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Pre-announcement: Zenpage - a CMS plugin for Zenphoto

Some may heard of this side project our team member acrylian was working on for some time and a few of you even may already wait for it.

You can now watch a small fun pre-announcement teaser movie on Google video: or directly on

Sadly Google made the video a little too blurry but hopefully you get an idea of the coming real thing.

That will probably be within the next few days after some final testing, some doc writing and of course the setup of a project site under the above adress. Although Zenphoto contains some offical support for this plugin, it will not be included in the offical Zenphoto package and kept (...)

How to use the Dynamic Albums feature

Dynamic album basics

Albums in Zenphoto are physical and based on a folder on the file system. Dynamic albums are albums created dynamically based on a search, so technically a saved search. Therefore they update themselves if the search returns new results.

Dynamic albums are on the file system represented as a text file <albumname>.alb. The suffix is shown in the url if there is a physical album of the same name, otherwise the suffix is omitted (1.4.3).


Note that usage of dynamic albums requires Cookies to be enabled in the visitor's browser to stay in search context. 

Note: Dynamic albums cannot have subalbums unless these are part of the search results.

Important note on image file names: With Zenphoto 1.4.6 the url scheme of images within an dynamic album changed. Formerly they had the name of their real album in the image page url. Now they have the name of the dynamic album. The (...)

Zenphoto Glossary

A little glossary to define a few terms regarding Zenphoto.

The administration backend of zenphoto
The actual collection of images (and movies) that are within a folder within the "albums" folder.
Albums folder
The "albums" folder is located in the root of the Zenphoto installation and contains the folders of the actual albums.
Album name / folder name
The folder name of the album on the filesystem. This is independed from the actual album title and used in URLs. For subalbums the name includes all parents (e.g. album1/subalbum1)
Album title
The title of the album you can enter on the backend. This is independed from the actual album name.
Album theme
A theme that is attached to a specific album. It is possible to use a different themes with each top level album instead of the same main theme for all. Bascially any theme can be used as an album theme.
Album thumb
A thumbnail representing the album. This is either chosen automatically or specifically set. Functions for album thumbs also support showing the lock image in case the album is protected.
Custom (theme) page (...)

Zenphoto 1.2 Release Announcement

The Zenphoto team is proud to announce the release of Zenphoto 1.2! This is a major point release with several new features complete, as you can see in the changelog. The 1.2 release includes complete translation support and several included languages, the ability to move, copy, and rename albums and images, improvements to the administration interfaces, improvements to the tag system, and more. In all, over 200 issues were resolved according to our bugtracker, and I can personally vouch that this is the most complete and useful Zenphoto package to date. We hope you enjoy it and find it the easiest and simplest way to manage your photos online.

Head to the Zenphoto home page to download the release.

We would also like to welcome Kevin Rainbolt (krainbolt) to the Zenphoto team. He contributed many security and bug fixes for this release, and (...)

Zenphoto 1.2

  • Move/copy/rename albums and images [trisweb]
  • Mutli-lingual content support [sbillard]
  • Separate plugin translation capability [acrylian, sbillard]
  • Lots of security/vulnerability fixes [krainbolt]
  • Admin backend improvements [trisweb, sbillard, acrylian]
  • Slideshow plugin updates: progressive image preloading, slideshow from search and dynamic albums [dpeterson, sbillard, acrylian]
  • Setup improvements with more checks [sbillard]
  • Translation updates
    • Traditional Chinese translation [fatman]
    • German translation [acrylian]
    • Dutch translation [Vincent]
  • Upload video and audio files via admin backend [sbillard]
  • Tag management improvements [sbillard]
  • RSS feeds with language option [acrylian]
  • Many minor improvements and bugfixes. See all resolved issues on Trac.

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Installation, Upgrading and Requirements

NOTE: There are a number of 3rd party install scripts available for Zenphoto (and other CMS). Scripts such as SimpleScripts version 3 execute each of the necessary Zenphoto setup steps and should produce indentical results as following the installation steps below. Others try to reproduce the end result of an installation. These latter may not reliably accomplish their goal and leave a flawed installation. We do not test these scripts and cannot provide support if their use causes Zenphoto problems.


  1. Download the latest version of Zenphoto.
  2. Extract the files to your computer then upload all files and folders as listed below to your web directory via FTP. You can upload them either in the root of your webspace or within a subfolder.
  3. Create a MySQL database. (Technically Zenphoto can do that but virtually no host allows this!)
  4. Navigate to your gallery. Example: if you uploaded in a subfolder (...)

Zenphoto's global variables

This list of all global variables Zenphoto uses internally can be useful for developing extra theme functions or plugins.

The usage of these is aimed at the more web developing experienced user as they primarily are to be used with the object model.

General Zenphoto globals

The list of installed locales
Used to cache the list of albums that an admin may administer
Cache of the admin users
Cache for the current album loop
Contains the album folder name (when it is internal to the Zenphoto installation.)
Cache of the tags used in a gallery. (Used in the Tag Strings case only, contains multiple copies of a tag.)
Cache for the current comment loop
Contains the error from the last comment post
Saves comment context from a post for restoration
Holds configuration information from the zp-config.php file. May be overridden by the $_zp_options array.
Cache of the tags with occurrence counts.