after getting some much needed support from all the good folks here i thought i'd share my success so far in getting mygallery up and running. step by step for the newbies like me.
how to install
upload mygallery to the plugins folder
create a folder called 'myfotos' inside the 'wp-content' folder
chmod the 'myfotos' folder to 777
activate the plugin
on the dashboard toolbar select 'manage', 'pages'
create a new page
take note of the ID number afterwards
select 'mygallery' on the dashboard toolbar
there are 4 options, 'mygallery', 'management', 'options' & 'style'
choose 'create ... as new empty gallery' (give this a name, say 'pix1'(no quotes))
go to 'gallery management', select your gallery 'pix1' from the drop menu
gallery options will then appear
under page ID put the number you noted earlier
give it a description
give it a long name (a brief write-up)
go back to 'dashboard, manage pages'
'edit' the page you made for the gallery
paste [mygal=pix1] into the page (i use the html function)
your page is now a gallery (albeit with no pics yet)
to upload pix into the gallery
go to 'dashboard, mygallery'
go to 'mygallery' within that
choose 'upload to gallery (choose pix1 from the dropdown)
browse for a pic on your machine
your image has now been uploaded
to add captions etc
go to 'gallery management'
select 'pix1' from the dropdown
the gallery contents will now show
you can now add captions, alter titles, delete images etc
hit 'update' when done
if you have several galleries and you wish to group them
create a new page
paste [mygallistgal] in the page
that page will now list all the galleries within your site
to hide the single gallery pages but display the grouped page
go to 'dashboard, presentation'
choose 'theme editor'
by default it takes you to style.css
choose to edit 'sidebar'
where it says
<?php wp_list_pages('title_li=<h2>' . __('') . '</h2>&sort_column=menu_order'); ?>
<?php wp_list_pages('exclude=14,15,17&title_li=<h2>' . __('') . '</h2>&sort_column=menu_order'); ?>
i have added the line exclude=14,15,17&
this will exclude the pages with the page IDs specified
obviously the numbers will change depending on what page/s you want to hide
hit 'update file'
if there is no 'update file' button
your page is not set to be writable
in your FTP editor
go to wp-content/themes/THE THEME YOU'RE USING/
chmod the sidebar.php file to 666 (do all of them in fact)
hope this helps some of you out