The simpler media website CMS
After a few years of usage we now came to the conclusion that our Zenphoto site would benefit from a re-organization of the existing 350+ albums. Mainly because there are so many of them (~50) on the top-level of the site, but also because there is no predictable and/or coherent naming pattern.
While such a re-organization is manageable in Zenphoto we would be facing the immense task of adjusting all the external links pointing to our Zenphoto images and pages. So I was wondering if there was a smarter way to tackle this challenge than to simply rename/move the Zenphoto folders.
I know this is NOT a Zenphoto problem in the first place, but I thought you guys might have an idea or know of some approach someone has taken to change the structure of the albums while keeping legacy links working.
Some ideas I was playing around with already:
How would Zenphoto react to sym-links replacing the old folders that are pointing to the moved/renamed folders? Assuming they are treated like regular albums: Can those sym-link albums be set unpublished so they don't show up in the gallery/their parent albums? Would this double the number of images in the database?
Another idea I had was to move the folders and create .htaccess rewrite rules for the old names. Would this be enough for the legacy links created by Zenphoto to still work or are there references hidden in the database that would require an actual folder to exist while answering such a request?
Any input is appreciated! Thank you!