Tools for memorial blog
Hi. My name is Carl, this is my first post here. I’m in need of some advice. My wife died suddenly in the beginning of this year and left myself, her family and friends with a lot of unanswered questions.
As I was going through my wifes writings (poems, diaries, letters) I got the idea to place it all chronologically and copy, to give as a memory to those who miss her. I soon realised that the material was to large to include more than a fraction, especially if I wanted to include my wife´s drawings and photos of her. Which I would like to.
The obvious solution would be to make a webpage with all material. But I need advice on the exact type of webpage, the best tools to use; while I know my way around a computer web applications and databases is something I haven’t really touched. So, I figured I’d ask for help. This is what I’d like to be able to do:
A webpage with a timeline. I was thinking of there being different symbols denoting a diary, a letter, a poem, a picture, a drawing etc.
Possibility to leave comments for the different items.
It would almost be necessary for visitor to be able to see which items had received new comments since the last visit, or indeed new items. There will be a lot and I imagine I would prefer to go online with the page before everything is done, adding new content over time.
Possibility to insert new items (or at least a function for suggesting new items) so that friends and relatives can add their own recollections.
Bonus: a thumbnail of the content showing up when the pointer is over a symbol.
Big bonus: the ability to have some content invisible unless you are logged on. (Some things may obviously be too personal to post were anyone can see them).
I found an application, usable in WordPress, that when it comes to the front-end goes a long way towards my goal:
However, as far as I can see there is no function to show when new comments have been added.
Any suggestions? Would it be possible to customize a WordPress blog for the functions I’m looking for, or would I need to look at other blog sites or even set up my own website?
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