This is following on from the brief discussion over on the main Talk list after we launched our Focal Point thing.
We’re growing with lots of new images, and adding happy photographers at a rate of knots, so I really need now to learn how to move it to a database-driven site before I drown.
So, idiot-proof and bullet-proof explanations of what I must do in words of single syllables. =o)
We’re currently hosted with HaveHost, so I’m sure we have a lot of the required back office software. Potentially, we may be shifting hosting in the not-too-distant future, but the back office stuff will be virtually the same.
Here’s an outline of what we’d like to do:
- Create a searchable catalogue of images, which will be defined by photographer name, catalogue number and keywords.
- Include ordering and purchasing options, defined by final print size, output material, frame style.
- The ability to upload/manage/delete images, and apply text tags and search criteria easily.
- Automatically generate thumbnails and larger preview image from a single uploaded image.
- Has to tie in to existing Freeway-designed site and be simple to maintain.
It really has to be idiot- and bullet-proof, because neither of us here is code-minded, though I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty as needed. This will officially be my first dynamic web site, and I am sure mistakes will happen - but since it’s in-house and the only angry client will be me, it should be a good learning experience.
So, where do I begin? Pointers please? And be gentle with me!
(yes, that Heather, but from the day job address!)
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