pro/con of this tool i have to say I love it…I changed a few themes before customizing the one I am using now. You can check it at www.antoniodivico.com

by [former member] | 02 Jun 2009 17:06 | L'Aquila, Italy | | Report spam→
I have been using one for a while. It’s very good for beginners like me who don’t have any idea about web page designing and can’t spend much $$$ in making websites, very flexible too, but now I’m realising having basic knowledge of HTML, CSS and PHP would be even more helpful.
http://kishorksharma.wordpress.com/

by Kishor K. Sharma | 05 Jun 2009 13:06 (ed. Jun 5 2009) | Kolkata, India | | Report spam→
Nothing but a single wordpress installation under the hood of my website: http://www.mscottbrauer.com/ Using a few custom-made scripts to get the thumbnail pages working just right… And then dvafoto is all wordpress, but it looks and acts like a blog…

The trick with designing a portfolio with wordpress is that you need to realize just how little of wordpress’ functionality is needed and how much of it gets in the way. Strip out all the date-sorting, commenting, blog-style organization, etc., and you’ve got a perfectly functional CMS that can do plenty of what most websites need. Then, work in some custom category templates, so some categories look more like blogs when it makes sense, and some look more like other webpages, and you’re good to go.

by M. Scott Brauer | 06 Jun 2009 02:06 | Nanjing, China | | Report spam→
I am in the process of designing my portfolio ( and not a Photoblog) using wordpress…
Could anyone suggest some free themes that can give my site a portfolio like look ?

by Chhandak Pradhan | 06 Jun 2009 12:06 | Kolkata, India | | Report spam→
CHHANDAK if you do a google search for “wordpress theme photo blog” you will find some top XX lists of free themes for photographers. Often times the ‘portfolio-like’ themes are the most stripped down where as most theme creators assume you want a photoblog. This means whatever theme you find, you’ll likely have to get your hands dirty customizing the CSS/PHP code.

by Wayne Huang | 08 Jun 2009 04:06 | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
Aytac, re: e-mail notification plugin

Assuming you’ve implemented it correctly, you may want to check with your host server. Many block the PHP mail() function, I believe for security/anti-spam reasons.

by Wayne Huang | 08 Jun 2009 04:06 (ed. Jun 8 2009) | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
I’m a fan of WP.

It works very well and has many good add ons.

This is my third WP based site: gmmorris.com

by Che Kofif | 08 Jun 2009 08:06 | | Report spam→
Gidi, I could not, for the life of me, get F8 to work for me on WP 2.7. No image would show up on the home page. Which version are you running?

by Wayne Huang | 08 Jun 2009 08:06 (ed. Jun 8 2009) | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
Gidi, thats a really nice job, is that from a theme?

by [former member] | 08 Jun 2009 19:06 | | Report spam→
@ Wayne….. Thanks for that advice.
Found something close to what i was looking here-
http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/wpfolio

But still a lotta tinkering to do. WP Rocks! \m/

by Chhandak Pradhan | 08 Jun 2009 20:06 | Kolkata, India | | Report spam→
What sort of email notification do you want? I use Wordpress Thread Comment for comment threading and email notifications of comment replies on wordpress 2.7.1, and I use Feed My Inbox to provide a “subscribe by email” box on my blog; it’s just an rss-to-email service. APhotoEditor.com also recently mentioned a post notification wordpress plugin I’ve got no experience with it, but it might do what you want.

by M. Scott Brauer | 08 Jun 2009 23:06 | Nanjing, China | | Report spam→
Andy,

That’s the F8 theme found at http://graphpaperpress.com. I believe it has compatibility issues with WP 2.7

by Wayne Huang | 08 Jun 2009 23:06 (ed. Jun 8 2009) | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks Wayne, let me look at that…….its very nice though, have you tried it with 2.8?

by [former member] | 09 Jun 2009 00:06 | | Report spam→
Yeah, Andy, as Wayne said its the F8 theme, but I modified it quite a bit to suit my needs…

by Che Kofif | 09 Jun 2009 07:06 | | Report spam→
Andy, I haven’t gone to 2.8 yet so I can’t speak to that. My guess is that it won’t work with it.

