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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.

If I disable the plugin what happens to the galleries?

Obviously, your galleries will not show. However, since you are using the native gallery shortcode, you will not see any empty shortcode tags on your site.

When I insert a gallery through the Visual Editor, I see "No Items Found". Is the plugin working?

Yes, the plugin is working. Unfortunately to show the gallery in the visual editor requires non-trivial effort, particularly for a plugin of this complexity. There are long-term plans to support this, but it is not known exactly when.

My gallery layout seems to get messed up with random text showing up at various places. Are you sure the plugin is working?

Yes, the plugin is working. The issue you are facing is that you have another plugin (typically some sort of a lightbox plugin) that is modifying the markup generated by Photonic.

Of course, it would be easiest if you were to disable that plugin. If a lightbox is all you need, Photonic's lightbox can be used to display regular photos as well, from your admin dashboard under Photonic &arr; Settings → Generic Options → Generic Settings → Photonic Lightbox for non-Photonic Images. This will ensure consistency across Photonic and non-Photonic images.

However, if you really wanted to keep that plugin, Photonic offers a way out there too! For each provider (e.g. Flickr, Picasa etc.) go to the Settings page, e.g. Photonic → Settings → Smugmug → Smugmug Settings → Disable lightbox linking and set that option.

The plugin says it supports Picasa. Does it support Google Photos?

Yes, but with a caveat. Google Photos doesn't have a public API, and the old Picasa API remains. Google disbanded PicasaWeb in a giant leap backwards, by making it harder to find album IDs (resolved in Photonic through Photonic → Helpers → Picasa / Google Photos), completely eliminating the authkey capability of PicasaWeb (older Picasa albums with authkey still work), allowing the use of protected albums only for fully authenticated users (supported in Photonic through authentication), and making it almost impossible to make an album public (third-party workarounds exist, as documented here).

All in all, what doesn't work with Photonic in Google Photos / PicasaWeb doesn't work in standalone Google Photos / PicasaWeb even without the use of Photonic. The limitations introduced by Google are rather crippling, and make Google Photos more a walled garden like Facebook rather than an open field like Flickr / Smugmug / Zenfolio.

What about other photo-sharing platforms?

Suggestions are welcome for other photo-sharing platforms. In addition there will be support provided for the generic Media RSS format, which can facilitate integration with platforms such as ZenPhoto.

What about other JS libraries?

Currently Swipebox, Fancybox, Colorbox and PrettyPhoto are supported. Both lighter and heavier alternatives are being considered. If you have specific suggestions please feel free to contact the plugin author.

Note that there have been slight modifications to both the above scripts to make them interact seamlessly with JQuery tooltips.

Are there any known issues?

Authentication in Zenfolio is not supported (but password-protection is). Apart from that the plugin can handle pretty much whatever you throw at it.

Are translations supported?

Yes, but only for the plugin front-end. The admin panel is not translated at this point. Also note that any strings included in the third-party JS scripts are not translated.

Requires: WP 4.4 or higher
Compatible up to: WP 4.7
Last Updated: 2 days ago
Active Installs: 7,000+


4.6 out of 5 stars


10 of 13 support threads in the last two months have been marked resolved.

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