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EE 2.1 Photo Gallery WITHOUT Channel Images add-on?
Posted: 19 July 2010 11:21 AM
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Hi all,

Firstly, I know the EE Photo Gallery module was removed from EE2 - that’s fine, I’m not worried about that.  I would still like a photo gallery, though.

Has anyone had any success doing this in EE2 *without* using add-ons like Channel Images?  I’m sure it can be done with EE channels but I’ve only been able to show a single image per entry - pretty useless for a gallery.

I’m keen to try Channel Images at some stage but not yet - EE must be able to do this natively somehow (and I’ve already paid for EE 2.1 anyway).

I’m interested to hear how anyone else has done this, if it’s been made to work so far.

Thanks!  smile

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Posted: 19 July 2010 11:37 AM   [ # 1 ]   [ Rating: 0 ]
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There are many ways to create a gallery but I’ll start off with two.

The simplest option is create a channel called “images” and a category group called “gallery”. Just make each gallery/album a new sub-category and assign the image to it.

You could also create two channels: “image” and “gallery”. Have an entry relationship field (I don’t remember the actual name because I don’t use EE anymore) to the gallery channel. Each gallery, as you’d expect, represents a gallery. Use the relationship / reverse relationship tags to get the images in the gallery.

I’m not sure how familiar you are with EE terminology so just ask for a clarification on what you don’t understand.

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Posted: 19 July 2010 11:43 PM   [ # 2 ]   [ Rating: 0 ]
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Hi there - thanks for your reply.

The first option is basically what I’ve done already but I stopped pursuing that method because of the lack of a way to upload multiple images into a single gallery.  Having a sub-category for each individual image seems quite counter-productive to me and would surely take a REALLY long time if I have a gallery of many hundreds of images.  I might have missed the way to do multiple images in a single entry and I’d be happy to hear how to do that, ifit is possible.

The entry relationship field option isn’t something I’ve looked at yet but I’ll be doing that soon.  smile

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Posted: 20 July 2010 12:54 AM   [ # 3 ]   [ Rating: 0 ]
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To be honest you won’t find a real “easy” solution using built-in EE tools.

For once, if you want to upload multiple images at once you need to create multiple Upload fields. (i am not sure if the Upload fieldtype can re-size the image on the fly. Correct me if i am wrong tho.)

You could use nGen File Field, but that’s for EE1.6 only: http://devot-ee.com/add-ons/ngen-file/
I don’t see another easy way of uploading multiple images and resizing them on the fly.

Or Simple S3 Uploader: http://devot-ee.com/add-ons/simple-s3-uploader/
But that only does Amazon S3

This one would be maybe what is viable: http://devot-ee.com/add-ons/ff-matrix-bulk-multiple-upload/ (i think it works on EE2, since it uses Matrix 2, http://pixelandtonic.com/matrix, which works on EE2)

I am happy to hear other people’s thoughts/ideas.

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Posted: 20 July 2010 12:57 AM   [ # 4 ]   [ Rating: 0 ]
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Hi DevDemon,

Cheers for your info - you’ve answered a number of things I’ve been wondering about up till now.

As I said in the original post I’d be interested in trying Channel Images some time but it’d be great if there was a trial version I could try first.  Also, are there demo sites that you guys have created or that others have created that use Channel Images?  So far I’ve only found screenshots of the control panel pages.  smile

Thanks again.

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Posted: 20 July 2010 01:12 AM   [ # 5 ]   [ Rating: 0 ]
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There is always a money back guaranteed if it doesn’t suit your needs.

There are numerous sites we have built using Channel Images, but most of our clients wanted a easy way to add images to entries.

But with some creativity and using categories/relations if you want. You could create a gallery using Channel Images. It might not give you absolute control about how you want to organize things (it’s not a dedicated gallery.).

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Posted: 04 November 2010 09:57 PM   [ # 6 ]   [ Rating: 0 ]
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Hey digital formula,

I am struggling with the same issue, have u found an option yet?

Thanks

 
Posted: 04 November 2010 10:09 PM   [ # 7 ]   [ Rating: 0 ]
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kempes - 05 November 2010 01:57 AM

Hey digital formula,

I am struggling with the same issue, have u found an option yet?

Thanks

Nope.  My requirements changed a bit so I haven’t tried again since then but I’m still interested in finding a way to do it without a paid plugin.

I know with EE it should be relatively simple to create a custom gallery using a dedicated channel but I couldn’t make it work without too much messing about back when I tried it.

What have you tried so far?

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Posted: 05 November 2010 12:24 AM   [ # 8 ]   [ Rating: 0 ]
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Well, i didn’t try anything as yet. I was theorizing as to how it would work. I guess I would have to find another solution. Post your full method for me. I would really appreciate it.

 
Posted: 05 November 2010 02:13 AM   [ # 9 ]   [ Rating: 0 ]
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kempes - 05 November 2010 04:24 AM

Well, i didn’t try anything as yet. I was theorizing as to how it would work. I guess I would have to find another solution. Post your full method for me. I would really appreciate it.

My full method?  If I had one I’d be happy to share it but as I said above, I couldn’t make it work without too much messing around ... sorry.

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