Flickr Friday: Adding A Complete Flickr Album To WordPress

As I have just discovered this I am dedicating Flickr Friday to it even though it is a bit more of a Theory Thursday item. I found that it is possible to embed a complete album with navigation into WordPress from Flickr using their HTML iFrame code.

The way I did it:

  1. At Flickr, go to the album you want to embed from.
  2. Select the picture you want it to start at.
  3. Click on the share icon, select HTML as the code, set the size you want and set the radio button at the bottom of the share box as ‘Embed’ (not HTML).
  4. Copy the complete ‘iframe’ code.
  5. Paste it into position in your WordPress post or page using the text editor (not the visual editor)

Bang…embedded album with navigation! This one in particular if the ‘My Melbourne’ album I have created from my pictures around, you guessed it, Melbourne.

I assume it would also be possible to embed your favorites and galleries using this method but maybe that is one for next week.

Theory Thursday: Some Of My Favorite WordPress Plugins

The ProBlogger Event in less than a month so let’s talk WordPress. I now have four websites of my own running WordPress as the content management system along with a few others I have developed for other people and some more of my own sites in the pipeline. Finding good plugins to do certain jobs can life a lot easier. Here is a list of some of my favorite stand alone plugins.

  • Akismet – this one comes installed with WordPress and is great for comment spam handling. You do need to set up and Akismet account to use it and a personal account is free.
  • Google Analytics For WordPress – I have messed around with a few Google Analytics plugins for WordPress and this is my favorite. It seems to be reliable and roughly correlates to what Google Adsense says my traffic is.
  • Google XML Sitemaps – A simple site map creator so Google and others can see all your content easily.
  • TinyMCE Spellcheck – A basic spellchecker for the TinyMCE editor.
  • WordPress Editorial Calender – Great if your want to see how your days have been or will be covered with posts. Has been a little buggy recently so I need to see if that is ironed out.
  • Add Link To Facebook – I had been using WordBooker but support stopped for it due to some changes at Facebook. This is the best replacement I have found so far but it only allows you to post to one page or feed where WordBooker worked for two as standard. You can pay for it to allow you to post to extra pages though.
  • Quick Cache – One of the simpler cache plugins to use for WordPress and it seems to work well.

There are a number of other plugins I use depending on the website but those above are plugins I have installed on multiple WordPress sites.

I also noted that these are some standalone plugins I use. With one of my newer sites I had Jetpack installed as part of the install package my host provides. Jetpack is really a suite of many other plugins in one tidy package. You can turn each of the sub-plugins on or off and many of them have their own configuration. It does require a WordPress.com account for Jetpack to work.

Being new to Jetpack I am yet to unleash its full potential but I see that some of the elements in it have the ability to replace some of the standalone plugins I use. I may report back more once I figure out the Jetpack plugin suite.

 

A Post About A Quadcycle To Disguise A Plug-In Test

Here is a video of a full suspension quadcycle.

But I really just made this post to test a WordPress plugin.

Parking Your Melbourne Bikeshare Bike

I probably shared this here before but this post is to test a new plugin for WordPress. I had a problem where the plugin I was using, Wordbooker, ceased to exist. So here is a test of a new ‘WordPress To Facebook’ plugin, the name of which escapes me (and I could click on my plugins list but I just want this post done).

What’s Going On – 2nd Edition

Once again I have neglected my personal blog lately. I really have no excuse since I have a post calendar and easy content embeds in WordPress that should make writing quick posts and managing a blog quite simple. I will try harder and I have already started scheduling a few posts for later this week. Let’s see how long that lasts.

Over on Loaded Trolley we have been under the pump gathering data for a 12 week price survey. That has really slowed down generating content but we are somewhat back onboard to get some more posts up over there. Loaded Trolley is the project with the most traffic I have at the moment and I like the challenge it presents but it can be draining sometimes.

Rightly or wrongly I have started another blog called LivingRoomRaceway.com. It all started when I had this idea in my head about building a modular race track for my Losi Micro Desert Truck and other ‘micro’ scale RC cars. I toyed with putting the build on this blog but I really felt it needed its own platform. I only envisage it being a project that runs 6 to 9 months for the bulk of the work with occasional updates after that but I will see where it takes me.

And finally the last time a wrote a ‘What’s Going On’ post I mentioned doing some light painting. I did do a little and that is a topic for another post but I have bigger plans going forward for that…yes, another project to neglect in the fullness of time. I have finally gotten my camera back from being checked and serviced so I hope to get into that more light painting now daylight savings is over.

And now for my new oath. I do solemnly swear I will not neglect any of my projects I am working on. My health on the other hand could go either way, but if I can continue to ride to work twice a week and play inline hockey twice a week it might be in with a chance.

Blogging From Android

It’s been a while since I last posted here. I thought life would slow down after BMX nationals in May, but life just seemed to get busier. Well I have a little bit of time this weekend…no BMX, no major plans and a day off on Monday. So here I am, blogging from my new Samsung Galaxy S.

This is the phone I really needed a couple of years ago when I got my Blackberry. After a week with it, I highly recommend it to anyone looking at a new smartphone.

The phone runs on the Android platform which has been developed by Google. With the app store for it (Android Market) catching up with the Apple App store for content, this phone is a real contender when you put it up against the iPhone4.

One of the things I love about the phone is the Swype method of text input. When some people, often iPhone fanboys, see me using Swype they ask me what I am doing. I show them and they just have to have a go. They love it. In fact, this whole article has been written using Swype.

So there you go. Blogging from my Samsung Galaxy S. Great phone, great platform. Expect more blog posts from me on the go now!