I think I will build my photosite from scratch. It will be like this this:
You see it will have only one column with a top menu. My question to this is, how do I get the photo category blocks on the frontpage. with links to thumpnail pages of every album. Also I will use only the forum and maby the chat not more for now. I think this will be a challenge.
You could custom build a block to extract categories for display or you could use comcode to iframe the zone for gallery categories I imagine. I think with ocPortal there is probably at least a half a dozen different ways to do this (or nearly anything) its all a question of level of effort and skill for some options as well as preference for others.
I am really happy to have you back Harry and glad you're finding ways to make ocPortal conform to your needs rather than switching to that pigwi stuff or whatever it was called. I think in the long run you and your users will be much happier.
A update to this story, with the right permissions setup, my members can also upload to the theme gallery groups also. With using different usergroups its possible to make some area's private, this is also for the forums (community).
So I can really say to potential new users of ocPortal, nothing is unpossible, but you have to try and look what you want to realize. For my it's a framework to build someting I need.