Quickly and easily add a gallery to your ASP.NET application
Gallery Server Pro is an ASP.NET application written in C# for .NET 4.5 and higher.
The source code is freely available, and the architecture follows well-known design
patterns for easy readability, robustness, and maintainability.
There are two ways to add a gallery to your site:
- Install as a stand-alone application
- Add the Gallery Server Pro user control to your existing ASP.NET application
A stand-alone installation of Gallery Server Pro
The first approach lets you get started quickly in a simple three-step process:
- Extract the files to a directory on your server.
- Configure directory as an application in IIS.
- Open default.aspx in a browser.
That is it! Your gallery is ready to go. All gallery functionality is contained
in a single page at default.aspx, so you may want to edit this page to have the
look and feel of your main application. There are a few style sheets that contain
colors and other formatting, so you may want to edit these, too.
The advantages of keeping the gallery as a separate application are:
- Easier upgrading to future versions of Gallery Server Pro
- Easier maintenance of your existing web site, as the gallery is self-contained
The main disadvantage is that the application runs in its own process, so it is
more difficult to share information between the gallery and your main web site.
Specifically, you cannot share login status, session state, application state, global
variables, or singleton objects. There are ways around these obstacles, but they
take some effort. For a truly integrated solution, read on...
Integrate Into Existing ASP.NET Application
An example of Gallery Server Pro integrated into an existing ASP.NET application
through the Gallery user control
All functionality is wrapped in a single user control, so adding a gallery to your
site is as easy as copying the files and adding the user control to one of your
pages. You don't even have to recompile, nor do you need access to the source
code for your web site!
Gallery Server Pro can be used in both C# and VB.NET web sites.
Follow a few basic steps to add a gallery to your site:
- Copy the Gallery Server Pro files into your web application. Most of them can
be placed in a directory of your choosing, but a few need to go in these special
directories: App_Data, App_GlobalResources, and bin.
- Configure web.config to define a few settings required by Gallery Server Pro.
- Choose one of your web pages to host the gallery. For example, create a new gallery.aspx
page and have it based on your current master page. Add the following to the top
of the page:
At the location in the page where you want the gallery to appear, add:
That's it! Fire it up in a web browser. You'll be prompted to create the admin account and then you can start adding your media files.
Administrator's Guide has step-by-step instructions to guide you through
this process. If you have any questions, the forum is just a mouse click away. Want
Hire Roger to handle the integration for you.
Membership and Role Providers
The admin area gives you complete user and role management.
Gallery Server Pro uses the ASP.NET Membership and Role provider model for user
and role storage. There are two data technologies supported by default:
But you are not limited to these two. You can hook into any membership system -
including your existing one - with a simple update to the web.config file.
There are even step by step directions in the Admin Guide for integrating
into Active Directory.