I was having serious issues with the my old fractal site (www.palmpage.com/apop)
because of the large number of images and flames in the single folder and the large number of thumbnails displayed on a single page. Many browsers and FTP applications choked and things often timed out. So, I created a new one and linked to old one to it. Check out (www.palmpage.com/fractals).&nb…
The cool thing about it is that it dynamically updates the web pages whenever I want to FTP new images to it. This allows me to set up some automatic FTP backups of my fractal folders so that any new fractals (with parameters embedded) are backed up to the web site on a regular basis, the parameters are safe from people who don't have a login (which I will give out on request), each image page has the creative commons license clearly displayed, and the web site doesn't have to be maintained.
It uses free software available for download at Sourceforge (phpgraphy.sourceforge.net/)
and the folks on the help forum there at Sourceforge are very helpful in customizing the very easy setup. What you see on my site is the base install with a customized welcome message, header, and a modification to not display file names under each thumbnail. Other than that, it is right out of the box. I was initially hoping that PHPgraphy would display the embedded parameters on each image page (based on user security level), but alas it cannot read the parameters the the fractal images. I later found out that most applications and none of the web albums that I found could, so I decided to stay with PHPgraphy because it is so easy to set up and truly
painless to update. I've been around long enough to realize that if it is a pain to update, updates don't get done.
If anyone wants some pointers in setting this up, there are free and/or very, very cheap options to do something like this. My site, with more web space and monthly bandwidth than I could ever use, only costs $9 a month.