by Wayne Huang | 09 Jun 2009 21:06 | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
FWIW- http://timfreccia.com
Totally WP; PHPthumb, and galleria.js
A cool guy in the Maldives made the theme and I tweaked it.

by [former member] | 10 Jun 2009 08:06 | Nairobi, Kenya | | Report spam→
hi Wayne,

i am also using wordpress for one of my blog to show my
journalistic photos…please come and see my blog at samiajirinjani.wordpress.com…
waiting for your comment also..
ciaooo…

by Rangga Rinjani | 10 Jun 2009 16:06 | Jakarta, Indonesia | | Report spam→
I’m following this thread with great interest, as I have a small team working on developing a set of WordPress templates for photographers.

Meanwhile, GraphPaper Press have just released a new WordPress theme, Full Screen, aimed squarely at photographers. It looks very nice indeed, although I would want to pull out the splash page, the rest of the theme is a very clean on black layout. Worth a look.

Info on Full Screen: http://graphpaperpress.com/2009/06/10/fullscreen-wordpress-theme/
Demo of Full Screen: http://graphpaperpress.com/demo/2009/?wptheme=Fullscreen

by Ando Perez | 10 Jun 2009 16:06 | St. Ives, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Blue, that new GPP theme looks great. If you need any suggestions/feedback for your upcoming templates, let me know.

by Wayne Huang | 11 Jun 2009 08:06 | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
Great, I’ll be in touch as soon as we run the alpha testing Wayne, meanwhile, any suggestions, requests or recommendations on features, layouts, colour schemes and styles from you, or any other Lightstalker would be most welcome. Email to us: studio[at]createfolios.com

by Ando Perez | 14 Jun 2009 05:06 | St. Ives, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
wordpress is a fine platform… but I just don’t think it’s well suited to photography.

http://www.indexhibit.org/ is nice… really simple and you can get some great results from it.

but saying that, I actually used wordpress for: http://statementimages.co.uk/
but I moved away from the standard arrangements and presentation by date etc.

by James Dodd | 15 Jun 2009 13:06 | Sheffield, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Interesting James…just taking a look at IndexExhibit now, but wonder if anyone else here has used it?

I just came across a link to this one in my Twitter feed: http://myprofolio.sticktacular.com/

View a gallery of examples at http://myprofolio.sticktacular.com/gallery.php

[note: these are not WordPress, but alternatives, perhaps, so I’m hoping this isn’t going off topic]

by Ando Perez | 15 Jun 2009 16:06 | St. Ives, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Very interesting page, I just discovered that Gallery2 allowed the ‘lightbox’ feature offered by photoshelter for which I’d have to pay, but I can now set it up myself and sell my pics online! (as seen on http://www.paulhardycarter.com/gallery2) Wonderful!

Concerning the wordpress option, it is the best to me! I use a theme (viewport) which presents a gallery of my last posts and allows to give all the space needed to my shots and integrate that blog within my homepage. I also use slideshows in order to present series which are accessible from the blog (and soon from the new homepage)

Check it out:

http://blog.pongo.eu.org (homepage at http://pongo.eu.org)

Concerning the address, for Europeans, any of us (and maye non Europeans too) can get a free .eu.org web address (hear dns) on request!

by Lpongo | 16 Jun 2009 12:06 | Maas, Netherlands | | Report spam→
Gallery 3.0 beta is out now too. Would this be useful to incorporate into a WP site?

by Ando Perez | 17 Jun 2009 04:06 | St. Ives, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
As I just mentioned, the “lightbox” option, allowing to sell prints via paypal/visa seems very appealing to me. However, I’d wait for the 3.0 version to be final before incorporation it to my blog&website (but that’s a personal choice) :)
And I have now idea how to actually do it, but it shouldn’t be to complicated.

by Lpongo | 17 Jun 2009 09:06 | Maas, Netherlands | | Report spam→
I found Gallery2 easy to set-up, but there are parts of it that are pretty geeky. If you’re happy hacking into Wordpress themes, then there’s nothing in Gallery set-up to worry you. There’s a good forum based support system too, and loads of plugins.

