I've got a vacation rentals website that allows owners of properties to upload their photos to our website, but I've had nothing but trouble trying to find a reliable solution for an image uploading script.
We started with a basic PHP script, which was awful. Then we went with swfupload.org's product. It's very buggy..
I was wondering if anyone out there was a reliable solution that you think could work for me?
A large portion of our clientele is older, and not very tech-saavy, so it's got to be easy to use, and reliable.
I spent a few hours the other day trying to get a suitable script to this on a project of my own and eventually abandoned it. It's small scale so I have told my users to email the images to me in the short term. :(
Well, even a half-baked programmer can do a very nice upload program for you in short order, it is one of the more trivial projects. I suggest you find one to do this for you. It's one of the more frequently requested options for most of my customers. Most likely the free programs you're getting are fine, they just need tweaking by someone familiar with the language.
A good upload system should determine the upload directory, auto save or auto-generate the image and/or detail links, be able to read in basic site settings for scaling of uploaded images and thumbnails and perform scaling operations on the images on the fly, cover basic security settings (so they are not uploading virus files, only images,) and control how many images are uploaded, making it a hands-off system for both you as a site owner and the users.
Classic examples are perl-based uploading programs using ImageMagick for image manipulation or PHP uploaders using GD as an image manipulation program.