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Photonic Gallery for Flickr, Picasa, SmugMug, 500px, Zenfolio and Instagram

Galleries on steroids! A stylish plugin for galleries of your public and private WP, Flickr, Picasa, SmugMug, 500px, Zenfolio & Instagram photos.


  • Shortcode integration with TinyMCE. Placeholders show up for all galleries, and clicking them lets users update gallery properties
  • Added support for non-bundled lightbox, Strip. There is deep-linking support, but social sharing doesn't work.
  • "Download" capability for LightGallery was not working in Firefox for Picasa, SmugMug, Flickr, Zenfolio, 500px and Instagram. Fixed for Picasa, SmugMug and Flickr.
  • Lightgallery showed a title in the lightbox even if "Show description only, even if blank" was selected. Fixed.


  • Added new "Slideshow" layout for all galleries, triggered by layout values strip-below, strip-above, strip-right, and no-strip.
  • Replaced jQuery Cycle with Lightslider - responsive, touch-enabled and smaller. Lost most transition effects as a result.
  • Modified the back-end to remove dependency on JQuery UI; different look, reduced size and load time. Streamlined Flickr options.
  • Added new "Getting Started" page in the back-end with links to documentation.
  • Added support for the Lightgallery lightbox script.
  • Added controls as an option for native WP galleries displayed as slideshows - shows "Previous" and "Next" buttons on the slideshow.
  • Added caption_control as an option for native WP galleries displayed as slideshows - shows the image caption at the bottom of the slideshow.
  • Added caption as an option for all galleries - helps pick the photo title or description / caption to display.
  • Added thumb_size and main_size options to all shortcodes. This overrides the settings in the back-end for individual providers.
  • Added Circular thumbnails option for WP gallery layouts


  • Fixed an issue that was causing the Flickr API to fail for old versions of PHP.


  • Added a "Load More" feature to shortcodes that display images.
  • Added capability to display a selected number of photos from SmugMug albums.
  • Added support for the Lightcase lightbox. Optimized CSS and fonts to reduce file sizes.
  • Fixed a bug with "Image Lightbox" wherein if interim popups were enabled, clicking on an image in the interim popup wouldn't show the lightbox.


  • Fixed a "Headers already sent" error for password-protected Zenfolio albums displayed "in page".
  • Fixed an "Event not defined" error with Swipebox on FF.
  • Added support for Image Lightbox.
  • Rewrote the Instagram extension, which was broken due to API changes. Multiple changes, now authentication happens in the back-end, but users require an "access token", which can be obtained from Photonic → Helpers
  • Due to Instagram API changes, some features such as popular photos, follows and followed-by capabilities have been removed.
  • Added options for lazy-loading of Flickr Collections.
  • Added a new "headers" parameter for Flickr, SmugMug and Zenfolio, where the album / set / gallery / collection header display may be controlled via the shortcode.
  • Added a new "Back-End Authentication" mode for Picasa / Google Photos to support the Google Photos API.


  • Added deeplinking support if Swipebox, Colorbox, PrettyPhoto, or Fancybox2 (not Fancybox) are the lightbox libraries. Nested deep-links currently show the correct album, but cannot open the correct image within.
  • Added social sharing support for Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for the above-mentioned lightboxes.
  • Fixed a SmugMug bug that was causing the album headers to show up twice.
  • Added a hook, photonic_modify_title to apply a different title for photos.
  • Fixed Fancybox styling issues for certain themes
  • Enhanced Fancybox2 support: added support for "Bypass popup", thumbnail and button helpers, and touch gestures
  • Added "Bypass popup" support for all included lightboxes, on by default
  • Added new SmugMug sizes to the backend options
  • In case an image has no title, and lightbox linking is disabled, the plugin will now not show the "View" text in the lightbox


  • Changed the SmugMug code to point to version 2 of the API, resulting in better performance, and improved support of titles, captions and highlight images.
  • Changed the format of the album parameter of the shortcode. It now requires only the album key. The older format still works, though.
  • Added new capability to support clicking of password-protected and authenticated albums in SmugMug
  • Added new capability to support clicking and display of password-protected albums in Zenfolio
  • Added new helper for Picasa to fetch Google Photos / Picasa album ids.
  • Added a "filter" option for the shortcode to allow for displaying selected albums / photosets / galleries / collections for Flickr, SmugMug, 500px and Picasa
  • Added a "loading" wheel to show that images are loading on the front-end.


  • Removed syntax that was causing errors in PHP versions <= 5.3.
  • Made a correction to the Picasa processor to support https in all cases. Previously https was being used only for authenticated users.
  • Added a new title style - slides up from the bottom upon hovering on a thumbnail.


