now, i know this has been brought up quite a few times, as i have done my searched through the forums. i have also tested out some of the addons which people have made. however, i still can't seem to find exactly what i'm looking for, or maybe i didn't quite use the addon correctly.
ok, so here's my situation. i am currently in the process of designing a community blog type of site for some of my friends, as they are all on free blog sites such as xanga. previously, when designing my own blog (ie one user, multiple categories), i easily got away with simple to use php scripts such as CuteNews. but now, seeing as i will have multiple users and multiple categories, CN just doesn't cut it anymore. now, WordPress is perfect for the blogging aspect of it, but what i really want to incorporate is a gallery. not just a plugin that allows me to attach pictures to my post, but a full blown gallery. however, things like only users registered with a specific level can upload (so as not to allow any registered user to upload images), User1 can only upload pictures to his/her folder, and gallery categories and photos can be viewed on a seperate page or even a popup window.
now, im new to wordpress, but am quite interested as i like the idea of being able to incorporate some of my basic php knowledge directly into my templates giving me more power. but am i asking for too much in terms of this photo gallery? or can someone point me in the right direction.
thanks in advance. any help is much appreciated! :)