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Displaying And Maintaining An Image Gallery

Google has a lot of features, some well integrated with others, which give great value to their product. Starting of course with Blogger, which is where we are right now, they have numerous excellent and useful web content products, which can give you a pretty flashy web site.

One product, unfortunately, that they do not have is Flickr. That's a Yahoo product. And Flickr is where I will choose to host my image galleries.
  1. Setup a (free) Flickr account.
  2. Get and install the Flickr Image Uploadr.
  3. Upload a set of images.
  4. Setup a Flickr badge from the image set.
  5. Take the badge code, and drop it into an HTML / JavaScript gadget in your blog.
  6. Add a link to the slideshow for the image set (optional, to let your readers see the pictures in full size).


The Uploadr works independently of your browser, and lets you drag and drop the images that you want uploaded, into your account. For each group of images that you drag into the Uploadr, you can have them put into any existing or new set. The Uploadr will optionally resize the images for you, to any of 4 predefined sizes.

Once you get used to using the Uploadr, you can create or update a set of several dozen photos, and setup a slideshow for the set, in a few minutes.

The Flickr badge, which you've probably already seen on a blog somewhere, is a small, Flash based slideshow, randomly sequenced, of all the photos in a given photo set. It runs automatically and continuously, when the web site hosting it is displayed. When you are logged in to Flickr,
  • The Badge Setup generates the code for you in a 5 minute dialogue (you can choose either a Flash badge, or HTML badge, here).
  • Copy the code.
  • Paste the code into an HTML / JavaScript page element in the sidebar of your blog.
  • Save your blog changes.
  • Enjoy the admiration of the blog readers (at least those who haven't seen it before).


The Flickr slideshow is hosted on the Flickr website, and displays each photo in a set in a full screen display - with self hiding thumbnails, mouse over thumbnail magnification, speed, and forward / backward controls. You can hot link to the slideshow; I like to add a link to each slideshow under the badge, so my readers can see the pictures in full size.

All of these features, considered together, make Flickr my image gallery host of choice. I suspect you will agree with me, once you check it out.

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