Of course the family wants to see pictures of the kids and online galleries are an easy way to do it, but if I put passwords on the galleries it is the same as telling my father he can't look anymore because is is so technophobic.
Does anybody have a solution that lets me put pictures online easily like flickr or picasa, while making it easy to share them only with people I know.
I would ideally like a web app I can use or host myself.
We simply use Picasa and Web Albums that are "unlisted".
The chances of someone stumbling across the unique URL by accident is pretty darn slim.
Another thing I'll do on occasion is change the name of the album (or move the photos into a new album)... which in turn changes the URL. I then re-email the URL to close family and friends.
This is (sort of) a way of "resetting" the pictures as the old URL simply stops working (or has no pictures in it).
Anything I don't want the public to see (like I tub picture or something I guess) I simply email directly to grandma/grandpa.
answered 14 Dec '09, 23:31
Remember that anything that you let some people see it with no login and password should be understood to be visible to ANYBODY. You simply cannot avoid logins/passwords and simultaneously ensure that only people you know can see it.
I think there's a limit to the paranoia you should have, however. SO WHAT if anybody can see a few of your family photos? It means nothing to people who don't know you. But I would recommend a few precautions to keep you and your kids safe:
As long as there's no easy way to physically find you or your kids from the photos, or to engage in any kind of identity theft (those pages don't have your address, social security, or other financial data), then I think there is really no issue aside from your being creeped out by strangers seeing your pictures.
We have a website that we use wordpress (http://wordpress.org/) to create a blog on. It makes it easy to upload pictures directly onto our site and also allows people to visit the site to see the pictures. I use it as an online baby book for people who don't get to see my baby very often. The site is remote enough that people who don't know about it are unlikely to stumble upon it so we don't use a password to protect it.
For my parents we then added a link directly to the site on their desktop that all they have to do is click on to go to the site.
answered 13 Dec '09, 21:26
How about using the usual photo hosting sites, with a password, but logging your Father in the first time yourself, then setting a non-expiring cookie that keeps him logged in?
This seems to work for my relatives on Flickr.
answered 16 Dec '09, 07:22