Create a Web Photo Gallery

Software and Tips to Post Your Photos Online

With the Web and a little bit of software, it's easier than ever to share your pictures with anyone online... even if you don't know HTML and you've never made a personal Web page before! There's lots of software that can automatically generate photo galleries for the Web. Much of this software is free, or you may even find this functionality built in to the graphics programs you already own--many photo editors and image management tools include Web publishing features these days.

But First... Be Safe!

Before you post your family pictures to a public Web page, be sure to review these important safety guidelines from Family Internet Guide Marcy Zitz.

Tools to Automate Your Web Gallery

On the pages linked below, you'll find a roundup of tutorials for creating Web photo galleries in popular software, plus links to more software with features for creating HTML photo albums and thumbnail index pages, all complete with hyperlinks and ready to upload. With the following information, and the help of some other About guides, you'll have no excuse not to be sharing your favorite photo collections online.

  • Top Pick: JAlbum Freeware
    • Not only is JAlbum free, it's loaded with features and multi-platform compatible. There's hardly a reason to look elsewhere.
  • How-tos for Creating a Web Photo Gallery
    • Step-by-step instructions for creating Web galleries in several programs.
  • Free Web Gallery Tools for Windows
    • Find free software specially designed for posting your photos on the Web
  • Web Gallery Tools for Windows
    • Windows software for generating the HTML for a Web photo gallery.
  • Web Gallery Tools for Macintosh
    • Free and commercial software for Macintosh that will help automate the process of posting your photos on the Web.
  • Batch Processing Tools
    • This software can automate a variety of graphics processing tasks, and many of them include features for creating Web galleries.
  • Photo Blogging
    • If you don't want the hassle of HTML and FTP, setting up a photo blog (web-log) is a very easy way to post your photos on the Web.

The Next Step...

After you've created your photo gallery, you still need to find a Web hosting provider and upload the HTML files and images. You might even want to learn enough HTML to enhance your pages and give them more of a personal flair. I've compiled these resources from other About Guides to help you finish the job...

Web Hosting

  • Links to free Web hosting providers, from HTML Guide Jennifer Kyrnin.
  • Free Web Page Hosting
    • Reviews of free Web hosting providers, from Freebies Guide Lee Seats.
  • A break down of features from many popular free hosting sites, from Personal Web Pages Guide Linda Roeder.

FTP & Uploading

  • Uploading Your Pages
    • The basics of uploading, from HTML Guide Jennifer Kyrnin.
  • FTP & File Upload Utilities
    • Information about FTP and using file transfer utilities from Linda Roeder.
  • Software and information for moving your files from your computer to a Web server, from HTML Guide Jennifer Kyrnin.
  • How To Upload Your Web Site
    • Step-by-step instructions from HTML Guide Jennifer Kyrnin.

Learning HTML

  • It's not as hard as you think to create a page of your own. Learn the basics of HTML with the help of Personal Web Pages Guide Linda Roeder.
  • If you are just starting out on your Web page, or you're looking for basic information, HTML Guide Jennifer Kyrnin can help.
  • Go beyond automated software and create your own custom photo galleries, or learn enough to spice them up a bit, with this compilation of links from Personal Web Pages Guide Linda Roeder.