I have 500Gb of family photos on a portable hard drive at home, I want to browse them online (website or app) and most importantly easily tag them as I view, so I can quickly find them again next time.
Sites like Flickr or Imgur are probably ideal for this, but I tried uploading some photos and it took me literally months for just 10% of the total images I have, with frequent timeouts and re-uploads required, including typing all the folder names and privacy settings for each batch.
What do I need to serve the images from where they are in directories on my home system via the web? I essentially need a locally installable clone of Flickr. Features like generating thumbnails or low-res images for fast access would be great.
Let's say I have a budget of GBP£300 for software/hardware. Does off-the-shelf ready-to-use software for this exist or could I commission some?
I would like it to easily installable, I prefer not to spend hours downloading dependencies and configuring a software stack, e.g. for a wordpress gallery. but this is not a dealbreaker.
UPDATE: I would consider buying custom hardware, e.g. a server running linux or some kind of smart NAS if there's a good solution for that and nothing suitable for Windows.
UPDATE: The machine will be kept always on and connected, to act as a webserver. It's just for private use so if it accidentally goes down it's not a big deal. User management for access would be nice but it's not critical.
UPDATE: Let's assume that my ISP's term & conditions, and bandwidth are suitable for this purpose.