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WordPress.org and PHP & MySQL statistics

7 months ago, in post Phone Home or when an application sends data back to mothership, I said:

If WordPress could make its PHP/MySQL statistics public, then Piwigo wouldn’t need to create its own phoning home feature!

And it seems that my wish has now come true! WordPress.org has recently added a Statistics page with the versions of WordPress, PHP and MySQL.

PHP & MySQL statistics, published by WordPress.org

PHP & MySQL statistics, published by WordPress.org

This is really interesting to me. We have a clear idea of how many web application users are still using old versions of PHP (ie 92.8% are using PHP 5.2+)  or MySQL (ie 96.3% are using MySQL 5.0+). It shows that not so many users are still under very old PHP versions!

Thank you WordPress for doing the dirty work of collecting this data, and thank you WordPress.org for publishing the info!

Written by plg

July 1, 2011 at 12:07 pm

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Piwigo.com gets its own blog

Another step for Piwigo.com with a dedicated blog. Because I really appreciate the user experience on WordPress.com I’ve decided to use a self-hosted WordPress.

Piwigo.com gets its own blog, powered by WordPress

Piwigo.com gets its own blog, powered by WordPress

Why not another WordPress.com account:

  1. I wanted no ads (the No-Ads upgrade costs $30)
  2. I wanted a perfect integration with other pages on Piwigo.com  (the Custom Design upgrade costs $30)
  3. I wanted it on URL piwigo.com/blog (not possible with WordPress.com) or at least on blog.piwigo.com ($12 on WordPress.com)

Considering that we have a dedicated server for Piwigo.com presentation website and because I have the skills to run a web application, paying an additional $72/year does not really makes sense.

I’ve installed WordPress 3.1.3. I wanted to customize header, footer and CSS. Just like Piwigo, WordPress has child themes : I have created the “piwigo.com” theme, with twentyten as template (as “parent” theme). As my customizations are only made on my own theme, I won’t have to care about losing them on future upgrades of WordPress.

Compared to my WordPress.com blog, the one you’re reading right now on piwigo.wordpress.com, I’ve lost the great WP Stats feature. I may reactivate it with the Jetpack package but I will rely on Piwik statistics for now.

Note: Jetpack is a collection of WordPress plugins designed by Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, founded by Matt Mullenweg, co-founder of WordPress. Jetpack is active on all WordPress.com blogs.

Does that mean this blog will be closed? No, absolutely not. I won’t write about topics like new releases or specific features on the Piwigo.com blog, so I still need a place for this kind of post!

Read Piwigo.com Blog →

Written by plg

June 28, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Insert your photos from Piwigo into WordPress

This feature has been expected for a long time and João C. proposes it with PiwigoMedia : WordPress users can easily insert photos from their Piwigo photo gallery into a blog post. Easily means :

  1. browse your gallery
  2. select photos
  3. click on the “insert into post” button

Note: PiwigoMedia is a plugin for WordPress, not for Piwigo


settings for PiwigoMedia
Define the Piwigo URL, Piwigo can be on another server.
WordPress post editor (TinyMCE) with PiwigoMedia button
when you edit your WordPress post, a new button appears to select photos from Piwigo
the PiwigoMedia window, to select your photos from Piwigo
select a category (an album), then one ore more photos and insert them into your WordPress post
photos from Piwigo inserted into WordPress post
Photos from Piwigo are inserted as links into your WordPress post


PiwigoMedia is really simple to use and does the job the right way. As PiwigoMedia smartly uses the Piwigo web API, your Piwigo doesn’t have to be installed on the same server or in the same database. Your Piwigo can be installed on the other side of the planet!

Visit João C. website and Download PiwigoMedia

Written by plg

February 15, 2011 at 9:27 pm

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Using WordPress/Drupal/Joomla for your photo gallery?

Yesterday as any usual day we received a support request on the Piwigo forum. This user has been trying to create his photo gallery with Drupal and obviously, it was not as easy as expected:

After spending months fighting with various Drupal gallery modules, I finally gave up and after some research ended up with Piwigo. So far, I am very impressed. I must say that I’ve been able to get a LOT more done in 4 hours with Piwigo than I could in 6 months with Drupal’s gallery and image modules! Way to go!

Don’t understand my post wrong, I really appreciate Drupal or Joomla for creating an average to very large website or WordPress to create a small website or a feature rich blog. Drupal, Joomla and WordPress are great softwares with impressive feature sets and active communities.

My opinion is that if your website is mainly a photo gallery, the best option is to choose a photo gallery software and among the best photo gallery software you’ll find Piwigo, but not only: ZenPhoto and Menalto Gallery are also in the place. Piwigo is designed to manage photo galleries, only other photo gallery softwares can be seriously compared to Piwigo when it comes to managing (large) photo sets.

Gallery modules integrated into WordPress/Drupal/Joomla are nice and certainly good enough for the vast majority of WordPress/Drupal/Joomla users and I don’t say this option is a bad choice. It all depends on the main use of your website. I have seen many great photo galleries designed with a WordPress core + photo oriented theme and the result is top quality most of the time.

You know what’s good with Opensource Softwares? The user can give a try and decide by himself!

Written by plg

October 20, 2010 at 2:53 pm

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