Zenphoto - The simpler media website CMS (Latest news) http://www.zenphoto.org Zenphoto is a standalone CMS for multimedia focused websites. Our focus lies on being easy to use and having all the features there when you need them (but out of the way if you do not.). en-US Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:22:44 -0400 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:22:44 -0400 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Zenphoto RSS Generator <![CDATA[One app to rule them all (Announcements, News)]]> http://www.zenphoto.org/news/one-app-to-rule-them-all zp-app-ad-final

This post is of course our annual April Fools Day joke :-)

You will shortly see the 1.4.6 release, which will be our last "traditional" server based application. Afterwards we will follow a new path: the next release of Zenphoto will be an app for Android and iOS. Although there will also be apps for Mac and Linux desktop systems (sorry, no Windows) we strongly believe that the mobile web is the future. Mobile usage on tiny screens is increasing a lot recently among our clients, and "apps" are the Next Big Thing in the world of tech, so it only makes sense.

Zenphoto will still be your number one media management tool for the web. There will still be a themable web front-end, but the backend will be all app. Since this app will be fully cloud powered, you don't need your own webspace or to store or backup photos. Instead the ZP app will rely solely on Dropbox, Box, or our own proprietary peer-to-peer storage solution, which will use all the phones running the app to store all your photos, encrypted of course.

But that is not all, via the ZP app you can use all sorts of online services from flickr via Google's Picasa to Twitter's twitpic. You will never need another image tool again! Of course for you to get the greatest use of this new App your phone will have to join the new Zenphoto peer-to-peer network. We don't plan to integrate a camera feature into the app at this time, although we are considering it.

You will understand that we cannot provide such a tool for free but it will be within the limits of normal app prices.

http://www.zenphoto.org/news/one-app-to-rule-them-all Tue, 01 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[zenBits (Extensions, Theme plugins, Unsupported, Unsupported plugin selfhosted)]]> http://www.zenphoto.org/news/zenbits zenBits is a Zenphoto plugin for Bit.ly integration.

http://www.zenphoto.org/news/zenbits Sat, 29 Mar 2014 10:58:40 -0400
<![CDATA[zenSocialShare (Extensions, Theme plugins, Unsupported, Unsupported plugin selfhosted)]]> http://www.zenphoto.org/news/zensocialshare zenSocialShare is a plug-in for Zenphoto that enables the common required meta-tags for sharing on social networks. It currently provides Open Graph keys which Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+ use to show "pretty shares" when a user shares info. It also provides Twitter Card meta-keys if you want to have your site approved for twitter cards.

zenSocialShare also provides a simple template call that will display sharing buttons for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, & Google+ horizontally. Option interface allows indidivuals to turn off networks they do not wish to display.

http://www.zenphoto.org/news/zensocialshare Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:57:03 -0400
<![CDATA[Zenphoto 1.4.6 now in Beta (Announcements, News)]]> http://www.zenphoto.org/news/zenphoto-1.4.6-now-in-beta In preparation for the Zenphoto 1.4.6 release next week the 1.4.5 release stream has been officially capped. The master branch on GitHub is now the 1.4.6 beta release and the 1.4.6 GitHub branch has been removed.

http://www.zenphoto.org/news/zenphoto-1.4.6-now-in-beta Tue, 25 Mar 2014 05:42:22 -0400
<![CDATA[Features (FAQ, User Guide)]]> http://www.zenphoto.org/news/features Easy Media website management!

Zenphoto is a standalone CMS for multimedia focused websites. Our focus lies on being easy to use and having all the features there when you need them (but out of the way if you do not.)

Zenphoto features support for images, video and audio formats, and the Zenpage CMS plugin provides a fully integrated news section (blog) and custom pages to run entire websites.

This makes Zenphoto the ideal CMS for personal websites of illustrators, artists, designers, photographers, film makers and musicians.

Manage image, video and audio files!


  • Upload files and folders via the administration or directly via FTP
  • Search engine with boolean expressions
  • Dynamic albums based on "saved searches"
  • Multifile upload
  • Scheduled publishing
  • RSS
  • Watermarks
  • Automatically generated sized images
  • EXIF/IPTC metadata support
  • Drag & Drop sorting of albums and images
  • Moving, copying, renaming of albums and images
  • Supported formats:
    • Images: .jpg, .gif, .png (generally all formats your server's graphics libary supports)
    • Videos: .mp4*, .m4a*, .flv*, .mov**, .3gp**, .ogv****, .webm****
    • Audio: .mp3*, .m4a*, .fla*, .webma****, .oga****
    • Other formats (basic support only): .txt*,.html*, .pdf*, .pps*
  • Slideshow*
  • Comments*
  • Tags
  • Statistics
  • Rating
  • ...and much more!

Manage blog and pages!


  • Custom pages management including nested subpages
  • Custom menu's
  • Drag & drop sorting of pages and categories
  • News section (blog) with nested categories
  • Post of new gallery items in the news section (blog)
  • File manager for none gallery files*
  • Scheduled publishing
  • Comments*
  • RSS*
  • Tags
  • Statistics
  • Rating
  • ... and much more!

