So that was yesterday….
Excuse the video….it was a little 80’s I know, anyway since editing the images from my little jaunt to the lakes I have found my self lost for words. That will be a first I can hear my wife and countless others say.
I have been trying to get my head around this “WordPress” blogging but only one particular part of it; Inserting links and slide shows. Many of my posts are photography related as this is my hobby and I love to share my images, after all why not? I love it and love to share it. I hope you love reading it too. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I cant do it. Inserting a link is easy. The problem I am having is getting the result that I want.
Here is the issue. I wanted to find a way I could include a Flickr set (Thats a set of images, for example : http://www.flickr.com/photos/lbaviation/sets/72157632997452722/ ) in a post so that the reader could refer to all the images from the day rather than the selection I chose to upload to the blog. Follow me? Well, In a nutshell I cannot find anyway to include a set in a current post. The only way to do it from Flickr is to share the set and then you end up with an extra post on the same subject as you cannot upload it to an older post. You will have noticed this if you look at my recent posts as some appear to have the title duplicated. It’s not duplicated, it’s just a separate post for the link to the images.
I couldn’t think of any other way of doing it other than maybe preparing something in Lightroom like a contact sheet and inserting it into the post as an image file with a hyperlink. This was all ok until I discovered that WordPress allows you to insert a slide show automatically from a Flickr set. Yes it does….wow eh? Its easy too.
If you take a look at my post entitled “Remember the Olympics” here you will see that half way down there is a small slide show of some images from the day. These images are sourced from my Flickr account and the data comes from the set itself. The instruction I found on the www suggests that just by inserting the web address of the slide show from Flickr will then instruct WordPress to put the slide show in your post. I copied the link of the slide show and pasted it in, they insist that it shouldn’t be a hyperlink, just the plain text. Then Flickr and WordPress do the rest. Low and behold it actually works. Oh this is fantastic I thought, now I don’t have to do double posts every time I want my images to accompany my ramblings.
Well, that was ok until yesterday. I was writing up my latest post for my Lakes jaunt and I decided to include a sideshow of the images so I inserted the link as text only, no hyperlink formatting (as instructed and as I did before) …… guess what? It didn’t work. All that WordPress did was convert the text to a hyperlink. This is not how I saw this going. I just couldn’t get my head around it, I pasted a link from another set on Flickr and it worked ok. What on earth was going on? Anyway, after playing around for what seemed like hours I eventually just gave up, converted the text back to a hyperlink and left it at that.
I woke this morning, slung a camera over my shoulder and headed out to see if the weather forecast from last night proved to be accurate. It was dark at 6:00am, very dark. actually. Looking out of the window I could see a faint glimmer of sky gracing the horizon so I went with my instincts and put my shoes on. All was not to be. The clouds rolled on and despite a nice reflection looking over Yeadon Dam the sun had no impact and a colourless sky was shrouded in very low dark cloud. This was when I had an idea. Maybe the problem with the slide show was not Flickr and maybe it could be WordPress that didn’t follow the link. After an hour searching the archives of the web I finally found the answer. Someone has very kindly posted some code that allow you to manually insert a Flickr Slide Show in a post. Below is the code, the text in RED BOLD is what must be changed for each set you insert.
As you can see, you can ever specify the width of the show. If you are unable to read or follow this clearly then just click the image above and it will take you to the site “WordPress Tips” Using this code will enable you to tailor it to fit your columns within your blog. I hope this works for you, as it worked for me. Check here
As a footnote….do you know how difficult it is to quote WordPress code in a blog. All I wanted to do was show you the text. That’s simply because it wont show the code, instead it tries to execute it and only shows a black rectangle. So because of this I copied the code in to a blank JPEG file in Photoshop and inserted it in a an image. Thanks for reading.
Posted on March 17, 2013, in Blogging & Wordpress, Computer & PC, Flickr and tagged adding code, flickr slideshow, insert flickr slide show in your blog, wordpress. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.