Setting Up A Family Website

Now that we’ve got a kiddo, my brain is racing with all sorts of things that I may need. While I do own (obviously), I wanted to have something more family-generic, so I bought a new domain just for my family. There are a few things that I’d like to setup on there, but I’m not exactly sure how, so I figured I would list them out. If you’re a web developer or are more experienced with setting up websites (other than blogs), please leave me a comment with your suggestions.

Obviously, I’ll likely setup a family blog with WordPress. That’s a no-brainer.

Image Hosting: I already setup a private PicasaWeb album to share photos of my daughter with family, but I’d like to have this all reside on a server that I own (or at least own access to). GoDaddy’s hosting connection has a few photo gallery apps available, and I suppose I could always use WordPress. A big factor here is going to be the ease with which I can upload photos, especially from my phone (Android).

File Sharing: I imagine I’ll need to host files here and there, and it would be great if there were an easy solution for this (other than FTP). Ideally, something like Dropbox, but again, something I control, versus someone else’s control. Also, mobile access to this is also key.

That’s all I can really think of for now. Do you have a ‘family’ domain, and if so, what uses have you found for it?

Published by rcadden

Just a dude with a phone.

3 thoughts on “Setting Up A Family Website

  1. Congrats again on the new one Ricky. You make a lovely family.

    I am new to the world of Posterous, but I wish I had found it sooner. While I haven’t used it for family reasons, I had to set up a website for school this year, allowing access to several users but with privacy as well. And this has been so dead simple that I haven’t lost my religion over it. They have an Android app, I checked for you.

    They allow you to post to WordPress, Picasa, Flickr, Facebook, all the main and minor players of Social Networking. I kept the domain even after I didn’t need it for school because again it was so dead simple but the privacy was something I hadn’t encountered before. I hope this helps in a small measure.

    Looking forward to following you with the next season of your life 🙂

    1. Thanks for the response! I saw your Posterous reco earlier in regards to pixelpipe – I’ll most definitely check it out, as I’m not feeling confident pixelpipe will be around much longer, honestly.

  2. Ricky – do some googling on Gallery2 – it’s a self-hosted image gallery, and there’s an android app called G2Android for managing it.  I don’t use it personally, but I know that our marketing director here at work does and she seems satisfied with it.

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