Computers & Technology,  Personal,  Plugins

I’m “Flickr”ing, how about you?

Several months back I popped a question to my readers… Flickr Pro or Gallery 2?. I got a good response with people pointing me to both sides.

For me the question remained unanswered until now.

Bye Bye Gallery 2

A month ago, I knocked off my photo album which was powered by Gallery 2. Gallery 2 is an amazing software, but I didn’t have the time to actually maintain yet another site. I wanted to have a solution where I let someone else do the dirty work of running the gallery.

Yahoo! Photos?

Since knocking it off I’ve considered two options, the first was Yahoo! Photos. I love the interface of the new Photos beta. I’ve got my Dad to host his pictures out there. The in-browser tool works perfectly in Firefox, IE and Flock.

Picasaweb?

About a week back I started using Picasaweb after the storage for free users was increased to 1GB.

Picasaweb is good. The software is well featured, however I faced a big problem uploading photos. It could very well be my connection, since I haven’t seen reports of it elsewhere.

No it’s Flickr Pro

The turning point to Flickr came yesterday when Flickr introduced Collections.

Honestly, the only reason I was reluctant to use Flickr was the inability to create sub-albums. Yes I know in Web 2.0, we use tags, but I like things of Web 1.0 like sub-folders and sub-albums!

Now, you can put several sets into a single collection upto five levels deep (I need to figure out the sub-levels).

I picked up a two year Flickr Pro account yesterday and have immediately started the tedious work of uploading my photos. Until I figure out how to embed the collections and photos successfully on this blog, you can access the photos at http://photos.ajaydsouza.info/.

 

WordPress Plugins

I’ve got my eyes on two plugins, viz. FAlbum and Photos-Flickr. I had an unsuccessful attempt at using FAlbum on this blog yesterday. I kept getting an frob error.

I like Photos Flickr from what I see so far, however, it doesn’t have the ability to display sets and collections yet. It is based on phpFlickr and I’m currently studying the code to see if I can extend the plugin. My limited PHP skills have been an hindrance so far.

What happens to ajaydsouza.info?

I was hosting my old album at ajaydsouza.info. I plan on building a site on that domain dedicated to me! (I’m a narcissist).
Jokes apart, it will be a one stop site where you can browse to the millions of profiles I have all over. Am also planning on making it a place to “frame” all my work so far.

Let’s see how that turns out… until then it is pointing to my new Flickr Pro page.

Btw, if you are on Flickr add Ajay D’Souza or Ajay DSouza or ajaydsouza to your friends list.

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19 Comments

  • Dean

    Ajay,

    One of the options that was left off (probably due to the fact that it is a more recent product) is ZenPhoto. I realize that it requires you to host your photos on your own website but I have enjoyed the fact that you can upload photos via FTP, archives (or zip folders if you prefer) or the more standard web-based upload. I have it available on my website by clicking on the Photos tab.

    It sounds like this might not be the right option for you, but I thought many of your readers might find it to be of value to them.

  • Ajay

    Looks good, but I was looking to not host the images myself. I have all my photos on a single folder and then backed up as well on another drive so I’m not worried about that.

    But, I will admit that zenphoto looks good.

  • Dean

    For what it’s worth, I ended up at ZP when Flickr angered me a month or two ago with their user accounts changes. I had been a Flickrer for a couple of years at that point and got sick of the changes post-Yahoo. Not that Yahoo is bad, and I realize that big companies eat little companies and make changes, it just got to be too much for me personally.

    Please note that I do like Flickr. 🙂

  • Ajay

    Funny as it may sound, the reason I’m comfortable with Flickr is because Yahoo! took them over!

    What are the changes that took place because of the takeover? except for the the userid login? I linked my Flickr account the moment Yahoo! took it over.

  • Michael

    I use a great flickr plugin (WordPress Flickr Photo Album plugin) that allows me to use random photos in my sidebar and presents a very nice photos page broken down by category. It even adds the one group I belong to.

    From the plugin site:
    \”The WordPress Flickr Photo Album plugin will pull in your Flickr photosets and display them as albums on your WordPress site. There is a pretty simple template provided, but you can customize the templates 100% to match the look and feel of your own site.\”

    The plugin is available here:
    WordPress Flickr Photo Album

  • Dean

    I think Thomas Hawk summed it up best here. I think, for me, I got sick of slowly encroaching limits that were creeping in on free users. I guess I could have paid money for the service, but that defeated the purpose for me. So I deleted my pictures and account instead.

  • Ajay

    @Michael, Thanks for the link Michael, the plugin looks good. Am going to give it a shot and see how this works out 🙂

    @Dean, wow, great move … Made perfect sense if you didn’t want to pay. The Flickr free account sucks big time!

  • Benedict Herold

    Now, I’m thinking of Flickr Pro as alternative to my Gallery2. I’m having much space constraint with my Gallery2 installation. If flickr pro has the ability to extend it to my domain. I would very well think about moving…. let me know your feedback with Flickr…

  • Ajay

    So far I love Flickr Pro. Yup, I like the idea of mapping the gallery to the domain. No service offers that yes, but that would be the ultimate!

  • Vijay

    I guess there are not enough photos for me to start up on flickr’ing anytime soon. But well, this is one thing to add to the \”future plans\” list. Gallery, I feel was a bit heavy. I was appalled by the size after decompressing it

  • Luna

    hey ajay! for someone who hasnt the remotest idea of what u guys are discussing..(barring the fact that i know flicker lets u upload n view images) can u plz tell me how to access ur gallery. I mite be sounding teribly stupid for asking this..but 🙁

  • Mark from Bloglyne.com

    Hey there guys – perhaps you can edumacate me on this here photo thingy… I cannot understand what practical use it has… is it for family and friends only, or are there some of you using flicker for business purposes?

  • Ajay

    It’s about maintaining an online photo album. Great if you want people to view your photographs.

    I wouldn’t recommend using it for business use, unless you can integrate Flickr perfectly into your blog.

    BTW, you need to write to Akismet. It keeps flagging you as spam, which is why you’re comments land up in moderation.

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