Setting up an image gallery

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bar_foo / 13 Points
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2013-02-06 11:18 am EST
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I installed the Piwigo image gallery application through Softaculous, and started to build a photo gallery, but my site was suspended for excessive server usage due to numerous image conversion operations. Piwigo, like all image gallery applications, creates thumbnails and other resized versions each time an image is uploaded; it was apparently this process that resulted in the excessive server load.

This happened even though the image files were not huge (JPEG, 1600x1200 pixels max), and I had uploaded fewer than 100 images. After the suspension I spaced out my uploads to once every five minutes, but that was still too much and the account was suspended again. So it seems that even though Piwigo is available, it is not feasible for a normal usage scenario.

So is there another recommended image gallery application that will not result in these issues? Ten different gallery applications are available through Softaculous (http://www.webhostinghub.com/softaculous-applications.html), but I couldn't find any documentation of which ones are practical to use through WebHostingHub on a shared server.

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johnpaulb-whh2
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2013-02-06 2:24 pm EST
Hello bar_foo,

Thank you for your question. If you are familiar with Photoshop or similar image editing programs, you know that image processing is very resource intensive.

These are webservers which are designed for serving online content, not personal computers which are made to handle major image processing.

1600 x 1200 will fill a typical browser window, which is usually larger than you want a website image to display. It can also slow down your website load times, since it takes more time to load larger images.

You want to do as much as far as optimizing images before uploading them.

I recommend using Photoshop or a similar program for sizing the images before uploading. Gimp is a free program similar to Photoshop that can process batches of images at once.

Many galleries are available in Softaculous, and any should work as long as your photos are optimized prior to uploading.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below, or contact live Tech Support.

They are available 24/7 via:
Email: support@webhostinghub.com
Phone: 877-595-4482 x2
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Chat (there is a link on the top right).

Thank you,

-John-Paul

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