I am in a very visual mood at this moment, and because of this, I have decided to take my collection of Photo Blogging web applications and to make a clean list of my favorite ones for you. The listing will include free web applications that you can use to quickly and easy get into the photoblog game and a little description saying a description and my thoughts on them. But before I share, let me explain what a photoblog is for those of you that don’t know.

“A photoblog is a website whose primary content is photographs displayed in a log format.” (PhotoblogsWiki) These websites resemble much of the same functionality as a weblog does, accept that rather than the focus being content, it is on the photography. Photoblogs, in my opinion, is the best way for one to create a portfolio type website showcasing your photography and to show your skills and knowledge about photography. It is a place to gain comments and critiques on your work, possibly a place for a personal family albums, or maybe a way to express yourself visually to your visitors. If you want to see some great examples, I highly recommend to view the listing available at Photoblogs.org.

Now to the list of Photoblog Web Applications. The format will be the name, followed by the link, a sample (if any), then the requirements, and lastly the description:

BirchView Birch (sample) – Perl and Apache (.htaccess)
Birch is a very visually striking photoblog software built with Perl and the use of some Apache to kick in friendly looking URL’s. It features easy customization, an administration interface where you can add, edit, and remove entries to the photoblog, automatic archiving, RSS Feeds, commenting, and does not require a database because it uses XML files as its data storage of choice.

FolderblogView Folderblog (sample) – PHP
Folderblog is another amazing looking application simply uses your directory system to manage the photos and to automatically display them on your site. It has a great template system and a new posting interface. This one seems to be very fast, features a comment system and an easy way to categorize your photography.

PixelpostView Pixelpost (sample) – PHP and MySQL
I have seen Pixelpost around for a while and am always impressed by what I see. Pixelpost is an web application that was built to stop the madness of having to strip down a weblog system just to post some photography. It features an administration area, templating, RSS and Atom Feeds, automatic thumbnailing and cropping, calendar, referrer logging, a comment system, and a lot more. Packed with features and has a strong community.

OneReaction PhotoBlogView OneReaction PhotoBlog (sample) – ASP.NET
This one looks excellent and has an impressive administration system built into it. You have the ability to easily add, edit, and delete entries, receive comments, manage categories, setup links and files to view on the site, and a really cool SendTo software built for it. SendTo allows you very quickly add photos by right clicking on a photo on your computer and select SendTo > My OneReaction.PhotoBlog. Great way to make a quick post. Great features and great looking.

Well, that seems to conclude my listing of my favorite photo blogging web applications. If your wanting to start a photoblog, those are some great options. Give them a try and let me know about it if you end up using one. By the way, here are a few of my favorite photoblogs: House Design Photos, SerioComic, and Mute.

Update: Fixed the demo link for Pixelpost. Sorry folks.


11 Comments on “Photoblog Webware Roundup”

  1. Brad Chmielewski says:

    I love pixelpost and would recommend it to anyone.

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  3. seriocomic says:

    One thing to consider when looking at the software is the file number/complexity issue – i.e. the number of files the script is made up of compared to the level of complexity it delivers. Thats why I chose pixelpost. For only a small number of files you get great results. Admittedly I am a PHP/SQL fan which made the choice easier.

    And thanks for the link :)

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  7. Tarique Sani says:

    There is a new kid on the block of Photoblog Software – Cheesecake Photoblog http://cheesecake-photoblog.org/ Written using PHP based on the popular CakePHP framework – Try it if you have time – thanks

  8. emigre says:

    Pixelpost has a big disadvantage in that the image folder has to be set to 777 permissions which means ANYONE can access it.

  9. Johannes Jarolim says:

    You could also have a look at the combination of WordPress and YAPB (http://johannes.jarolim.com/yapb) which would give you a very strong (photo)blogging bundle.

    Greets from Salzburg,

    Johannes

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  11. Costas says:

    Nice