Photo Galleries - FrontPage Photo Galleries

I have recently discovered a new program for creating photo galleries - Web Album Generator. It creates valid code and is easy to use. Another gallery replacement is JAlbum.

Many of us who use FrontPage to design and maintain our genealogy sites, want to add a photo gallery. There are a number of ways to do this. I could use FrontPage to create a gallery. But I prefer to maintain total control over the way my pages look so I have been using a table layout for the pictures and styling the captions with my external css. I create the thumbnail images to use on the page then hyperlink them to the larger images. I add an <alt> tag to all images and the <title> tag to the hyperlinks. Some examples - links will open in new window:

Screen shot of code for one picture gallery created using the FrontPage Photo Gallery component

Screen shot of code for one picture gallery using a table based layout with css styling.

Using the FrontPage Photo Gallery Feature

FrontPage 2002 and 2003 contain a feature called the Photo Gallery which offers a simple and effective way to display images on a webpage. FrontPage lets you easily add and order photos in the Photo Gallery. You can resize and crop them, change their orientation and add captions and descriptions. The program not only automatically creates thumbnail versions of your images, it lets you select any of four different Gallery layouts. Adding <alt> tags and <title> tags for the hyperlinks is NOT so easy. Just a few of the tutorials I have found.

Resource Links

  • Visual Appeal In Website Design - This article was originally published in the July 2003 issue of AnyFrontPage Bytes. It's an informative tutorial, written to assist new FP2002 users with the use of graphics and visual appeal in website design.
  • Image captions on Web pages (HTML and CSS techniques)

Programs for Creating Thumbnails

  • Irfanview
  • A Smaller Image 2.0 SE - Digital photos from scanners and digital cameras are too big for emailing or publishing on the Web. With the one-screen interface of A Smaller Image reducing digital photos is easy. Select the output size and pick just the right part of a picture to keep.
  • Easy Thumbnails - Easy Thumbnails is a popular free utility for creating accurate thumbnail images and scaled-down/up copies from a wide range of popular picture formats.