Welcome to the private homepage of Johannes Jarolim, Salzburg, Austria, Europe. Willkommen auf der privaten Homepage von Johannes Jarolim, Salzburg, Österreich.

It’s out in the wild. Convert your WordPress 2.x installation into a full featured photoblog in virtually no time. Use the full range of WordPress functions and plugins: Benefit from the big community WordPress has to offer.

What is YAPB / What can you expect?

  • A non invasive WordPress-plugin that converts wp into a easy useable photoblog system
  • Easy image upload – All wordpress post-features can be used
  • On the fly thumbnail generation – Use multiple thumbnail sizes where and when you need them: Thumbnail generation gets controlled from the template.
  • EXIF data processing and output
  • Self-learning EXIF filter – Your own cameras tags can be selected to be viewed.
  • Full i18n-Support through gnutext mo/po files
  • YAPB Plugin Infrastructure for extended functionality
  • Ping additional update-service-sites when posting a photoblog entry.
  • Nearly every WP-theme can become a photoblog in virtually no time.

You’ll get a photoblog system based on wordpress – Decide if you want to post a normal WordPress article or a photoblog entry. Be free to use all available extensions / plugins of the WordPress platform ;-)

3 Steps to your WordPress Photoblog

Why another photoblog system?

There aren’t many open source photoblog systems out there in the wild. I searched a long time and found only few. Evaluated all of them and decided to program one on myself, since none of them met my demands. I did that about three times – Every version was build up from the scratch. Every version was better and much more flexible. More cool and finally more proprietary.

Every time i saw a feature in another blog system that i wanted to have – i had to spend much of my rare spare time to design, program and integrate it into my own photoblog system. After implementing some features like captcha, ping and trackback, etc. etc. i decided that this was just a waste of time.

There already was a system out there having lot’s of features and a huge community: WordPress. Yapb is my try to build on a wide spread platform – And to get what i want – As a photographer and programmer.

Why not use services like Flickr, Deviantart, etc. etc. ?

Why hazzle with renting a suitable webhost, installing a photoblog software, configuring the whole stuff, eventually solve problems, searching and installing a cool theme, etc. etc. – If i can have it all (and more) with one click at Flickr, Deviantart, etc. etc. ?

I’m only able to give you a hint on my opinion why i don’t want to host my images on such a service. Fortunately, for the impatient among us, it can be told with only three (and a half) words:

It’s my image.

Post your image on a foreign server and you’ll never be exactly sure what rights you have on your own images until you’re a better laywer than the one hired by your prefered photo community. One nice example: Flickr was sold to Yahoo AFTER they had tens of thousands users and hosted millions of images. If you’re posting images to flickr right now – Do you EXACTLY know, what rights Yahoo currently owns on YOUR images?

If this is perfectly ok for you – Go on and use those communities! After givin away your personal data, you will have an account for free and no hazzle with setting up your own photoblog. There are thousands of users just waiting for you!

Technically spoken

Yapb integrates tightly into wordpress. Via Javascript DOM manipulation it injects several form additions into the standard wordpress post form. It provides additional data and functions to themes so that nearly every theme can be converted to a photoblog in virtually no time. Yapb doesn’t touch original wordpress code – It’s using it.

Support YAPB

Do you like YAPB? Do you use it regulary to show your photos or images? Did YAPB save you time? Or you just want to give something back for the time spent to create, maintain and support YAPB? Just Donate a little ammount so i may buy a good book, DVD, etc. or just pay some server traffic. Bigger ammounts (if any) will be invested in my photo equipment of course ;-)

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Five Hundred Fifty Replies

  1. 27. August 2006, 17:56
    Comment by Chris

    "Yet Another Photoblog", I use it, although a beta release - on my art-resource http://www.kunstimnetz.com and for me, it works really good. I am still working on getting into all the features right now (i.e., posting on photo-ressources the photoblogs, only - without the standard wordpress textblogs... ) and will show most of these gadgets within my site. Kind regards, Christian Jarolim www.kunstimnetz.com

    • 11. May 2007, 09:41
      Comment by Johannes
      Thanks for the advertising brother ;-) Ah - before i forget - It now works with IE too - Was a little standards-incompatibility from MicroSoft. Just download the latest version and overwrite the existing plugin files.
  2. 29. August 2006, 22:11
    Comment by kristin

    Wow! This is just GREAT. I'm excited to try it out. I've been waiting for something like this for a long time. I'm not much of a coder so I couldn't do it myself.

