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Hi,

Just seeking a bit of advice really. My first gallery, powered by ART was slow and sluggish. I tried SIGE but I haven't a clue what to do with it and ended up with an article showing syntax as if it were text and nothing else.

I've moved on to Phoca after reading a post on here but it's not quite what I'm looking for. I don't particularly want my visitors to have to click on a category folder to access aspects of my gallery and I certainly don't want to offer them the option of downloading my pictures. It's a bit 'Picasa' and that's not what I'm looking for,

Does anyone have any good suggestions/links I could try. Preferrably something simple.

Thanks
Charlotte.
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@ Laurie
Great adventure stories and site! I am very impressed.

I notice that your images don't have captions. Is that by design or is it a limitation of the extension?

The most aggravating thing about gallery type software (desktop) in the past has been that metadata and image were stored in different database tables. When the software or storage media became obsolete, it was difficult to rematch caption to image. Today image and metadata can travel together as one file and hours spent captioning pictures won't get lost.

If images have a caption (or other information) in the metadata, can it be displayed online?
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Hello

There is a cool photo gallery for Joomla, which you can create own photo gallery website with free-of-cost http://themeok.org/simple-photo-gallery-free-download/ . It is very easily downloading and install within minutes.
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Thanks both for all your help. I've changed the picture sizes now and put a border around them so it's tidier. Much appreciated advice :-)
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Its good that you have your gallery working ok, I have had a look and from a personal point of view, I think that if possible you should try and get the images of a similar size.
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Thanks Laurie. Yes I have looked at your links and I can see why you'd like to preserve the images as they're excellent, mine are more for a sales purpose therefore, like you say, the quality isn't so important.
I've resized all to 600 now and compressed via Microsoft picture manager so hopefully once I resend the pictures via FTP they'll be more paletable.

Thanks for your help. :)
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OK Charlotte, looks like you're going well!

Most of my sites are photography sites so I want the images as big as I can display them. I give them a maximum width of 1000px or a maximum height of 800px, depending on whether they're horizontal or vertical.

In SIGE there's an option to scale the image to fit the screen, so if I view my site on my laptop, the photos still fit on the smaller screen. I imagine Simple Image Gallery would have the same option.

I would think for your style of site, you could display all your images with a maximum width and height of 600px or even a bit smaller.

Did you have a look at the page that I linked?

Now, once you have your images resized for quick loading, you need to optimise them for quicker loading. This means cutting back a bit on image quality. This cutback will not be seen on the web but would render your photos unsuitable for stealing and printing.

So save your images at 85% quality. This will save a lot of file size. You can go as low as 70% if you wish, but I wouldn't for my style of website.

I expect you'll also have an option to save your thumbnails at a specified quality. Given your style of site and the large number of thumbs, I'd suggest you save the thumbs at 75%.
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Thanks by the way :-)
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Ooh that worked! Not sure why it didn't the first time. Think some of my images are too big as when they open they're enormous
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G'day Charlotte!

Set From Root Directory to No. You want to display the images from the folder gallery which is in the images folder. It's not in the root folder.

If you then get the text appearing, you should check that you've enabled the plugin.

Let's get that sorted first and then I'll have a look at what you have and make suggestions on your image size and file size.
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Yep that's what I typed in.

Weird huh?

I have the slide 'from root directory' marked to 'yes' in the settings. When it was on no, {gallery}gallery{/gallery} appeared as text.
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Charlotte
What are you adding into the article page, it should be the following.

{gallery}gallery{/gallery}
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Hi Martin,

That's what I'm using at the moment but clearly it's not simple enough for me ;)

Here's a link to my gallery page and the message I'm getting :(

My images are in Media Manager in a folder called 'Gallery' so surely I've typed the instruction in correctly?

Bemused,

Thanks
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Charlotte
Have a look at Simple Image Gallery, see link below.
References
  1. http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/photos-a-images/galleries/content-photo-gallery/1468
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Thanks Laurie, I'd be very grateful. I do like the look of SIGE but for some reason I'm struggling to get it to follow the image path. I'm rubbish with HTML so I can imagine I'm typing it in wrong.

What size images do you recommend please?
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G'day Charlotte!

It seems unlikely that the sluggish display is the result of the gallery extension. More likely, it's the result of poorly sized and optimised images.

Here's a page where I've used SIGE: http://www.southimage.net/photo-stories/outback/42-lake-torrens-salt

Here's another page on the same site where I've used Very Simple Image Gallery (VSIG): http://www.southimage.net/photo-stories/coast/4-landscape-and-micro-landscape-aragunnu

I'd be happy to help you with the graphics issues if you wish.

I particularly like SIGE because I can place single images in the text content as well as displaying a whole gallery.
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