IsoBlock
An Artist Portfolio Website Design

Welcome to the IsoBlock Gallery Builder page.

Gallery Builder will generate all of the web code for an image gallery webpage
using text information that you enter and images that you select and upload.

Gallery Builder is a simple online web application that generates all the code for an image gallery based upon text information that you provide in response to various dialogs, most of which are "fill in the blank" requests, and the images and text caption descriptions that you select and upload to populate the gallery, along with an optional page background image and logos. Gallery Builder is not intended to provide a hosting service to display uploaded galleries and it does not provide storage for image gallery archives. Once Gallery Builder has generated a web gallery archive, the application expects you to download that archive, so that you may then use or host the gallery on your own website or local media.


After the gallery archive is generated and prepared for downloading it will be deleted. There is no storage on the IsoBlock site for the generated web gallery archives. The only way to preserve your web image gallery is to download it.

Gallery Builder is set up to generate a fixed format gallery, so for example you may change the name of the gallery but you may not determine where and how that name will be displayed. If you like this design or format for a web gallery, you are in business. And you may of course edit the files produced by Gallery Builder to "tweak" the result.

Gallery Builder supports JPG, PNG, and GIF format images in its galleries and the file formats may be mixed within a gallery.

As previously described, this installation of Gallery Builder is intended as an online tool to enable a user to create and subsequently download a ZIP archive containing all the content for a web image gallery. The user can then unZip the archive to display and use the web gallery they made. In this mode Gallery Builder does not save any content from users, and in fact it deletes the ZIP archive after a timeout delay.

But another way to use Gallery Builder is as a locally installed tool to make and display web image gallery pages which are then hosted and displayed on the site where Gallery Builder is installed. There is a lovely term about software, "eat your own dogfood", and I use Gallery Builder in that mode to create image gallery pages that I display on my own domain. To do this you can download and install your own copy of Gallery Builder. Then, for example, this could be used by a school or other organization with a web domain to allow students or members to build and upload galleries of their graphics work to be displayed on the organization's web site. The documentation explaining this option and others is part of the codebase repository on Github. Click the footer below for links. ☺

Gallery Builder uses PHP and mySQLi and other software to generate the image gallery pages; however the generated web code, the gallery that Gallery Builder makes and downloads, is all just plain HTML, CSS, and javascript so it will run on most any host or media with most browsers. The image gallery uses "responsive design" to allow it to be used on various screen sizes from smartphones to desktops.

A "PDF user guide" and a "video user guide" show the steps in the Gallery Builder process. We suggest reviewing those before using Gallery Builder.

At the bottom of each Gallery Builder page there is a Previous / Next dialog to allow you to navigate through the application steps.

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