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Anybody build a Photo website? Need some advice.

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Corydoras007, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. Corydoras007

    Corydoras007 Regular Member

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    Hello,

    On the side, I'm gong to build a photo website to display my portfolio but have trouble finding the right system to make it. Does anybody have any experience with this?

    Is wordpress the best choice?

    Also, are there specific types of systems that can actually prevent people from stealing your images?

    Thanks.
     
  2. JimmyWong

    JimmyWong Registered Member

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    A solid and old method is to put a huge watermark on the image. Seasoned web designers & photoshoppers will still be able to gran the image and manually get rid of the watermark, but that's beside the point. It acts as a deterrant.

    Scripts & so on can be evaded and are useless. And then there's print-screen function...

    Hope that helps.
     
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  3. ipwned

    ipwned Regular Member

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    Wordpress is your best bet.

    They have awesome themes and I use them a lot.

    http://www.dessign.net

    Do not put a huge watermark. They could be very off putting for possible clients. I would never hire someone who has a huge watermark on their work and I just hired someone today. Do put a watermark though, if you feel the need. Something noticeable. Maybe just your logo in the corner.

    But nope, you can never really prevent someone from using your images.
     
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  4. JimmyWong

    JimmyWong Registered Member

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    I'm not saying he should put a huge watermark. I was merely demonstrating the options available to him. A watermark's size and opacity should be in direct correlation to how valuable the image is he is trying to protect. Personal photos are at the bottom end of the scale, and not worth bothering with. Product images on the other hand can be worth big money.

    I disagree with the guy who said yes. If you're competant at codeing, a HTML5/CSS3 template will perform better and is less of a load on your webhost. If not WordPress will be almost as good but in no way better. Quick & easy but medicore.
     
  5. Corydoras007

    Corydoras007 Regular Member

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    I appreciate the advice guys! Thank you!

    Wordpress looks like the way to go.

    I wonder... if there are any other recommended CMSs that specializes for photos.

    I did a google search and found that most recommended specialized CMS for photographers charge an arm and a leg and at the same time use Flash. WTF?!
     
  6. JimmyWong

    JimmyWong Registered Member

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    The theme site that ipwned posted are perfect for your needs.

    To save you some $. Setup Wordpress yourself using a 1-click installation that most webhosts provide. Purchase your theme. Then pay someone from BHW to set it up for you.