Cheers, Paul.

by Paul Hardy Carter | 17 Jun 2009 10:06 | Monte Pego, Spain | | Report spam→
I just finished my website www.davidjolkovski.com, it’s built with wordpress along with this:http://labs.paulicio.us/viewport/

a few other wordpress portfolio techniques can be found here: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/29/ultimate-guide-to-using-wordpress-for-a-portfolio/

by David Jolkovski | 19 Jun 2009 02:06 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
GraphPaper Press have a new WordPress template out today:
http://graphpaperpress.com/2009/06/18/work-a-holic/

by Ando Perez | 19 Jun 2009 05:06 | St. Ives, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
David, that’s a great link to Smashing Magazine. Working on a similar piece for our blog. Have Tweeted it too.

by Ando Perez | 19 Jun 2009 06:06 | St. Ives, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
David, I’m glad to see a nice use of viewport again, I use it too as I found it on smashingmagazine.
A little extra for anyone who would like to easily integrate galleries into their wordpress is:
Simple/Auto-viewer, two flash galleries which are very easy to set up (there’s even a lightroom plugin I think) available there => http://www.airtightinteractive.com/viewers/
An example of that integration can be seen on my website there => http://blog.pongo.eu.org/page/2/#6 (click on the title and then on the image)
And there’s a nifty Windows application that automatically generates simpleviewer galleries there => http://stegmann.dk/mikkel/porta/ (and for mac users, it works in Crossover ;).

by Lpongo | 19 Jun 2009 10:06 (ed. Jun 19 2009) | Maas, Netherlands | | Report spam→
I am using WordPress for my photo-blog and I find it simple and good to use.

http://jbphotos.wordpress.com/

by Jennifer Balcombe | 20 Jun 2009 16:06 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Hi Wayne,

I just remembered Donald Weber’s website which certainly has a blog format, and to me appears to be build on wordpress – in any case it might as well be (with a customized theme). http://donaldweber.com/
It is his portfolio site, and does not leave the impression of a blog, except for the top-to-bottom format. I really like its simplicity.
If you have your own domain you can download wordpress from wordpress.org (not .com), download and install a theme you like, and then go crazy with customizing it in the css file (which you edit through your wordpress dashboard editor). For instance, I have a wordpress blog that I’ve customized from a ‘barecity’ wordpress theme to the current timbuktu.dk.
If you don’t want to customize it, there are good free themes out there made by photographer-alike people. Try searching for ‘depo-clean’, ‘depo-skinny’, ‘plainscape’ themes for simplicity. The two depo ones were made specifically for photo blogging but would work just fine for a portfolio.
Then there’s the graphpaperpress themes other people mentioned, much more fancy and specifically portfolio themes, but those you have to pay for, and I think for portfolios you often don’t need more than the simple free themes can give you. (I much prefer simple and usable over cool design).
Thomas

by Thomas Elsted | 26 Jun 2009 05:06 | Quetzaltenango, Guatemala | | Report spam→
Hi Wayne,

I just remembered Donald Weber’s website which certainly has a blog format, and to me appears to be build on wordpress – in any case it might as well be (with a customized theme). http://donaldweber.com/
It is his portfolio site, and does not leave the impression of a blog, except for the top-to-bottom format. I really like its simplicity.
If you have your own domain you can download wordpress from wordpress.org (not .com), download and install a theme you like, and then go crazy with customizing it in the css file (which you edit through your wordpress dashboard editor). For instance, I have a wordpress blog that I’ve customized from a ‘barecity’ wordpress theme to the current timbuktu.dk.
If you don’t want to customize it, there are good free themes out there made by photographer-alike people. Try searching for ‘depo-clean’, ‘depo-skinny’, ‘plainscape’ themes for simplicity. The two depo ones were made specifically for photo blogging but would work just fine for a portfolio.
Then there’s the graphpaperpress themes other people mentioned, much more fancy and specifically portfolio themes, but those you have to pay for, and I think for portfolios you often don’t need more than the simple free themes can give you. (I much prefer simple and usable over cool design).
Thomas

by Thomas Elsted | 26 Jun 2009 05:06 | Quetzaltenango, Guatemala | | Report spam→
This is a pretty long thread but I just found this that y’all might find interesting: http://www.blogperfume.com/best-free-weblog-software-other-than-wordpress/

This goes over 10 popular and not-so-popular content management systems if, perhaps, Wordpress is too complicated/not quite up your alley.