Read more about the Zenpage CMS plugin

Multi-user management


  • User managment
  • User groups
  • Per user rights assignment
  • Password protection for albums and pages

Read more about user rights

International sites with multiple languages!


  • Admin backend translatable (gettext server support required)
  • Many backend translations included (gettext server support required): Chinese, Dutch, French, Galician, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Polish, Spanish, Swedish (See also Current language repository)
  • Multilingual sites with subdomain support for separate language sites (e.g. fr.domain.com, en.domain.com)

Read more about language features

Create your own website design!


  • Highly customizable theme engine (HTML5, CSS, PHP)
  • Five standard themes included, more themes available
  • Object model framework for advanced theming and flexibility
  • Multiple layouts/album themes
  • Separate theme translations

Visit the themes section or the theming tutorial

Extend Zenphoto with features you need!


  • Sophisticated plugin system
  • Frontend and backend filters
  • Object model framework for advanced coding
  • Many plugins included plus more 3rd party ones available

Visit the extensions section

* via official plugins; extendable via custom plugins
** handled by your browser if available
*** to protect your full images uploaded themselves manual .htaccess additions are
needed. Password protection protects only the page display.
**** via the jPlayer multimedia player only as fallback formats. See the jPlayer website for more info.

http://www.zenphoto.org/news/features Sat, 22 Mar 2014 13:32:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Articles about Zenphoto (FAQ, User Guide)]]> http://www.zenphoto.org/news/articles-about-zenphoto We collected (and collect) various articles we find about Zenphoto on the net and elsewhere. Originally this was located on the testimonials page and now moved here to the user guide as that seems to be more fitting.

Note that some articles are quite a little older so will of course not reflect current state of Zenphoto at all.



  • Reference "as an alternative to Gallery" within the article "Fotogalerie im Web" ("Photogallery on the net", page 77) in the special issue "c't kompakt Linux 01/2011" of the well known German computer magazine "c't". Table of content: https://www.heise.de/kiosk/special/ct/10/09/inhalt.shtml
http://www.zenphoto.org/news/articles-about-zenphoto Sat, 08 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Zenphoto 1.4.6 dev build needs testers (Announcements, News)]]> http://www.zenphoto.org/news/zenphoto-1.4.6-dev-build-needs-testers We have placed the 1.4.5 release into a "critical fixes only" state so that we can concentrate on completing the 1.4.6 release development and stabilization. This means that we will fix only security issues or fatal crash problems should they occur.

Zenphoto 1.4.6 has not got a final release schedule, but we believe it will be available in a few months. While we do not recommend using 1.4.6 on a production site at this time, we would appreciate any testing efforts that our users can provide.

This is specially true for Theme and Plugin developers. We have made some efforts at "standardizing" a lot of the functions and object methods. This has resulted in a significant volume of change to the software. 

You should review the 1.4.6 release document for any change that might impact your development. Let us know about any issue you might find on our forum or even better on the issue tracker on GitHub

http://www.zenphoto.org/news/zenphoto-1.4.6-dev-build-needs-testers Sun, 26 Jan 2014 03:29:27 -0500
<![CDATA[Themes section updates (January 2014) (Announcements, News, Third party)]]> http://www.zenphoto.org/news/themes-section-updates-january-2014 Our contributor gjr released his new great them zpBase a few day ago. He sadly has abandoned all of his older themes and plugins now because of lacking time maintaining them. 

Therefore we moved copies of all his themes we had copies of to our unsupported GitHub repository being the archive of old abandoned ZP stuff. The themes zpFocus, zpMinimal and zpMasonry had been generally updated to work with Zenphoto 1.4.5 by acrylian a while ago. You can see the status of all other things on gjr's contribution page.

Also gone are all themes and plugins by contributor The Whole Live To Learn as the linked website appears to be gone. His flag_language_selector plugin is obsolete anyway as its functionality is already part of the official dynamic-locale plugin. We found copies of the themes and put those on the repository as well. Those are probably (well, for sure) not compatible anymore.

The sites of micheall and gdodinet seem also to be gone and so are some themes and plugins. We also added those theme copies we found to have to the archive. Micheall  fortunately has put some of his plugins on GitHub.

As always, we don't and can't provide support for these but may occasionally update themes to work with current Zenphoto versions. If t is not too much work.

If you read this and are the developer of these themes but just forgot to tell your new website address let us know via the obvious channels.

http://www.zenphoto.org/news/themes-section-updates-january-2014 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:05:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Zenphoto (Announcements, Changelog, News, Release, Security)]]> http://www.zenphoto.org/news/zenphoto- Zenphoto is a security and bugfix release. Multiple minor errors are corrected.

As usual we recommend all users upgrade for the latest updates and fixes. For more detailed info about the fixes please review the GitHub issues list.

http://www.zenphoto.org/news/zenphoto- Thu, 23 Jan 2014 18:06:40 -0500
<![CDATA[Theming tutorial in Polish (Third party) (News, Third party)]]> http://www.zenphoto.org/news/parts-of-our-theming-tutorial-in-polish We discovered these Polish translations or probably better adaptions of our theming tutorial:

http://www.zenphoto.org/news/parts-of-our-theming-tutorial-in-polish Tue, 21 Jan 2014 15:40:56 -0500