So You Want to Build a Photo Gallery…
Answered => “What are some tips for designing/developing a photo gallery admin area?” on Quora.
=> My answer…
Moi? Start where you just finished:
“Some examples are Facebook, Pinterest, WordPress, Instagram, etc.”
Find the best and most successful examples that you are aware of and dissect them. Make a features list. Grab screen shots and study those. Ask anyone you know how might have used them what they do / don’t like.
Once you understand the UI / UX then look at the code. Yes, I see: “I know how to technically develop a photo uploader.” In any case, study what the giants are up to and then stand on their shoulders.
Finally, test as you build. I’m not talking QA code testing. Obviously you should do that. I’m talking about putting your product in front of real users and not only asking them what they think but also watching what they actually do. Make adjustments to your product as necessary.
That said, be mindful to not over-react. That is, some people will be more vocal than others. They could in fact steer your product in the wrong direction, for the wrong reasons. In the end, the experience you’re trying to develop should be so great and so frictionless it should be forgettable.
p.s. If you haven’t done so already, check out “Demand Horizon” by Gerry Campbell. It is a solid and quick read on product development and such.