I’d suggest taking a week or two, installing a couple of these and trying them out under some real world conditions (do a few posts, toss up a few photos, have a few people comment) and make sure you’re not locking yourself into a system you just settled on.

-Christopher

by Christopher Guess | 30 Jun 2009 07:06 | Madison, United States | | Report spam→
Hi,
I’m using wordpress on my photoblog and like it very much.
It’s free and very easy to use.

www.filipebianchi.com/blog

Filipe

by Filipe Bianchi | 02 Jul 2009 19:07 | Lisbon, Portugal | | Report spam→
I’m using Wordpress for my portfolio and blog have been pleased with it so far. I have found that the more time you can commit to it and the more you amend the code the more professional looking your website will become. I think a Wordpress is great and would recommend it to others.

www.greensnapperphotography.com

by Jane Baker | 09 Jul 2009 15:07 | Birmingham, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Since renewing my website hosting i’ve now redesigned both my blog and website with Wordpress. I’ve yet to piece together an updated portfolio on my site but once the images are together i think i’ll be happy with the ease of altering it as its just a blog behind the scenes.

www.timlloydphoto.com
www.timlloydphoto.com/blog

by Tim Lloyd | 10 Jul 2009 23:07 | Chester, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Jane, I took a look at your site. There appears to be some problems with the menu tabs floating on top of the title.

by Wayne Huang | 11 Jul 2009 03:07 | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
@ Tim Lloyd: looks like your slideshow is being stretched horizontally on the front page. Those racehorses look fat to me…

by DPC | 11 Jul 2009 06:07 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
I cropped all of the images from the originals to fit the largest screen resolution so none of the images should be stretched. Fat they must be…

by Tim Lloyd | 11 Jul 2009 13:07 | Chester, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
I’m using Wordpress and it works well, especially when you find a well-designed theme.

Wild Light – Portraits of the Wild World

by Rick Lieder | 11 Jul 2009 19:07 | Michigan, United States | | Report spam→
I use Wordpress and love it. I used to use PictoBrowser on my blog for showing photos. It’ll create a customizable slideshow in your posts that link to photos in a flickr account.

PictoBrowser
Plugin for Wordpress

my blog- woodenkimonos.com/therealmurphy

I love your layout, Filipe.

by Thomas Murphy | 16 Jul 2009 19:07 (ed. Jul 16 2009) | Brooklyn, NY, United States | | Report spam→
I use the ready-made Wordpress blog setup as a photo blog.
http://fotogrotto.wordpress.com/

by Clive Victor France | 16 Jul 2009 21:07 | Tokyo, Japan | | Report spam→
We are using Wordpress as a backend for our magazine:

theblacksnapper.com

and use Soundslides for the images.

(Note that this is a preview, we are going live on August 1)

by Frank Kloos | 22 Jul 2009 10:07 | Amsterdam, Netherlands | | Report spam→
Yep. We (a group of photographer-friends & I) formed an online collective, ZuperQuirk: http://www.zuperquirk.org over a year ago.

Originally, we were 6 — with the guy who recently left us (our seeming webmaster who kinda left the posting up to me 99% of the time — thanks) having his say that the whole thing be run from WP shell, but we share a hosted domain as well.

I was really adamant about wanting a minimum of copy (no comments or blog-type link pages) & having a simple, but fun “appearance” where the photos get the majority of the interest. (We also use a simple lightbox viewer where if you click on a photo — it goes into a simple manual slideshow for larger detail view).

I’d found a menu system that I liked & we’ve been using that to compartmentalize the different group “modules” & projects on the site (includes our designed pdf-zines for downloads).

I update with weekly photos, uh… weekly & the varied other projects are even more randomly added. We’re planning a bit of a site overhaul as we’ve recently switched hosts (from the Netherlands to the UK)… so any comments, we’d surely take onboard. Thanks.

