Smoothgallery consumes my life

I wrote a month ago about why I don’t, or can’t, use Flickr. Since then, I’ve done some restructuring of my photo gallery and, while I like the way it looks and functions better, I discovered something very important about Smoothgallery that I hadn’t thought of before. First, my last theme displayed 15 images on a page and, after you had viewed those 15 images, you needed to go to the next page. Second, Smoothgallery loads all of the images in a gallery at once so you can smoothly transition from one to the other.

The first statement impacts Smoothgallery by limiting gallery sizes to 15; if there were more than 15 images in a gallery, they wouldn’t be displayed. That’s easy enough to fix by increasing that limit, but then I run into issues where every image is loaded at the same time. I have a gallery with over 400 images, so when I gave this a try, it immediately overloaded my server because it tried to load all 400+ pictures simultaneously.

My conclusion is that, first, I want to keep Smoothgallery. It’s so much nicer than Lightbox, and I don’t want to change the way the gallery looks again. Therefore, I need to reorganize my albums. All of them.

I’m currently at 60 albums with well over 3000 images, and now I need to go through and break them down further into smaller categories. For example, I’m currently in Orlando, Florida at Educause and have subsequently been taking a lot of pictures of the conference and surrounding area. Instead of just creating one giant album, or even albums according to the day I took the picture on (like I have now), I could organize them according to location or event: Exhibition Hall, Conference Hall, Disney, Hotel, Orlando, Airport, etc.

It’s going to be a lot of organizational work, but I think the end result will be significantly better than what I have now. It will also, hopefully, decrease bandwidth usage and speed up gallery loading. I’m just not sure when I can do this; I get back to Springfield on Friday night, and Saturday marks the start of NaNoWriMo. But it’s still something that needs to be done, and sooner rather than later.

4 thoughts on “Smoothgallery consumes my life

      1. I mean the number of images displayed in the Smoothgallery slideshow. As mentioned in the above post, It seems to only preload 15 images and doesnt show the rest even tho the server recognizes 94 images.
        The author of this post says this is “easy enough to fix by increasing that limit” – but I dont know where to change the code. Really need the help as I don’t want to look for another image gallery!

  1. So, I haven't used ZenPhoto in quite a long time… and the only time I've logged into it is as a guest to view a few photos.I can't recall the admin password, it won't email me the password, and resetting it in the database doesn't work >.< I can't log in, which means I can't figure out how I upped the limit.It gets better: I've been using SimpleScripts to upgrade ZenPhoto through my webhost, but I haven't checked it after the last few upgrades (I was running the upgrade script mostly for security reasons). Looks like the entire install is kind of hosed and the themes have been overwritten.My guess is that the change needs to be made in the theme, just to say how many images are displayed on each page, but I don't know if that's done through the admin interface or by modifying a PHP file. And in the case of the latter, I don't know if it was the theme modified or a core PHP file. My photos are still displaying more than 15 to a page, but trying to open any up results in an error.Despite the original post, I'll be honest: I've moved to Flickr 😛 It's working a lot better for me despite my earlier misgivings.

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