The Flickr Thumbnails Photostream plugin makes including and linking to photos on a Flickr account simple and flexible.
|Author:||PlusNet Plc - Developer Responsible: James Tuck (Web Development Team) (profile at wordpress.org)|
|WordPress version required:||2.3.3|
|WordPress version tested:||2.5|
|Added to WordPress repository:||23-04-2008|
Warning! This plugin has not been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.
|Total downloads:||25 380|
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Admin Control Panel
All the main functions of control such as connecting to a Flickr account and storing information on the photo thumbnails, can be achieved through the "Flickr Control" GUI in the WordPress admin panel.
Any changes in current Flickr photo information/status can be immediately updated by clicking on the "Update Photos" button.
Users can choose to randomise the display of photos.
Running the relevant Flickr API function calls can sometimes take between 2 & 3 minutes to fully execute. All information is stored in a cache data held locally, so that it minimises the chance of performance loss on web pages.
The cache data is stored in the WordPress database and can store up to 500 images at a time. See below for further details.
If users wish to have regular/automatic updates of their photo information and status, then that is achievable through creating a crontab entry, or similar automation mechanism, to execute the supplied "runScript.php" file.
Specific styling using CSS
A CSS file is supplied to provide a starting point for displaying the thumbnails, but changes can be made to suit individual preference.
This is a screenshot of the Flickr Control screen in WordPress' admin panel - screenshot-2.png
This is a screenshot of the application running on WordPress' front page - screenshot-1.png
How does the plugin connect to Flickr?
It uses the PHP cURL library to connect to Flickr’s API.
Can the supplied plugin be re-styled?
Yes, as mentioned previously, a CSS style sheet is provided to give a basic layout for the plugin. Please feel free to modify this to your heart’s content to get the presentation you are after. However, this may require you to have some prior knowledge of HTML and CSS.
Is it possible to automate the photo updates?
Yes, we have provided a PHP file called “runScript.php” that is the file that should be run if you want to run an automated/scheduled update of your photo info. Essentially it performs the same task as clicking the “Update Photos” button but automatically.
Will I experience any permission issues with the data cache storage/usage?
No, the plugin has been re-designed to automatically save the data cache to the WordPress database, this should prevent any file/folder permission issues.
Can I choose not to use the randomise image feature?
Yes, there is an option in the admin panel to disable this feature. If it is disabled the latest images will be used instead.