Not Really CS-Cart Related, But I Need Help Anyways

I know that this isn’t really CS-Cart related, but that is why I put this thread into the general chat section.

I am setting up a site to share my family’s photos online. I have a great layout and I like the navigation of the site so everything is going pretty good so far. What I would like to do though, is to have something set up so that only registered users can view our photos. By doing this I can control who has access to our photos and I can keep it limited to just my family and friends.

Does anyone have any suggestions of what I could use to have a login screen for my site? What I would like is:

A simple login screen that will work with my current layout. (just a simple html layout)

Have the usernames and passwords stored in mysql.

Allow people to register, but have it so I have to approve all requests.

Have something like a captcha or similar to reduce the amout of spam because I know it will come sooner or later if I don’t have something set up.

Once the person clicks on the login button after filling out the required information he or she is then redirected to my photos.

Having this all set up so that no one else can view the photos without proper access.

If anyone has any suggestions on how I can do this I would appreciate hearing them.


Surely there are free sites that do this already.

But I cannot help you as to which.

Yeah there are a lot of free site available. I currently use Picassa with Google photo, but I would really like to have my own site set up on my own host which will of course give me more control over my data.


Photopost might work, thank you Sno.

Do you are anyone else know of anything similar that is free?



I use this quite regularly.

Here’s an example if you’d like. Still in development but you get the point :slight_smile:


[quote name=‘brandonvd’]Do you are anyone else know of anything similar that is free?[/QUOTE]

online demo here:


Thank you Jesse and Snorocket.

I have downloaded both programs and I am looking at them now. Both programs have the features I want and are both free so I guess it will just come down to usability and design. I’ll let you know what I decide and why.

Thank you again,


Well I don’t know if anyone really cares, but I think I am going to go with Sno’s recommendation and use Gallery2. This program was easy to install and get going. It took a little learning, but after about an hour of playing with it I have figured out how to add albums and images along with setting the permissions I want.

Gallery2 also has a lot of addons that are pretty neat. The one I have found most usefull is the Picassa2 addon. Since I already use Picassa2 I am able to export my albums to a xml file and then using the Gallery2 addon I am able to import that export into Gallery2. I know this seems like too many steps, but it is real easy and only take a minute or two.

I am really looking forward to getting this more set up and customized. This seems to be the best option for me.