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Photoblogs

  1. Does WP.com have any themes planned for photoblogs?

  2. You mean like celebrity photoblogs where you click a small picture and it leads to a gallery of thumbnails on another page? I love those types of photoblogs. That would be cool here too.

  3. Yes, nosysnoop, they are cool. I would prefer the traditional photoblog theme though --- where you see the latest picture with comments and clicking on it would take the viewer to the earlier picture in the collection. These themes come with the option of viewing thumbnails of the entire collection too --- so your requests would be served as well. Let's see if WP picks up on this and decides to provide one. It would be unique to WordPress.com as there are not that many popular hosted blogging platforms that currently provide this --- at least, that was the case when I checked last.

  4. It would be great, but there's a general lack of photoblog themes for WordPress. I know of a couple and they either aren't very compatible with WordPress 2.0, or incomplete.
    Eric Setiawan has worked on a photoblog theme too, it has thumbnails and a very nice layout but he manually generated the thumbnails AFAIR. Must talk to him about it again!
    I use a modified "White as milk" theme for my own photoblog, but I prefer the standard multiple entries on one page format because I occasionally write stuff too!

  5. Like CelebWorld:

    http://www.celebworld.org/

    I think alot of other celebrity photoblogs use Coppermine too. I tried downloading something once but it came in a zip file and I can never figure those out. :(

  6. I would love a photoblog theme. "kineda", a user over at WordPress.org, has designed this one:

    -> http://photography.kineda.com/wordpress.jpg

    Here's kineda's thread:

    -> http://wordpress.org/support/topic/61165

    He/she might be worth getting in contact with. According to a post on the second page of that thread, kineda said he'd release the theme for general use.

    Cheers. :-)

  7. I think that a photoblogging template could be very usefull. I've got my blog configured to show only one picture (post) as it is the most close to a photoblog.
    Thanks for your work, WordPress

  8. I tried downloading something once but it came in a zip file and I can never figure those out.

    If you're using WindowsXP, try right clicking on it and choosing the "extrack files" option.

    Or download Winzip.

  9. With the new multiple blogs feature, I was thinking of starting a photoblog. I'm curious to know if there are any current plans to add photoblog themes.

  10. @samgrover:

    They might be looking into a Photoblog theme. You never know. It seems Theme Fridays have tapered off a bit, but I'm hopeful they add one. I'd really like to see the one I posted about above. That theme is nice, IMO.

  11. Folks, please read donncha's post up above.

  12. White as milk is a fantastic and simple theme for photoblogging (as Donncha states above). I like he use a modified version for my self hosted blog.

    If you want to see it in action I will give the URL to those that ask (by email), I'm not gonna phish for views by open posting the URL though ;)

    I would love to see white as milk modified to be wider (come on Donncha - you know what I mean!), even if it was listed twice and labelled specifically as a photoblogging version.

  13. The theme Shocking Blue-Green by Chris M. can also be used for Photoblogs.
    Set up for 1 post per page.

  14. Every theme can do that. Dashboard -> options -> general I believe. Just choose the option to only display one post a page. :)

  15. The problem DrMike is that every theme does not have enough width for a photoblogger...Normally a photoblogger wants atleast 700 pixel width to display an image. For him that image is the post for the day.

    I am just copying and pasting what I have written in one of the other photoblog posts..
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    1) Clean single column interface with optional background colors
    2) A very slim (30 - 60 pixel) header bar, so does not eat up the space while viewing the photo.
    3) Photo could have max of 750 pixel width.
    4) Click on the photo will take you to earlier photo (Considering that only one photo-one post-is visible as it is a norm with photoblogging)
    5) previous/ next buttons just next to the photo
    6) About/archives/categories etc links appearing horizontally in one line at the bottom
    7) probably thumnails to previous and next posts
    8) sidebar widgets at the bottom of the page

    As mentioned these options are for single image/post style of photoblogging as is the norm with photobloggers...
    You can visit free photoblogging solutions like http://shutterchance.com or http://pixelpost.org (THis is an open source photoblogging platform and they have free downloadable themes. you could probably customize one of those....)

    Hoping to have a photoblog theme soon....
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  16. If you entertain the idea of the CSS upgrade, you can customize your theme to meet the requirements that you need for width.

    Trent

  17. Thanks Trent for pointing out...Can you give me an example of a photoblogger on wp.com who has done a CSS upgrade and is satisfying the points as mentioned in my previous post...if it does...I am in rightaway for css upgrade...
    I am not a pro at CSS...but with little help I should manage...

  18. I can't point one out specifically, as I have never checked, but I can go through your points for you!

    1) Clean single column interface with optional background colors
    This can be done by taking the sandbox or the White as Milk theme and adjusting to whatever color you like.

    2) A very slim (30 - 60 pixel) header bar, so does not eat up the space while viewing the photo.
    This can be done with CSS as well, but you have to remember that all logged in users also have the admin blue bar on top of your page. Getting it to look right might be a bit harder is all.

    3) Photo could have max of 750 pixel width.
    You can use CSS to make the DIV that you are posting in only be that large.

    4) Click on the photo will take you to earlier photo (Considering that only one photo-one post-is visible as it is a norm with photoblogging)
    This can be done by manually hyperlinking the photo to the previous post you made when you create the post. Just a copy and paste of the previous post URL!

    5) previous/ next buttons just next to the photo
    Some themes have this and some do not. Starting your editing might mean starting with a theme with this functionality. Engtech has a post reviewing WP themes which might be a good place to start.

    6) About/archives/categories etc links appearing horizontally in one line at the bottom
    CSS would allow you to put what is normally the "sidebar" anywhere you want it.

    7) probably thumnails to previous and next posts
    At the end of each post, you could do this manually by taking the thumbnails and hyperlinking them as suggested above. Not automatically done, but can be done.

    8) sidebar widgets at the bottom of the page
    Same as point 6 I guess!

    I don't have the answers on doing each of these things with CSS, but just wanted to give you a starting point in your next decision making round!

    Trent

  19. I use the Andreas04 template and it works pretty well for me, as long as I don't make my photos too wide. Otherwise, they spill over into the 2 columns on the right. Of all the templates I've seen at WordPress, this one works the best for a photoblog, I think: http://bonniebruno.wordpress.com

    Mike over at Macro Art in Nature uses this theme, too.

  20. Mark has prepared a FAQs entry for the maximum sizes that can be used for for the various themes without "breaking" the layout http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/09/25/how-big-can-my-images-be/
    Shocking Blue Green, Silver is the New Black and WordPress Classic allow the largest space - 800 pixels.

  21. Hey, thanks. I don't know how I missed that one.

  22. You're welcome and happy blogging. :)

  23. Trent, it was very nice of you to help me out with CSS...I guess I will just go ahead and try it out...I will buy the credit...I hope it is one time buy and not yearly renewal kind of thing????

  24. The CSS upgrade is a yearly upgrade on wordpress.com. That is also something to consider as well. When considering the CSS upgrade versus hosting your own blog on your own host, it is not a bad investment. The recommended hosts for wordpress.org start at about $7 USD per month and go up from there. Make sure you have read through the FAQ searching for "CSS" to make sure you are armed to upgrade because once you get the CSS upgrade, we will try and help, but you must learn enough to be dangerous! Good luck armoks in your decisions!

    Trent

  25. Thanks Trent, you guys rock in helping out people...It is not often that you get answers so fast and so well.....
    Keep up the good work !

  26. okay, Finally I have started a photoblog, check out and let me know how you find it...
    http://zoxeo.wordpress.com

    All suggestions are welcome !

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