One of the things we had to do for a recent client was a gallery and slide show of their organizations photos.

Pretty straightforward, yes? They were running wordpress and all I needed to do was find a suitable plugin that would provide the Gallery feature which would probably have a slideshow module as well.

That’s what we thought too, until we realized that the mysql database on the client’s server was of a lower version than what the wordpress plugin required. Since we did not have administrator access to the server, we could not effect an upgrade to the mysql database. And the client was clueless as to how to request it.

And when we coached the client into telling the host that we needed an upgrade, the client was told to wait until the host was ready. We’re still waiting.

In the meantime we relied on Google’s picasaweb slideshow feature to provide the required gallery and embedded slide show.


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