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Alpine PhotoTile for Google Plus and Picasa

Stylish and compact plugin for displaying Picasa and Google Plus images in a sidebar, post, or page.

How do I find my Google Plus (Picasa) User ID or Album ID?

Since Picasa has been combined with Google Plus, Picasa photo albums are also Google Plus photo albums. This also means that there are different ways of finding your ID's depending on whether you start at the Picasa website or your Google Plus page.

Starting at Google Plus:

  1. Log into Google Plus.

  2. In the left sidebar, click "Photos". From the top menu, click "Albums" and then click on one of your albums.

  3. The URL address should now be something like:

    "https://plus.google.com/photos/112515131248168353825/albums/5828938068968925825",

    where 112515131248168353825 is your User ID and 5828938068968925825 is the Album ID.

Starting at Picasa:

  1. Log into Picasa.

  2. From the list of photo albums, click on the one you want to show.

  3. The URL address should now be something like:

    "https://picasaweb.google.com/112515131248168353825/NewMexicoSummer2011",

    where 112515131248168353825 is your User ID and NewMexicoSummer2011 is the Album ID.

  4. (Optional) If you click on the "RSS" link on the right side of the page, you will arrive at a url similar to:

    "https://picasaweb.google.com/data/feed/base/user/112515131248168353825/albumid/5828938068968925825?alt=rss&kind=photo&hl=en_US",

    where 112515131248168353825 is your User ID and 5828938068968925825 is the Album ID. Here the Album ID is shown as a number rather than text, as in the Google Plus example.

How do I set a photo album to public? How do I change my privacy settings?

Since Picasa has been combined with Google Plus, Picasa photo albums are also Google Plus photo albums. This also means that there are different ways of changing your settings depending on whether you start at the Picasa website or your Google Plus page.

Starting at Google Plus:

  1. Log into Google Plus.

  2. In the left sidebar, click "Photos". From the top menu, click "Albums" .

  3. Near the top left, there should be a button labeled "Sharing Settings".

  4. Make sure the album you want to show is set to Public and is unlocked.

Starting at Picasa:

  1. Log into Picasa.

  2. From the menu near the top of the page, select "My Photos".

  3. Above the left-most photo album should be a link labeled "Edit Visibility".

  4. Make sure the album you want to show is set to Public.

I'm getting the message "Google Plus (Picasa) feed was successfully retrieved, but no photos found". What does that mean?

This message simply means that while no distinguishable errors occurred, the plugin found your feed to be empty.

I'm getting the message "Google Plus (Picasa) feed not found. Please recheck your ID". What does that mean?

This message can mean two things. First, it can indicate that the username or custom url were input incorrectly, causing the feed to fail. In this case, you should try to correct and re-save your IDs.

Second, this message can also mean that the server your WordPress site is being hosted on has prevented the feed from being retrieved. While it is rare, we have encountered web-hosts that disable the feed fetching functions used in the PhotoTile plugin. If this is the case, there is nothing we can do to override or work around the settings on your host server.

Can I insert the plugin in posts or pages? Is there a shortcode function?

Yes, rather than explaining how to setup the shortcode, I've created a method of generating the shortcode. Check out the Shortcode Generator on the plugin's settings page ( Settings->AlpineTile: Picasa & Google Plus->Shortcode Generator).

Why doesn't the widget show my most recent photos?

The plugin caches or stores the Google Plus (Picasa) feed for three hours (see Caching above). If the new photos have still not appeared after this time, it is possible that Picasa is responsible for the delay.

How many photos can I show?

As of version 1.2.0, up to 100 photos can be retrieved and displayed.

If you have any more questions, please leave a message at the Alpine Press. I am a one-man development team and I distribute these plugins for free, so please be patient with me.

Requires: 2.8 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.8.3
Last Updated: 2014-1-24
Downloads: 16,698

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