RIP HITS Galleries 2006-2019

It is with great sadness that I report on the future demise of HITS Galleries.  It’s not because I want it to go, but because it needs to.

You see, the software it runs on is old OLD OLD.  And the developers stopped updating it 10 years ago.  I’m still running this site on PHP 5.6 in order to keep the Galleries alive, but I need to upgrade to the current PHP version 7.2 pretty soon.  When that happens, HITS Galleries will no longer be able to run.

I’m giving you as much heads up as possible so those who wish to download their albums may have some time to do so.  Although I don’t have a deadline in mind, it will be sometime in 2019 for sure.

In the meantime, I am looking at other options and the only one I can find that suits my needs is SmugMug.  The downside is that it costs $4/month.  And ya boy ain’t making enough money off those Google ads to pay for it.

But I don’t want all that history to die, so I might have to do it.  We’ll see. This is the only place you can find so many concerts of Tally Hall, the only place where the Pingry EP images could be found (before people ripped off the watermarks and posted them elsewhere).  There’s sooo much history!

If you have other suggestions; other software that I could use, let me know.  But remember, there are so many photos, I need a place where I can just upload by folder or keep the folders on my host and let the software display them properly.

EDIT:  I forgot to mention… SmugMug doesn’t allow audio.  So all the audio files will have to be transferred to SoundCloud or something.

EDIT #2: If you haven’t noticed already, there’s now a new Galleries menu item with sub-items below it. I basically had to separate all the contents of the “old” Galleries and spread them across the galaxy. So now:

  1. Concerts/Fan Art/Miscellaneous Photos are in SmugMug
  2. Long-form audio like radio interviews went to YouTube
  3. Short-form audio like snippets, rare songs, and ringtones are on SoundCloud

2 thoughts on “RIP HITS Galleries 2006-2019

  • December 15, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    Can you make a public google drive folder? Maybe that isn’t what you’re going for but it’s free

    • December 15, 2018 at 8:46 pm

      Not a bad idea, but it’s not quite what I’m looking for. I have decided on SmugMug. Thank you!


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