I have a personal website that has been around for around 12 years, and has undergone several design iterations. The current design is one I really like a lot, partially because it's simple and straightforward and uses background images that I created myself from pics I took up at the cottage.
The current version of my site has a blog and a photo gallery. For the gallery, I use Gallery2 software, which was installable via CP. I was able to get the gallery incorporated with my design, but it's not perfect. "Friendly URLs" don't work, and support from the Gallery website is hit or miss. Many of the posts I've made on the support forum have gone unanswered, and many of the ones that were answered were done so in a very vague manner. Now they're up to Gallery3 now I think, and I've had horrible luck getting that to work within my design, so I stuck with 2.
As for the blog, it's actually an Invision Power Board install on another site hosted on the same machine. I basically coded some PHP so that when I make a post on the IPB board blog, I can choose a category that makes it show up as a post on my website.
This setup has had MANY problems.
First off, people would have to register on the IPB forum to be able to post replies to my blog entries, which isn't going to happen, so I have a reply-free blog. As such, my motivation to post is pretty low, because it makes it seem like I'm the only one looking at the site (and maybe I am). The other problem is that if someone wants to post a comment on one of my pics, they need to create a separate account in my gallery.
What I would like to do it find a blog package that also has a gallery feature; one that allows me to upload multiple photos in one shot, and one that would allow visitors to comment on both pics and posts. I also want something that fits into my current template (i.e. my header and footer), and I'm not sure if WordPress does that. I know WP has a gallery or three as an add-on, but beyond that I have little to no WP experience.
Any advice would be appreciated.