The aptly named Gallery is a brilliant piece of well-support open source software, aimed at providing you with the best photo image image sharing tool to use on your own hosted website. All you need is a PHP-enabled website and an operational database, and you’re pretty much good to go.

From minimalistic all the through to as customized as a chameleon, Gallery is fully extensible and can be expanded upon by your own modules and themes if you so want. Written in a object-orientated, MVC framework, Gallery comes packaged with versioned APIs, can handle active localizations and supports a number of different DBMS.

Gallery can intergrate with blogs, general CMS systems as well as forums like phpBB, SMF and vBulletin just to name a few.

In terms of features, Gallery provides all the basic functionality like creating photo albums, adding/removing photos, administrating the albums, automatic thumbnail generation and image resizing, plus it also handles a wide variety of image formats, which is pretty important in this day and age as you can well imagine.

Like I already mentioned installation and upgrading is a piece of cake and what is nice of the software is that it comes 100% multi-user ready and comes with all the necessary user, group and permissions management tools that you’ll need to administer the site properly.

And the last little fun fact – Gallery is actually pretty much multimedia ready, meaning that it supports streaming videos, and listening to music, making it an invaluable little asset if you want to stay away from online-hosted big boy solutions like Flickr or Picasa Web, where you don’t hold all the keys to your kingdom…

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