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phTagr supports OpenShare Network

January 9th, 2010 Comments off

phTagr joined the OpenShare network which is the first free banner exchange service targeted at open and free source project. The idea is great but simple: You advertise other open source projects – the others advertise your project.

phTagr needs reputation and/or publicity – OpenShare seems to be a fair and great opertunity. Thank you OpenShare and good luck for your idea!

PS: If you know another way how to promote this great project, please speak up!

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phTagr runs on free web hoster!

January 9th, 2010 Comments off

I was just curious if phtagr runs fine on a free web hoster. And yes – it does and does a great job! This entry shows how you can setup your own photo web gallery – totally for free!

I chose the free hoster megabyet.net which comes with

  • Spam and ads free
  • 1,6 GB free storage
  • PHP
  • MySql database

… so all I need for running the gallery.

I signup at http://megabyet.com/signup.php for the free account, entered my new domain (of cause I choose the name phtagr), entered my name, email, and address. Then a captcha – success, I am human. After a few seconds I received an confirmation email with my new web space, username, password for the cPanel, and FTP.

Signup for a free web space at megabyet.net

So login to cPanel  for creating a mysql database – called phtagr, which becomes phtagrme_phtagr.

cPanel of megabyet.net

Successfull creation of a MySQL database

Successfull creation of a MySQL database

In the meanwhile I downloaded the latest phtagr source (r505) and extracted it locally. After doing that I was uploading it via FTP (FileZilla) the provided www directory of my new webspace.

Upload phtagr via FTP with FileZilla

Upload phtagr via FTP with FileZilla

Now its time to setup the new gallery! I opend the setup page of http://phtagr.megabyet.net/setup and followed the instructions. Everything worked fine. The connection to the database and the admin user creation had no problems.

Setup welcome screen

Setup welcome screen

Setup of database connection

Setup of database connection

Setup of admin account

Setup of admin account

I skipped these optional step

I skipped these optional step

As test images I used the screenshots which I did so far. I zipped them, uploaded the zip archive and imported the files after successful upload. Now it was time for some tagging.

Successful upload and extraction of the zip archive

Successful upload and extraction of the zip archive

Some tagging within the photo explorer

Some tagging within the photo explorer

The home page of phtagr

The startup page of phtagr

I wanted also to geo tag some images so I created a new google maps key (you need a google account for it) for the gallery URL http://phtagr.megabyet.net. The key was entered in the System -> Commands and now I was able to geo tag, too!

Entering the new key for google maps

Entering the new key for google maps

Geotagging with google maps

Geotagging with google maps

And as last test I did a WebDAV connection with cadaver to http://phtagr.megabyet.net/webdav. That worked, too!

WebDAV connection to gallery

WebDAV connection to my gallery files

So all in all it made lots of fun seeing this great gallery running on a free web hoster. You can upload your photos, tag them – also with geo location, see your images in the build-in slideshow, add other users with there upload quota, etc.

When do you install your own phTagr?

You can see all screenshots at the demo page or some screenhost at megabyet.net.

PS: What does not worked well was an initial setup at byethost.com where the database connection was not working for some reasons. Also the sending of email did not work out of the box at megabyet.net.

Eliminated Software Requirements

January 5th, 2010 Comments off

I am happy to announce with revision r505 that the software requirements are finally reduced to a minimum! phTagr requires now only a basic LAMP:

  • Webserver (tested with Apache)
  • PHP (tested with PHP5)
  • GD or ImageMagick
  • database engine (tested with mysql)

This change improves and simplifies the initial steps to run this great gallery! Further, the installation documentation was updated and improved.

exiftool and ffmpeg are no longer required to run the basic operations. Further the dependend PEAR libraries are now included into the software. The new version could be downloaded as  ZIP archive or TAR ball – happy  testing.

Without exiftool the meta data like tags, categories or geo location are imported from photos but not be written back to them. Without ffmpeg only flash movies could be imported. If you have ffmpeg other video formats are supported and the videos are automatically converted from AVI, MPEG or MOV to the flash file format. ffmpeg also creates the a video preview. If now preview exists a default image is shown.