I'm wanting to update my site (which has blogs for me, my wife, our dogs as well as discussion forums on home cheese making and extensive image galleries on wild mushrooms and wildflowers of Colorado high country) to EE2.x.
I've tested this update offline and I think most of it will go well. We'll lose some functionality, but I've found replacements or can do without. (Still looking for an "on this day" replacement, see my other post.)
My biggest concern is the loss of the Image Gallery in EE2.x. I have many hundreds of photos archived in three galleries, most with meaningful titles, descriptions and even comments. This gallery has been the source of photos published in books on mushrooms and wildflowers because the images are well documented and easy to find.
Sure, I could migrate all of the photos to Flickr or maintain them natively in EE with Matrix, but that would mean manually moving hundreds and hundreds of photos and duplicating titles and descriptions, and likely losing the valuable comments.
So, I am wondering if there is a way to keep my EE1.x gallery "live" and available, while also moving the blogs to EE2.x.
Here is my thinking: create a new database and migrate EE1.x to that database and upgrade to EE2.x. Have my "main" site be EE2.x driven, but provide links to the old blog galleries still running under EE1.x.
Has anyone tried anything like this and what would you suggest as the way to manage the two sides in a single domain? (Root-level directory structure, how to set up index and path files, etc.?)
Of course, all this would be unnecessary if there was Image Gallery support in EE2.x. And, it has been rumored for a long time. Anyone know anything about that possibility?