  • Fixed a password-protection issue for SmugMug albums. Earlier password-protected albums would display only for authenticated users. Now, just passing the password attribute works.
  • Added support for site_password for SmugMug.
  • Changed load_textdomain to load_plugin_textdomain.
  • Replaced older fixed width popup panel with a responsive popup panel.
  • Removed options for displaying a fixed number of images per screen in the popup panel.


  • Changed the "gestures" script from TouchSwipe to TouchWipe, saving over 10KB of JS. The option to enable touch is now removed, as it is included by default for all libraries.
  • Added the "authkey" option to the shortcode generation script.
  • Added the "Text Domain" to the readme header to support translations on wordpress.org.


  • Added option for Photonic lightbox be used for non-Photonic images
  • Added support for "anyone with link" albums in Picasa, via the authkey parameter
  • Fixed an issue where a "." in the album id was causing JQuery errors


  • Added option to save CSS file, can be loaded for caching.
  • Added support for an additional "layout" attribute for the shortcode. Will take a value square, circle or random, can override the global layout.
  • Added support for "Random Tiled Gallery" layout for displaying a group of albums, photosets etc.
  • Added support to display all of one's 500px collections
  • Added gesture support for Colorbox, PrettyPhoto and FancyBox
  • Updated "wait for images" code to latest version, to facilitate getting the rest of the images when one image is blocked or broken.
  • Added capability to bypass the popup for PrettyPhoto; on by default.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing Fancybox, Colorbox and PrettyPhoto to fail to open images in a lightbox in the random tiled gallery layout.
  • Fixed an issue where the popup panel's lightbox was pulling photos from other popup panels
  • Fixed an issue with 500px to support new Galleries API, which replaces the Collections / Sets API
  • Swipebox would remove the title on mobiles by default. Added an option to address this.


  • Fixed an issue with applying borders and padding to "in-page" Flickr photos
  • Fixed an issue with Swipebox "bypassed popup panel" displays, which weren't supporting multi-line descriptions
  • Added new layout options, "Random Tiled Gallery" and "Circular Thumbnails", under Settings → Generic Options → Layouts
  • Fixed an issue that wasn't showing the last used screen on the options pages upon saving


  • Added Swipebox support for gestures on mobile devices
  • Added capability to bypass the popup panel for libraries like Swipebox
  • Corrected issues with Zenfolio displays. WP was corrupting the photoset ids for Zenfolio
  • Added helper for SmugMug to find album id and album key
  • Switched JQuery Tooltip to the default JQuery Tooltip script supplied by WP


  • Security patch - updated PrettyPhoto to latest version


  • Fixed Zenfolio API issues.


  • Fixed a problem with the Flickr helpers.
  • Fixed miscellaneous issues with SmugMug.


  • 500px API updated to accommodate the new URL formats.


  • Flickr API updated to use https instead of http, as per Flickr's transition plans.


  • Options panel was not working for WP 3.6. This has been fixed.


  • Added Thickbox support
  • Fixed an incompatibility between Photonic and themes from Themify.
  • Added capability to exclude passworded galleries from displaying for SmugMug.
  • Added support for alternative shortcode - specifying this will mean Photonic will not use the gallery shortcode


  • Massively refactored code. Several lines of JS code taken off, lots of PHP code modularized.
  • Added option to use a Colorbox skin defined in the theme folder
  • Updated SimpleModal, Colorbox and PrettyPhoto to latest versions.
  • Swapped the use of "live" for "on". This means Photonic needs WP 3.3 at least (since "on" was introduced in JQuery 1.7)
  • Removed the "View in Flickr" text from the plugin.
  • Ensured consistent behaviour with the lightbox title linking behaviour across all providers.
  • Introduced non-bundled lightbox support, with support for FancyBox2
  • Removed the modified scripts for FancyBox and ColorBox - now the original scripts are used.


  • Resolved a conflict between JetPack "Publicize" and protected access. The login box was not showing up.
  • Added the "ids" parameter to the shortcode insertion UI.
  • Added options to control thumbnail, title and photo count display in SmugMug album headers


  • Added Zenfolio support for public photos.
  • Fixed an issue with the shortcode generation for Instagram tags.
  • Added the 'photonic_register_extensions' action hook for registering more extensions.
  • Fixed some PHP notices that were showing up in debug mode when no options were set.
  • Fixed an option to prevent SmugMug album thumbnails and titles from linking to the SmugMug page.