It’s been interesting seeing the different ways you all use the WP front-end. In all honesty, I find it a bit clunky (but then, we’re still using 2.5 & I’m worried about compatibility issues with some of the elements that are important for us).

by Didi S. Gilson | 25 Jul 2009 23:07 (ed. Jul 25 2009) | Anna Bay, NSW, Australia | | Report spam→

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Wayne Huang, Wayne Huang
Los Angeles , United States ( LAX )
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Photojournalist, fotograf
Rønne , Denmark
Hernan Zenteno, Photographer Hernan Zenteno
Photographer
Buenos Aires , Argentina ( EZE )
Christopher Guess, Documentary Photojournali Christopher Guess
Documentary Photojournali
Brooklyn , United States ( LGA )
Dale Reagan, Photographer, Consultant Dale Reagan
Photographer, Consultant
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Savannah, Ga , United States ( SAV )
Emily Anne Epstein, Reporter & Photographer Emily Anne Epstein
Reporter & Photographer
(Curiouser & Curiouser)
New York , United States
Phil Sussman, Photojournalist Phil Sussman
Photojournalist
Tampa, Fl , United States
Matt Wright-Steel, Matt Wright-Steel
Texas , United States
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Bowling Green, Ky. , United States
Paul Hardy Carter, Photographer Paul Hardy Carter
Photographer
(meet Triumph and Disaster...)
London , United Kingdom ( LHR )
DPC, Photographer DPC
Photographer
Paris , France
Tim Lloyd, Photographer Tim Lloyd
Photographer
Istanbul , Turkey ( IST )
Dmitry Nikolaev, photographer Dmitry Nikolaev
photographer
(photojournalism)
St.Petersburg , Russia
Allan Lissner, Multimedia Producer Allan Lissner
Multimedia Producer
Big Trout Lake , Canada
Ansley West, Photographer Ansley West
Photographer
Santa Fe, Nm , United States ( ABQ )
Kristin Oliver, Photographer Kristin Oliver
Photographer
New York, Ny , United States ( LGA )
sbramin, flaneur sbramin
flaneur
London , United Kingdom ( LHR )
Kishor K. Sharma, Kishor K. Sharma
Aarhus , Denmark
M. Scott Brauer, Photographer M. Scott Brauer
Photographer
Boston, Massachusetts , United States ( BOS )
Chhandak Pradhan, Writer | Photographer Chhandak Pradhan
Writer | Photographer
(Freelance)
Barcelona , Spain
Che Kofif, Trying to figure out Che Kofif
Trying to figure out
[undisclosed location].
Rangga Rinjani, freelance Photographer Rangga Rinjani
freelance Photographer
Jakarta , Indonesia
Ando Perez, Writer & Photographer Ando Perez
Writer & Photographer
Brighton , United Kingdom
James Dodd, Photographer James Dodd
Photographer
Sheffield , United Kingdom
Lpongo, Lpongo
Kinshasa , Congo (DRC)
David Jolkovski, Photographer David Jolkovski
Photographer
Washington, Dc , United States
Jennifer Balcombe, Photojournalist Jennifer Balcombe
Photojournalist
London , United Kingdom
Thomas Elsted, Working on it Thomas Elsted
Working on it
Copenhagen , Denmark ( CPH )
Filipe Bianchi, freelance photographer Filipe Bianchi
freelance photographer
Mumbai , India
Jane Baker, Documentary Photographer Jane Baker
Documentary Photographer
Birmingham , United Kingdom
Rick Lieder, Photographer, Painter Rick Lieder
Photographer, Painter
Michigan , United States
Thomas Murphy, Thomas Murphy
Brooklyn, Ny , United States
Clive Victor France, Media/Photographer Clive Victor France
Media/Photographer
Tokyo , Japan
Frank Kloos, designer/developer/editor Frank Kloos
designer/developer/editor
(Founding The Black Snapper)
Manado , Indonesia
Didi S. Gilson , Writer, Photographer Didi S. Gilson
Writer, Photographer
Anna Bay, Nsw , Australia


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