Updates from August, 2009

  • Admin Area Re-design

    2:52 pm on August 31, 2009 | 1 Permalink
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    We’re working on a complete re-design of the admin area for you photo website making it much easier and clearer to use. We’re also looking the design of pages that will be used for paypal integration enabling you to sell your images through your Photoswarm pro photo website.

    Below is a taster of what things are going to look like. Feedback welcome.

    Admin Paypal
    Admin Organize
    Admin Home
    Admin Edit
    Admin Edit Info
    Admin Delete
    Admin Add

  • Uploader Updated

    2:27 pm on August 31, 2009 | 0 Permalink
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    We released an update our photo uploader last night which will fix a few issues with the upload of multiple photos. Some users found that uploading would cause their machine to freeze while the encoding took place. We’ve switched to an asynchronous image encoder (don’t worry – you don’t need to know what that means).

    Many thanks to Derrick Griggs for the code –  saved us a lot of time and hassle.

    Along with this we’ve also reworked queries on the front end to make your sites perform even faster.
    Malta's Coastline

  • Password Reset

    12:04 pm on August 30, 2009 | 0 Permalink
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    Arrrrrgh! Yep, we know the feeling well.

    We’ve now implemented automatic password resets so you won’t have to email us now. Just click the “forgot password?” link below on your login page and our system does the rest.

    Ta Prohm - Cambodia

  • 6 Reasons to go Pro

    2:37 am on August 30, 2009 | 0 Permalink
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    Following up on the launch of our pro sites, we’ve added more content detailing the main features of our pro photo websites. These are located at our 6 Reasons to go Pro page and are also summarized below:


    You get your own personal http://www.yourdomain.com domain name URL to showcase your photos professionally.

    There’s no limit to the number of photos you can upload and share.

    SELL YOUR PHOTOS (coming soon)
    With paypal and google checkout integration you can sell your photos online effortlessly.

    NO ADS
    Our pro sites are ad free so your visitors can focus on your photos. There’s also no requirement for your visitors to register.

    We can setup you@yourname.com email addresses so that not only does your site look professional but your email does too.

    Enjoy great and fanatical support. We’re photographers just like you and will do everything we can to help.

    If there is something else you need just let us know.

    Swiss Re Tower from the Lloyds Building

  • Photoswarm V2 Released

    10:43 pm on August 24, 2009 | 0 Permalink
    Tags: 8 bit, coldfusion, lego, , , , version 2

    Version 2 of our Photoswarm photo website hosting engine is live. From the outside it may appear that nothing much has changed but on the inside it’s a completely new beast.

    We’re now running Coldfusion on Railo which means that every last line of code behind the scenes has been rewritten resulting in pages loading on average 5 times faster than before.

    By far the biggest benefit however is that we can now start to roll out some of the other features we’ve been working on. Expect to be able to sell your images, incorporate your contact details within your photo website and set a custom email addresses (you@yourname.com) for your domain name.

    For all the geeks out there: we’ve moved to a Super Singleton Architecture (for want of a better term – yes, we made that up). It’s a kind of Frankenstein monster of Ruby on Rails and Erlang. It works really well for us as we get to utilize the rapid application development of Coldfusion while working around its traditional performance issues with object instantiation.

    Once we get the teething issues sorted out I’ll post a few code samples with explanations of why it works so well for us.

    Also for the geeks, we’re loving this at the moment:

  • Botched Signup Emails

    3:49 am on August 24, 2009 | 0 Permalink

    Doh! Seems we had a *little bug* (read: stupid typo) in our code and some people who signed up didn’t receive the activation emails. Hence couldn’t activate their accounts and probably cried themselves to sleep waiting to play with their lovely new photoswarm sites.

    The good news is that we’ve identified the effected accounts and emails containing the activation codes are winging their way to the soon to be happy recipients as I write this.

    Please accept our apologies. Turns out we still have plenty of work to do.

  • New Pro Photo Websites Launched

    12:26 am on August 20, 2009 | 1 Permalink
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    In addition to our free personal photo websites we’ve just launched a pro version which gives you your own yournamehere.com domain name to make your photo website look more professional and feel unique.

    There’s also a light version which, like the pro version, offers unlimited image storage / uploads.

    It’s a big milestone in our development however for us it’s just a start. We want to hear more from you so if you’ve got a feature in mind, can’t wait to have something developed, have a design comment or just want a shoulder to cry on then get in touch either by leaving feedback or by contacting us directly.

    Leake Street Graffiti

  • Rebuilding from Scratch

    3:27 pm on August 14, 2009 | 2 Permalink

    First things first, I’m Aidan, the head geek.

    So, we’ve almost finished rebuilding the whole backend of our photoswarm photo hosting website engine from the ground up. Originally it was written in php however we’ve since switched to coldfusion. It’s cleaner, leaner and faster making it easier for you to upload and share your photos online.

    Previously we were using codeigniter.com, an MVC framework for php. It’s a lovely framework, and very fast by all reports. But we’re perfectionists, and we expect the same from our code. In recent years we’ve developed mainly in coldfusion and whilst, it’s a great language (especially for rapid development), the price tag isn’t so great. Fortunately the guys over at Railo have developed a kick ass open source version of coldfusion. We love it.

    As time goes on I’ll get into more specific detail about how / why we’ve developed the photo hosting website engine the way we have. In the meantime, enjoy.

    As always, we’re very fond of feedback.

    Bokor Hill Station Stairwell

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