An Online Photo Gallery with Piwigo
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Building a Photo Gallery with Piwigo using cPanel and Softaculous

Piwigo is a powerful, open-source photo gallery software that can help you organise, manage and share your digital assets in a secure and user-friendly environment.

It’s the perfect solution for non-profit organisations seeking to boost their online visibility. In this article, we’ll walk you through how to set up and customise your Piwigo photo gallery using Softaculous in a shared-hosting environment.

Table of Contents

  1. Why Choose Piwigo #why-choose-piwigo
  2. Prerequisites #prerequisites
  3. Installing Piwigo #installing-piwigo
  4. Setting Up Piwigo #setting-up-piwigo
  5. Customising Piwigo #customising-piwigo
  6. Securing Piwigo #securing-piwigo
  7. Managing Your Piwigo Gallery #managing-your-piwigo-gallery
  8. Extending Piwigo with Plugins #extending-piwigo-with-plugins
  9. Piwigo’s Mobile Capabilities #piwigos-mobile-capabilities
  10. Backing Up Your Piwigo Gallery #backing-up-your-piwigo-gallery
  11. Troubleshooting Common Issues #troubleshooting-common-issues
  12. Conclusion #conclusion

Why Choose Piwigo

Piwigo is an excellent choice for anyone wanting to create an online photo gallery. Its rich set of features, robust performance, and the ability to customise it to your needs make it a go-to solution. Some standout features of Piwigo include:

  • Multilingual Support: Piwigo supports over 50 languages, making it an ideal choice for organisations operating in multiple regions.
  • Privacy Settings: You can set access controls to secure personal, family or client albums.
  • Extensibility: With a variety of themes and plugins, you can extend the functionality of your gallery to match your needs.
  • Community Support: Piwigo has a vibrant user community that can provide quick answers to your questions.

Prerequisites

Before installing Piwigo, you should have access to a web hosting account that supports PHP and MySQL. You’ll also need to have cPanel access for your hosting account and should have Softaculous installed.

Installing Piwigo

To install Piwigo using Softaculous, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your cPanel account.
  2. In the Software section, click on the Softaculous Apps Installer.
  3. In the Search box, type ‘Piwigo’ and press Enter.
  4. Click on the Install button.
  5. Fill in the required details in the installation form, including the domain, directory, site name, admin username, password, and email.
  6. Click on the Install button at the bottom of the form.

Softaculous will now install Piwigo on your hosting account. Once the installation is complete, you’ll receive a confirmation message with the URL of your new Piwigo photo gallery.

Setting Up Piwigo

After installing Piwigo, the next step is to set it up. This involves creating albums, uploading photos, and organising your gallery.

  1. Creating Albums: To create an album, go to the ‘Albums’ menu in the Piwigo dashboard and click on ‘Add’. You can create nested albums to better organise your photos.
  2. Uploading Photos: To upload photos, go to the ‘Photos’ menu and click on ‘Add’. You can upload multiple photos at once and assign them to an album.
  3. Organising Your Gallery: You can rearrange the order of your albums and photos. You can also add titles, descriptions, and tags to your photos to help visitors find them easily.

Customising Piwigo

Piwigo offers a variety of customisation options to help you personalise your photo gallery. You can change the appearance of your gallery by selecting a theme. Additionally, you can modify the layout and add custom CSS to further personalise your gallery.

Securing Piwigo

Securing your Piwigo gallery should be a top priority. Here are some tips to help you secure your gallery:

  • Use Strong Passwords: Ensure you use strong, unique passwords for your Piwigo admin account.
  • Keep Piwigo Updated: Regularly check for updates to Piwigo and install them promptly.
  • Limit Access: Use Piwigo’s access control features to limit who can view and interact with your photos.

Managing Your Piwigo Gallery

Once you’ve set up and customised your Piwigo gallery, you’ll need to manage it regularly. This involves adding new photos, updating album descriptions, responding to comments, and monitoring user activity.

Extending Piwigo with Plugins

One of the best features of Piwigo is its extensibility. You can add new features to your gallery by installing plugins. Some popular Piwigo plugins include ‘Community’, which allows users to upload photos, and ‘Social Buttons’, which adds social sharing buttons to your gallery.

Piwigo’s Mobile Capabilities

Piwigo comes with a mobile-friendly UI that makes it easy for visitors to browse your gallery on their smartphones or tablets. Additionally, Piwigo has mobile apps for Android and iOS, allowing you to manage your gallery on the go.

Backing Up Your Piwigo Gallery

It’s essential to regularly back up your Piwigo gallery to protect your data. You can use the Softaculous backup feature to create a backup of your Piwigo installation, including your photos, albums, and settings.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

If you encounter any issues while using Piwigo, you can refer to the Piwigo documentation or seek help from the Piwigo community. Common issues include problems with photo uploading, permissions errors, and issues with plugins.

Conclusion

Setting up a Piwigo photo gallery might seem daunting at first, but with the right tools like Softaculous and a bit of patience, you can have a professional-looking photo gallery up and running in no time. Whether you’re a non-profit looking to showcase your work or a professional photographer looking to share your portfolio, Piwigo offers a powerful and flexible solution for managing and sharing your photos online.

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