    • 11. May 2007, 09:42
      Comment by Johannes
      Thanks for your comment - I've been waiting too… and decided that i didn't want to wait any longer ;-) Please provide positive and/or negative feedback if possible!
  3. 4. September 2006, 19:00
    Comment by Vickie

    How can I change the size of the image that shows in the post? It is much smaller than I would like. Thank you.

    • 11. May 2007, 09:42
      Comment by Johannes

      Hi - First of all upload images in a size you need them. Then change the parameters of the thumbnailer if you want to see bigger images. My sample shows thumbnails with a width of 200px - Here's a sample for thumbnails with a width of 400px: <img src="<?php $post->image->getThumbnailHref(array('w=400')) ?>" alt="" /> Hope this helps.

  4. 10. September 2006, 17:51
    Comment by Bharath Kumar

    Nice, will give it a try.

    • 11. May 2007, 09:44
      Comment by Johannes
      And don't forget to give feedback ;-)
  5. 10. September 2006, 18:55
    Comment by Marco Raaphorst

    might be interesting. thanks! have you checked ZenPhoto? this is probably the best Photo-software for web, but maybe your plugin works great as well. one thing I didn't find: collections.

    • 11. May 2007, 09:44
      Comment by Johannes
      Hi Marco - Thanks for your tip. Didn't knew ZenPhoto - Looks like a cool gallery solution as gallery2. As you may have read in the second sentence of the plugin description i didn't intend to program a gallery or WP gallery plugin. There are alot of very clever and cool gallery-solutions out there - But imho a gallery is NOT a photoblog.

      The original idea is: One image, one title, one description (Your photo should be worth that). Using RSS feeds, trackbacks and pinging aggregating-services like vfxy.com to interconnect photoblogs and photographers worldwide based on a stable and wide spread infrastructure: WordPress.

      greets from Salzburg!

      • 15. November 2008, 04:28
        Comment by de
        your comment about the photo blog has really struck a chord with me. I have zen photo and was trying to incorporate it and wordpress - I don't know much about code so this is a challenge to say the very least.
        your your comment is on point.
        the right picture is all you rally need.

        I think that I'll give this a shot, and by all means come back to let you know how I feel about it.

  6. 11. September 2006, 07:48
    Comment by Dever
    Will give it a go as soon as I will have my website up and running again :)
  7. 24. September 2006, 17:54
    Comment by Peter Boyd

    Very nice, we are using it on www.lmase.info web site for an upcoming conference. Only thing that would be interesting to have is a batch upload of photos. But very nice.

    Nice to hear from another user - As stated in the forum, i'll think about the multiple-upload-feature after releasing a non-beta release.

  8. 17. November 2006, 17:47
    Comment by Rob
    Brilliant idea - I'm just getting started with a photoblog so this will help me along the way.

  9. 29. November 2006, 22:28
    Comment by David
    Hi Johannes: This looks like an interesting project. Do you plan to add the ability to post by e-mail? (Or do you think it will work with the Wordpress plugin Postie? I haven't investigated it enough to tell how your software works.)
    If you do add post-by-mail features I would suggest including the option to have the post time be set to the time that the photo was taken (via EXIF).

    Hi David - Didn't think about that yet. Since i had some major website relaunches at my company recently, work on YAPB suffered a little bit. I'll investigate that when i've time again. The post-date-from-EXIF solution already works though if you post an image regulary. Just give it a try ;-)
  10. 6. December 2006, 14:08
    Comment by chelsea
    Danke für dieses Plugin. Es wäre besser, wenn Sie ein Feld für ALT Text einricten kannst.

    Hallo Chelsea - Das hat auch Frank hier in den Kommentaren gefragt. Grundsätzlich kannst du mit sogenannten benutzerdefinierten Feldern und etwas Arbeit soviel Informationen dazupacken, wie du möchtest. lG aus Salzburg, Johannes
  11. 10. December 2006, 08:32
    Comment by pood

    Is there anyway to setup YAPB to display current day's thumbs?

