Yes that’s the requirement. Hard to be sure about number of images. As she sells they’ll be removed, as she paints they’ll be added. Maybe 30-40. Will also likely split them into maybe 4 separate galleries according to subject matter, 8-15 in any one gallery perhaps.
Does she want to sell them online? Or take pre-orders for them?
From what I use within the RW ecosystem, as in stacks, I can’t think of anything that fits the bill. I’ve made a really nice CMS gallery before, it’s demo’d here: https://www.templaterepo.com/demos/postergallery/ which uses @instacks Repository, Poster and Gallery3, but to my knowledge there is no way of inserting text with the image.
Given the requirements, personally I’d be looking towards a CMS store solution, that can be run in “catalogue” mode if they don’t want to sell or take orders online.
You already use Easy CMS. Moving to Total CMS is a no-brainer…
I’m aware - but because it’s just for a small gallery rather than a full site I was looking for something a bit cheaper - I understand it’s a single site licence right?. Having said that I’ve been looking for an excuse to play with Total CMS so it’s definitely high on the list
G-Sheet for the galleries and text and price and repository stack for upload/removal could be a solution.
In G-Sheet you put a link to the photo in the Google docs and let the client upload via repository like done here
Any other recommendations for places to look for a gallery script with captions? PHPJabbers doesn’t seem to have a search function(!) and I’ve had a reasonably good scan of what Code Canyon has to offer.
If you use tCMS then you can have multiple galleries (landscapes, portraits, abstract etc) then using InStacks gallery you can on the public pages not only display them as individual galleries but combine them into one big one.
For example you could have the most recent 5 paintings from each displayed in a random grid on the home page.
It sounds like perhaps the optimal option is just to perhaps use something like ECWID. All you have to do is plop in the embed code for her store in a page, and then she has a whole lot of functionality in the ECWID admin portal. You also get searching, categorization, shipping & content delivery, taxing, etc…
Total CMS & Pulse CMS are very different. They are both going to work. You can take Pulse CMS for a trial run & have your customer login & see if they can live with the admin portal. It has a very specific approach to edit BLOCKS. But she can log in & browse her site to make in line changes. Total CMS is going to allow you to define a very specific workflow for her. That includes layout to display & layout to administrate. Total CMS has fewer constraints because you have the building blocks. So you simply construct what you want, how you want it.
Another option could be simply for her to have Rapidweaver & Stacks. Just build a micro-site that publishes to a subdomain or /sub folder. This way the larger site is not available to her, but you just give her a RW file that has a single page constructed. You could even just use the built in blog page. I get it can open a whole other can of worms, but you know your client if this is workable to them.
But honestly if this is for an “online store” you might be better off introducing a store solution that covers more requirements - like taxing, shipping, digital content, etc…
Thanks for the detailed input Chad. I’m waiting to hear whether she wants online sales or not. Maybe a deposit payment to ‘secure’ a painting whilst arranging to see it would be an idea. But yes, if the volume is there with online sales, ECWID is a good, easy option.
Hadn’t thought about the Rapidweaver option - but that might actually work. Then she can look after the whole lot!