  • Rewrote the Picasa processor to be DOM-based instead of event-based.
  • Added option to let users display the Picasa image title instead of the description.
  • Fixed a problem with Flickr Collections that was causing nested collections to display repeatedly.
  • Fixed a problem with Flickr Collections that was making the collections link to an invalid page.
  • Picasa thumbnails in the popup now have the same dimensions as those in the main page.


  • Added Instagram support
  • Gave Photonic its own menu item
  • Added some helpers to let people find their Flickr and Instagram IDs
  • Fixed a bug that was preventing Flickr Galleries from showing their overlaid popups
  • Added capability to display external links in a new tab


  • Removed singular check for 500px.com


  • Added support for 500px.com collections.
  • Fixed authentication problems in 500px.com.
  • Added capability to show a different number of photos on an archive page than on the page for a single post/page
  • Changed the Flickr API calls to be PHP-based instead of JS-based.


  • Removed some debugging statements.


  • Fixed a minor issue with the displaying of the login box for Picasa.


  • Added support for displaying single photos in 500px.com.
  • Added authentication support for Picasa.
  • Added more skins for Colorbox.


  • Changed some code so that not being connected to the web doesn't throw an error for 500px.
  • Fixed an issue that was preventing 500px photos from being shown on certain servers.


  • Added date filtering support for 500px.com. Thanks to Bart Kuipers (http://www.bartkuipers.com/) for the code.
  • Removed the included script for JQuery Dimensions, which was causing conflicts with other JQuery plugins. Dimensions has been merged into JQuery Core a while back.


  • Added search support for 500px.com, via tags and terms
  • Added new categories, sort criteria and capability to exclude a category for 500px.com


  • Made minor corrections to authentication behaviour. If not connected to the internet, Photonic was returning a fatal error.
  • Changed the wording for PrettyPhoto licensing. PrettyPhoto is licensed under GPL, and that is now explicitly stated in the options page.
  • Added the capability to include shortcodes inside the parameters of the gallery shortcode (nested shortcodes)


  • Added support for SmugMug password-protected albums where the user has access to the albums. Other albums show up, but clicking on them takes the users nowhere.
  • Fixed a bug that was killing the last thumbnail in a popup for SmugMug.


  • Added authentication support for Flickr, 500px.com and SmugMug.
  • Disabled the showing of password-protected SmugMug galleries.


  • Fixed a problem with handling double quotes in the title of Flickr photos.


  • Combined SimpleModal script with Photonic to save an HTTP request.
  • Deleted some redundant JS files.
  • Added support for a different default type.
  • Added support for single photos in Flickr.


  • Fixed a bug with the SmugMug processor, which was preventing the display of an album popup.


  • Fixed a bug with the Flickr processor, which was preventing the execution of the shortcode with a group_id parameter
  • Fixed a minor problem with the popup panels, where hovering over the panel titles was resulting in a Tooltip error.
  • The Picasa inserter was not showing the "album" field. This has been rectified.


  • Made a change to the Picasa processor to handle the recent change by Google. Google's change was forcing images to 512px.
  • Updated the plugin to support WP 3.3.
  • Fixed an issue with FancyBox that was showing server log errors for IE.


  • Added support for SmugMug
  • Modified the Picasa plugin to not display the file name if no title is found.


  • Fixed an issue with the 500px.com extension, which had to be changed to invoke HTTPS instead of HTTP.
  • Added support for the "sort" parameter for 500px.
  • Fixed an issue with the PrettyPhoto library where you couldn't see the "View in Flickr" link.


  • Added support for the PrettyPhoto JS library.
  • Added check for _wp_additional_image_sizes. This was causing errors for some people.
  • Fixed a bug with the thumbnail_width and thumbnail_height attribute of the plugin. The attributes should have been called thumb_width and thumb_height.
  • Added option to launch images in a slideshow mode.
  • Fixed a bug that was not accepting border settings for the thumbnails.


  • Added support for photos on 500px.
  • Modified the Colorbox invocation to fit in the browser window.


  • Added support for Gallery objects in Flickr.
  • Fixed an issue with the Picasa galleries where under certain circumstances users were getting a "Division by zero" error.
  • Fixed an issue where Chrome and Safari were showing an overlap of the slides over the rest of the content in native galleries.
  • Updated translation file.


  • Added a UI panel for insertion of Photonic galleries through the Add Media screen.
  • Restructured code for better extensibility.
  • Updated translation file.


  • Included a PO file for translation support.
  • Fixed a bug to prevent appearance of Photonic stylesheets on other admin pages.


  • New version created.

Requires: 4.4 or higher
Compatible up to: 4.7.2
Last Updated: 2 weeks ago
Active Installs: 7,000+


4.7 out of 5 stars


46 of 58 support threads in the last two months have been marked resolved.

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