    I'd like to have it so

    there's an large image

    and below are other thumbs from today. I figured out how to get links with get_links, but I don't think there's anyway to display thumbs instead.

    Hi pood - Please have a look at the forum - There are several code snippets explaining how to get the YapbImage object if using WordPress functions where i don't have hooks to insert it.

  12. 10. December 2006, 18:10
    Comment by Rupert

    Hi im wanting to change the plugin a bit so that on the archive page it only shows the thumbnail and the permalink title/date posted etc, rather than the post aswell, do you understand?

    So I want to remove the_content, but keep the thumbnail on the archive page…

    How can i Do this?

    Hi Rupert - You won't have to change the plugin code to achieve this - Just read the "how to adapt your theme" section and code your templates accordingly. And yes - I understand ;-)

  13. 18. December 2006, 08:51
    Comment by DaRoiT

    Hey!, I was looking at your screenshots….where did you find a plugin for having this amazing text editor??!!, it looks like MS word!

    I need it.


    Hi DaRoiT (Hope i spelled your name right ;-) I use an excellent plugin named EditorMonkey - It doesn't get maintained or supported any longer though.

  14. 19. December 2006, 04:03
    Comment by DaRoiT
    Thanks!, I will try it , just know.

  15. 31. December 2006, 21:28
    Comment by Sergio
    Hi there,

    I notice that when I click on your screenshots the enlarge very nicely. Is that a plugin your are using to do that?
    If so, can you tell me where you got it?
  16. 31. December 2006, 23:13
    Comment by Sergio
    Ok, I figured it out. It is called (ligthbox) and is a javascript.
    For anyone interested you can find the develper's web site here:

    and a WordPress plugin version of it here:

    It is very cool!
  17. 17. January 2007, 22:16
    Comment by 3stripe

    Wow, loving this plugin!

    I spent AGES looking for a decent Wordpress gallery plugin, but decided to approach the problem slightly differently, and post each image to it's own post - much easier to manage things this way… thank you for creating this plugin.

    Because I'm not running a photoblog in the normal sense, my only issue is with the ordering of the images - manually editing the timestamps to change the order is a bit time consuming. Any suggestions?

    Cheerio, 3stripe

    Hi 3stripe - Just untick the "post date from exif date" checkbox right below the file upload field. You can untick it by default in the yapb options pane.
  18. 19. January 2007, 21:18
    Comment by Paul Mitchell aka Libertus

    This kind of spam protection is very weak. When the answer to the question is "10" then the value of the hidden mcspinfo input is "6a0e5". I don't even need to know the algorithm - I just refreshed the page a couple of times to confirm the relationship.

    How is it working for you? I admire the simplicity.

    Actually, it's working quite good. There are still few spammers getting through - But that's a biig difference to before ;-) Maybe i'll take into the code to enhance the security a little bit. If you're interested: You may find the plugin here.

  19. 23. January 2007, 21:04
    Comment by theddy


    Your plugin beta 1.3.1 seems to have problems with the new WP 2.1 which was released.

    The editor in WP is broken by the field to implement a picture in post - the buttons "save", "publish" can't be recognized correctly.

    If I disable YAPB the editor has no problems.


    This has been solved with the beta 1.4 release. You may find more info about that in the forum.

  20. 1. February 2007, 00:13
    Comment by Martie
    Just wanted to say thank you for the plugin....It was easy to implement. :)
  21. 16. February 2007, 16:17
    Comment by Chris Abraham

    Hi there. I am about to install YAPB but I want to ask you first if this tool has integration with either GD or another server-based "photoshop" dynamic resizing tool? I didn't dig very deep but I am running through lots of them. Thanks in advance. I am assuming the thumbnail is dynamically-rendered.

    Hi Chris: For thumbnail rendering YAPB uses the phpThumb library, which requires PHP GDLib support and allows use of ImageMagick.

  22. 19. February 2007, 16:11
    Comment by Lyus
    Tag und Grüße nach Österreich- Tolles Plugin, habe es installiert und funzt super, weiter so, ein Link ist natürlich schon vorhanden!

    greets Lyus
  23. 24. February 2007, 00:48
    Comment by jim

    A photo blog with only one image max. YOU ARE A GENIUS! /sarcasm

    Hey - Thank you! Thought noone would ever notice that i'm a genius!

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