Flickr ending Share to WordPress option March 25th

For the full story: [Official Thread] Welcome back HTML Embeds! Goodbye to some sharing options.

The salient part is:

Secondly, we are announcing that we are deprecating the support for our built-in sharing options for WordPress [Ed: spelled in the original with a small “p”], Blogger and LiveJournal on 3/25. Deprecating features is never an easy decision, but we have seen that all of these services combined are now adding up to less than one percent of daily share volume from Flickr.

Which I understand to mean that this method will no longer be supported: (link to Internet Archive)

Meantime, the flickr HTML embed option is being brought to the “new flickr experience” in addition to the current iframe embed, which we cannot use here on

Of course, this does not affect the WP o-embed method of copying and pasting the link of the flickr image page on its own line in your post or page. Or at least I hope not!

Ocean Liner, SS St Paul
(HTML embed from the original flickr experience coming soon to the “new flickr experience” near you.)

Attachment Pages, Images and Carousels! Oh My!

Or: First the WordPress Gallery Had Attachment Pages, Then It Had The Photo Carousel. (But, really, it still has Attachment Pages.)

This is a bit of a “Red Pill/Blue Pill” post and assumes you have a good understanding of the underpinnings of’s image handling and the Gallery feature. Even if you do, you might want to keep headache relief nearby. After going down the rabbit hole, you’ll learn how you can use the Gallery feature to display your single images in the Photo Carousel.

Every image you upload to your site creates a corresponding Attachment page. You can check this out yourself by uploading an image directly to your Media Library and then clicking on the “View” link for that image in the Media Library.

Read the full post on Gallery-A Demo Blog

Official Gallery Widget-at last!

Imagine my delight today to find that has added an official Gallery widget that you can add to any widget area on your site (sidebar or footer). Have a look below to see the new widget in action.

While there’s no official Support doc yet, adding and using the widget is pretty straightforward. Just add it to a widget area, open it and select “Add Images” to choose images from your Media Library and create a new Gallery. Select which Gallery type you want displayed and what the images should link to and save. Couldn’t be easier!

Thank you!

(and Thank You Google Alerts!)

Update: The official Support document is now available!


Since I’ve been pursuing offline life, I came late to the announcement that flickr has re-imagined itself yet again.

The biggest uproar so far has been over the redesign. Navigation is a challenge, to say the least, and for the moment full screen viewing seems to be broken.  Another sore point is the loss of the Pro account, which gave users access to their visitor statistics. If you had a Pro account when the switch was made, then all is good. (Here’s the official flickr thread about the new account options.)

The change in space allotment now means that, even with a free account, all the photos you’ve uploaded should be available for viewing, as well as all your sets. This makes me particularly happy as all the sets I created while having a Pro account have returned.

Here’s an early flickr set I created of one of my favorite subjects. A brief explanation on how I embedded this below.

We’ve been able to embed flickr photos and sets since at least 2009, when oembed was introduced in WordPress. Simply copy the URL of the photo or set (not the flickr slideshow) from your browser’s address bar and paste it on its own line in your post or page. Make sure it is not an active link. If it is, use the “Unlink” button in the Visual Editor tool bar (the one that looks like a broken link) to remove the link. If you are trying to embed a slideshow, add show/ to the end of the URL.**

How big is a Terabyte of storage space? Let’s compare it to  Each user currently receives 3 Gigabytes of free storage. The Space Upgrade prices, as of today, are:

10GB Space Upgrade: $20.00

25GB Space Upgrade: $50.00

50GB Space Upgrade: $90.00

100GB Space Upgrade: $160.00

200GB Space Upgrade: $290.00

This site has been on since December 2007 and so far I’ve used 2% of my available 3GB storage space. Optimize! Optimize! Optimize!  Remember, it’s not only about storage space and preserving quality of your images, which are important, it’s also about how long it takes for your page to load for visitors.

Jury is out on the new Android app, which I’d been waiting for. I’m out of space (sic) on my smartphone!

**If you need or want your site to be entirely mobile friendly, then the oembed method is not recommended. While I have not been able to test this on all devices, on my smartphone the above flickr set was MIA.

Related Links:

For those of you who want to embed the official flickr flash slideshow, Panos has written up a tutorial on using the gigya shortcode:  The gigya shortcode 2 – inserting Flickr slideshows Do note, however, that there is no longer a need to “enable autoembeds” as this option is now missing from the Media Settings.

Comments and Images

One of the lesser-known improvements (to me, anyway) that implemented at the end of November 2012 was the ability to manage Discussion Settings on images, in addition to Posts and Pages. As a result, you now can allow or disallow comments and pingbacks on images almost as easily as “Likes” and Shares”.

Comments are enabled by default on your site globally (under Settings>Discussion Settings>”Default article settings”), meaning that commenting is available on Posts, Pages and images, whether in Attachment pages or in the Photo Carousel. And, of course, if you’ve disabled commenting globally on your site in the same Discussion settings, then commenting will be disabled on images as well.

Thanks to the Discussion module, which has been available for a long time on the Post Editor or Page Editor screens, as well as newly available in the Edit Image screen, you can fine tune even further where visitors can leave comments.

Discussion Module
Discussion Module

Enabling or disabling commenting on individual images can be managed either in the Media Manager screen or from the Media Library. If you are in the Media Manager, click the “Edit Image” link or from the Media Library, click the “Edit” link.  Remember to click the “Refresh” link or the “Update” button if you make changes.

Media Manager
Media Library

If you don’t see the “Discussion” module in the Edit Image screen, click the “Screen Options” tab in the upper right corner of the Edit Image screen and check the box next to “Discussion” and the module should appear.

Another subtle but very welcome improvement. Kudos!