Hey guys. I've got two sites I'm working on that I think need a common solution.
He's a photographer. I'm a(n animated) cartoonist, but right now I'm doing a webcomic. We are both interested in using WordPress to showcase our works, but I have yet to find a plugin that really does the job. I'm looking for an extremely customizable gallery plugin. I've seen "photoblog" themes, but they turn your site into a slideshow. I've seen gallery plugins, but they seem to be designed for larger collections and popup images instead of full posts.
I'm looking for a relatively autmoated way to create thumbnails for posts. I'd like to assign thumbnails to posts and have the plugin randomly return them. Then, I could embed them into the site (see the sidebar on brandon.slipabuck.com) and have a visual way for people to choose a post. And of course, I'd like the thumbnails to be created based on the images respectively linked to in their individual posts.
I want additional content with my pictures, so a traditional gallery is problematic for more reasons than the relatively few images I would have to start out with. I'm playing around with ways to integrate a tip jar right now, and I'd also like to add a more... section that explains the philosophy behind the images.
Anyway, that's the next phase in making WordPress really work for me. After I get through all these midterms, I'll have to play around with the available PHP scripts and see if I can make it work. If anybody has any ideas for either gallery or tip jar solutions, I'd love to hear them.