Gallery 2.1 (Blackjack) Released and WordPress Gallery Integration Project

Very interesting! The new version of Gallery has just been released. Before I jump too much into that, let’s just recap what this means for Bui4Ever. Well since working on the redesign of Bui4Ever (v15, essentially the merging of content to WordPress), the next logical step would be complete integration of Gallery2 also. In Bui4Ever v14, the only part of the site that required any type of login was the Gallery. Now with WordPress, it has its own login for me to 1) write my posts and other admin stuff and 2) other people to comment. It would make no sense to require people to login in twice…so why not merge the two (WordPress and Gallery) logins. That brings us to WordPress Gallery2 Project. This will allow for users who register with WordPress to be autoregistered for Gallery2. One advantage that comes out of this is that a poster/contributor/editor/etc can be given rights to his or her subgallery and be able to post on Bui4Ever.

Now the biggest drawback of Gallery2 for me, for the longest time now, has been the slow load time. I have never been able to completely figure out that problem. I’ve seen other people’s Gallery2 load as quick as Gallery1, but yet mine and many others experience extreme lag. Supposedly Gallery Blackjack has some major changes to the core that will have “profound performance increase in most situations”. I am definitely excited about this!

For the time being, I’m going to create a whole new Gallery2 install (another URL change) because of one major unforeseeable flaw on my end: the WordPress and Gallery2 must share one single database to work. I do not know if I can successfully merge the existing Gallery2 database with the WordPress database. So to be on the safe side, I’ll create a whole new Gallery2 install and test it out and either one of two things will happen: 1) I import all the albums and data from the current Gallery2 install (www.bui4ever.com/pictures) and put it to the new Gallery2 install (www.bui4ever.com/wp-gallery2.php) or 2) I manage to learn (if even possible) to merge the existing Gallery2 install to the current WordPress database.

I’ll keep everyone posted on the progress of how this goes along with how I did it.