Photo Gallery in Joomla
Joomla’s widespread adoption by individual users as well as substantial organizations has created a gap between the need for a quick-and-easy solution and the requirements of a powerful (and often more complicated) industrial-grade solution. The vast divide between the requirements of basic consumer and professional deployment has caused a torrent of extensions that fill many niches. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the flood of photo gallery extensions for Joomla. At the time of this writing, there are over 75 extensions available to add gallery functionality to Joomla that run the gamut from simple image displays to complete photo-publication services.
In the interest of serving both communities, this chapter will demonstrate one simple gallery display component (Easy Gallery) and one full-featured implementation (Gallery2). Most gallery software falls roughly into one of these two categories, so the information here should be useful regardless of which of the dozens of gallery extensions you finally choose. Whether you want to set up a photo album of your children or launch a web site to compete with the largest digital image licensers, Joomla can be extended to meet your needs.