01.30.2007 | 8:55 pm

Well, that was interesting.

Evidently, the Gallery software I put on my site last night is meant for the following:

  • People who have their own webservers and unlimited server cycles and throughput.
  • People who have so few visitors that server cycles and throughput don’t matter.

It’s not, evidently, meant for for someone who usually gets around 5000 pageviews per day and is currently getting about 60% more than that because of the whole bloggies thing.

In other words, my web hosting company shut me down for a couple hours earlier this evening cuz I was being a hog.

Sooo, for right now I’ve taken down today’s earlier post and am uninstalling Gallery.

Stupid Gallery.

I’ve stored all the photos so far and plan to put them back up as soon as I figure out a better way to do this contest.

Suggestions on how to do this contest using something like Flickr or Picasa or whatever would be massively appreciated (I don’t currently use those sites and so don’t know an elegant way to have lots of people post and be able to view contest entries).


  1. Comment by Derek | 01.30.2007 | 10:40 pm

    Using Flickr is proably a pretty good idea. What you need to do is sign up for an account (free) and then create a group. That will allow other members to post photos to the group.

    Anyone wish to contribute would need a (free) Flickr account. They would then join your group and add their photo to the group.

  2. Comment by Derek | 01.30.2007 | 10:42 pm

    Here’s a link to the Group FAQ:

  3. Comment by fatty | 01.30.2007 | 10:45 pm

    thanks, derek. i’m doing exactly that right now. should be live in about half an hour.

    sheesh, what a night. i had hoped to go to bed early.

  4. Comment by David Schloss | 01.31.2007 | 6:41 am

    Some builds of Gallery are really prone to hacker attack. We had some severe server issues when our build got attacked, a lot of it looks like DoS stuff. That might be the reason it was shut down.

    We switched to Coppermine (also free, also has an iphoto plug in) and that’s been working well for us, though it’s got some odd UI issues Gallery does not.

    Our club’s site is here, for comparison.


  5. Comment by cs | 01.31.2007 | 11:17 am

    ok, so you used gallery in a context it wasn’t meant for, and now GALLERY is stupid?

  6. Comment by Bharat Mediratta | 02.1.2007 | 10:59 am

    Sounds like you got a lot of unexpected traffic without tuning Gallery for it. If you go to Site Admin -> Performance and enable max acceleration for guests then Gallery does page loads with only 1-2 mysql queries and has very low latency. You trade off some of the dynamic aspects of the application, but you can specify a time limit.

    5,000 page views a day is not very much. Gallery2 can handle this just fine on most systems.



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