This is a very broad/general question, in hopes that someone with experience/familiarity with a strong/current solution can point me in the right direction --
I need to produce a website for a client that will have essentially many galleries of photos to present. It's actually products, but they are so photo-centric that I could treat it like a photographer's "gallery/portfolio" website, and ecommerce is NOT needed.
I am most familiar and comfortable with hosting my own php/mysql websites, front and back-end, either manually hand-coded, or wordpress driven, so I'd prefer ideally to install this platform on my own server (so I can customize any change I want), but I'm open to a remote platform if there are enough advantages.
My top priortiies/qualifications for this solution are:
-- Clean, simple, intuitive, modern front-end user interace
-- Clear *labeled/titled* presentation of available galleries to choose from,
-- and then elegant navigation from one enlarged photo to the next
-- Photos should be IDENTIFIED by a fixed ID number, or filename
-- Visitor should be able to RETURN to that photo anytime later, by ID or somehow, easily
-- (In addition to these galleries, I should be able to customize a "website" with content and site navigation etc. around this primary photo gallery feature)
-- The client should have a BACK-END interface for managing photos (removing some, adding new ones, captioning, sort by various order options, etc...) THAT IS AS IDIOT-PROOF AS POSSIBLE
-- ie,, it'd be great to have as modern as possible an interface for uploading a new photo, along the lines of how easy facebook and platforms like that have made it)
-- And finally, since everything is going mobile, I'm looking for a "platform" with a responsive theme that would have a mobile friendly menu for choosing a gallery, and then a mobile-friendly display for enlarged images and prev/next navigation etc...
I guess maybe the answer is just use WordPress, but I'm not sure WordPress has the best/easiest back-end management of albums with 50 photos in each one etc.,,? Or maybe there's a theme/package/plugin for it that I don't know about?
I of course realize how optimistic this all is, but the point of my EE question, is that I'm assuming there ARE some sort of platforms out there that do at least some pieces of this, and I have no idea what they are.
I've always hand-coded my own solutions, or implemented just the gallery piece etc., but now that everything is moving mobile, and responsive, you almost *have* to "play along" with an existing platform like wordpress, or a 3rd party shopping cart platform, etc...
So I'm just wondering it there is some primary successful "leader" Platform out there, built around photo, and photo galleries, ie for photographers' websites, that has a responsive modern attractive front-end, as well as a useable client-friendly non-techy-friendly PHOTO MANAGEMENT back-end, and if I can host this myself, or if I have to give up all control entirely to a subscription service, etc...
Can anyone give me any advice about this!
I found "RedFrame" for example, and I like how this one looks OK,
but I don't know what the back-end looks like, or how much I can customize, and I'd prefer a platform with themes like WordPress or OsCommerce etc. that I can totally install and manage on my own php/mysql server....
Thanks in advance for any ideas/thoughts/suggestions