Thursday, August 7, 2008

Weekly Widget: Add Flickr Photos to Your Blog

If you're a Flickr user, there are a multitude of tools and gadgets just waiting to entice you. If you're also a blogger, you're in luck, because several of them were created just for you. Here are three widgets that allow you to create slideshow galleries of chosen Flickr photos in a flash (no plun intended) and place them on your blog.

The Flickr badge is an easy widget for those of you who use and use your blogs to keep friends and family caught up. It's quick, but it's much less customizable than the tools below. This is also the only one of the three tools here that takes the reader directly to your Flickr photo stream when she clicks a thumbnail. Here's how to set up a Flickr badge:

First, choose from html (left, below) or flash (right, below):

Then choose whether you want to use all of your photos or just those with a certain tag. Going forward you could even tag photos you want to show up on your blog with a special tag, like "blog" so they'd show up automatically. After that, you'll choose background, text, links and border colors. One more click gets you to the code you need to paste on your sidebar.

If you'd like a little more flexibility in terms of number of photos shown, timing and layout, try Badgr, a "flash-based badge that allows you to display your Flickr photo stream." Note: I could not get this one to work on my sidebar, but as you can see it works just fine within a post. Here are my photos displayed using badgr:

Pictobrowser has a very smooth interface. It's really easy to customize the width and height of the widget. Pictobrowser spits out html, so placing your widget on a Blogger sidebar is no problem. Note: There's is a minimum width of 190 px., and if you make the widget small, you may get some strange cropping, as you can see below. This would be a great widget for a footer or very wide sidebar or column.

More tools:
Flickr badge plugin for WordPress
Pictobrowser plugin for WordPress
Mosaic Maker

Further reading: Flickr Toolbox: 100+ Tools for Flickr Addicts (Mashable)