Penned 15 years ago. 1:41 Reading Time.
I have brought photos back to the site, but in a new way.
I really liked Pictorialis, after I hacked it up of course, but there was still the issue of integration. Pic was a seperate installation of WP which just added to the complexity of my database structure, and produced some unwanted effects when I say, upgraded by blog installation and all the photoblog tables were modified as well, which would make the PB break.
So when I redesigned the site I decided to go another way with my photography. I have toyed with flickr and I love it, but I am a little put off by the concept of relying on a third party to host and preserve my photos. And you know, I now PAY for web server space and bandwidth so I thought I should be using it.
I have recently given in and moved to the Theme System that ships with 1.3.x/1.5.x so I sat down and looked for a way to make it do my bidding. The result is Visual Experiments. I am pretty happy with it so far, just need to work out some more styling issues. I snagged the spiffy code from Couloir and bent it to my will, combining it with the excellent pages function in WordPress 1.3.x/1.5.x and voila! Photosets.
The beauty here is that my "photoblog" utilizes the existing structure and database. I am able to fold in comments and ratings via my rating plugin (and yes I know I am behind on releasing it... so sue me. It is still forth-coming and trust me, when you get it it will be worth the wait... I hope) as well as picking up the benefits of a smaller, less complicated database structure.
The way I have implemented it is pretty elegant I think, and the effects are nice. Let me know what you think of it, pros and cons, so I can continue to refine it.