Flickr Photo Album
The WordPress Flickr Photo Album plugin will pull in your Flickr photosets and display them as albums on your WordPress site.
- Display your Flickr photo sets as albums on your site
- Search engine friendly URLs
- Complete control over the look and feel, see below for customization details
- Show or hide your photos that have been marked ‘private’
- Flickr notes (Firefox only) and Flickr comments are supported
- Adds a new Photos tab for you to easily add Flickr photos to any blog post
- The new Photos tab allows you to filter your photos by tags, or to search everyoneâ€™s photos by tags
- Supports WordPress Widgets: Pull in your recent photos into your sidebar.
Ever since I signed up for a Flickr Pro account, I’ve been wanting to integrate my Flickr albums into my blog. I tried quite a few Flickr plugins. Some worked but not to my satisfaction, while others gave errors. I was recommended to this plugin by one of my readers, but had kept putting it off until today.
You can see that I am impressed considering I’ve chosen to review it immediately.
To begin the review, the installation process is straight forward but has several steps. Besides activating the plugin, you have to chmod the cache folder and then you need to create a Flickr API key and feed this to the plugin. You then have to authorize your blog at Flickr, so that you can read the images.
Once you finish this, you can choose the url you want the photos to be displayed at. I chose /photos/ which was kinda obvious and the photos started displaying instantly.
You can customize the photos page still further by adding a template page in your themes directory. I haven’t gotten down to this yet.
The photos page displays your latest album and also shows your older album. You can choose to customize the order of the albums as well. You continue to manage your photos at Flickr and the plugin will automatically fetch the new photos and albums. One good feature here is that the photos are cached so as to reduce the continues calls to Flickr.
You can also choose to display the photos in your sidebar if you have the WordPress widgets plugin. I don’t use it, so would be good to know how I can do this manually.
Besides displaying the photos, the plugin adds a new photos tab that lets you insert these photos while composing your posts.
The last good feature is the ability to display / hide private posts.
Things I would like to see implemented is the the new collections feature of Flickr, as well the ability to independently organize the photo albums into collections on the blog.
Are you using this plugin? What would you like to see?