The DMUO Project Finds A Home
The Digital Memories of Ultima Online project has taken a giant step forward. I’ve been peppering my previous posts with updates, but I think it’s now time for a proper update.
First, I will no longer use Dropbox as the means to collect images. I’m now taking a very serious look at the Coppermine Gallery CMS and since it has built-in account management and upload features, Dropbox is not needed. Having said that, if someone has a large number of images and they do not wish to set up an account and upload the images directly to the gallery I’ll be happy to set up a private Dropbox folder instead.
If you’ve been following the blog, you know that the project is being developed in two phases. Phase 1 is now complete. I want to thank my friends who jumped in early to help sort out the technical details. At some point, I’ll give them the credit they deserve. Perhaps a “Rogue’s Gallery” on the website with character profiles and links to their websites. (It seems that everyone who plays UO has their own website.)
In a personal development, I’ve taken a job at a web hosting firm. The domain that hosts the gallery is on their servers. I realize that I still have a “split personality” since the blog (ravenofminoc.com) and the gallery (ravenofminoc.net) reside on different servers. The blog is still hosted at WordPress.com but when things settle down, I plan on migrating the blog to the new servers and getting all the domains set up properly. Then no matter which one you type, you’ll always come to the right spot.
I may have fumbled things a bit at the start of the project. I think that setting up a “test gallery” on another domain may have created the impression that I didn’t have a long-term commitment to the gallery. The Dropbox accounts probably put some folks off as well. In the forums, folks have expressed interest in specific features that I didn’t plan on offering originally, but these functions are all built into Coppermine.
So, give the project a second look and keep the comments rolling in!