Posts Tagged ‘migration’

A special photo gallery

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

I feel like I’m going mad. Ever since I started putting my stuff on the net I found that existing web software solutions did not provide what I need. Not even the commercial ones.
Like now, here I am, again, facing my 20k+ photos and trying yet again to manage them using gallery2. But I have a very special need when it comes to photos:
– some photos I don’t want nobody to see. so they’re private
– others, only a few people can see
– others, just a few group of people
– others must be deleted
– and finally, the rest can be seen by the wide public

now, in order to easily support this, I’ve made 5 albums:
– 1 that contains all unsorted photos and which is totally private
– 1 which is my private album
– 1 that is totally public
– 1 that is only for family
– 1 that is for family and friends only

now, when I go into sorting the photos, I need to create sub-albums in most of the main albums and then:
– go over all photos in the managed album and delete what is not needed
– again go over all (remaining) photos in that album and move the needed one to my public
– again go over all (remaining) photos in that album and move the needed one to family only
– again go over all (remaining) photos in that album and move the needed one to family and friends
– move all remaining photos to my private album

so basically I am iterating the photos like 3 to 5 times. It is ANNOYING.

But there is another annoying part. Imagine you’re a family member. That means you have access to 3 albums that contain *related* photos. now that sucks.

The alternative for this is to keep all photos in once place, BUT, manually edit each and every single photos permissions to suit the restrictions on it. 20.000. photos. Twenty THOUSAND photos. If it takes 1 minute per photo, this equals a total of almost 14 continuous DAYS. to be more realistic, using this technique and say 3 hours per day, it means I’d be done in about 111 days. almost 4 months.

It’s a killer because I don’t have 3 hours every single day for this task.

which means I will be writing my own gallery software most likely based on joomla 😀


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Problem with article file display fixed

Monday, October 5th, 2009

I managed to find and fix the problem that prevented the files from being displayed in the articles on my site.
Long story short, everything should be back to normal now.

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Started actual joomla migration

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Today I started the actual migration of the Delphi Section.
I migrated most of the articles and files but there is still left the UI and WMI articles and some non-article files
Because the site is hand made I cannot write a script to do the migration which is why I am doing it manually and thus it will take some time.
After the Delphi section there are still some other sections that need to be migrated before I will go live.
And part of the migration is to set up 301 redirects for each file. Now this is going to be a real pain.

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Migrating your site to joomla, part 2

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Following up on

I found a nice extension to do image only menus:

as for multilevel categories, I am using joomresources:

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How to actually migrate your site to joomla

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

I decide a while ago that I need to change my attitude, lose my dream of creating a CMS in C interfacing as CGI/SSI and get my site out nice and clean like everybody else.

So after comparing reviews and recommendations, I got stuck with joomla.

Now, I don’t know about you technical guys, but I find joomla very … weak. For one, it does not support sub-categories. you have a section and a category and that’s about it. In my case, I have a lot o sub-categories. So this called for a plugin (not yet installed).

What really pissed me of is that my main page (now) has a very nice image-only horizontal and a vertical menu. I used gimp to create the images which look very nice compared to what my site actually looks like 🙂 So I spent the ENTIRE day trying to figure out how in the name of God I can create an image only menu in joompla. Fact is, I tried a lot of stuff, including the core menu functions, nothing worked. I even installed a plugin called simplelists but to no avail.

So, sinceextensions are slowing things down and complicating everything, I decided todrop that, especially sice somebody on te joomla forum said that the core supports this thing (read more here: )

As of this writing, that guy has not yet replied to my inquiry, BUT, being a genius that I am ( 😀 ), I discovered something very amazing: RAW Html module. Yeah, I get to place whatever html code I want wherever I want it. This is pretty neat because I just copy-pasted my menu code andvoila, it’s up and running. It’s that simple.

Whoe the hell need extensions andstuff when you can have your own custom html wherever?! You have some html/js/css code you need to migrate and there is no apparent way to do it? Raw html.

Who said life is not easy? 🙂 All we need now is multilevel categories and I could say that all is ok.

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Finally migrated the attachments as well

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

I just finished checking all posts with attachments. Everything is fine. My migration script is a total and absolute mess but it did the job pretty well.

What’s left is to confert the BB Codes to something more WP-friendly. I’ll do that at a later time whenever I’ll remind myself of it 🙂

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Forum to blog migration problems

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

As you probablynoticed, I migrated my blog from the phpbb forum to smf forum and then to wordpress blog platform. This migration caused several problems, amongst which the most important is that some permalinks got corrupted anduntil now returned 404.

I manually fixed most or all of them, but if you still find one, just let me know 😉

Oh, and the otehr problem is attachments. I’ll try to get this one fixed ASAP.

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