UPDATE (25 August 2009): I have released the version 1.1.0 and made it comaptible with WordPress 2.8.
UPDATE: I have released 0.7.1 of this plugin, with this i consider it to be good enough for general uses, Please help me test it so that we can together release version 1.0 of this plugin soon.
I was fed up with the wordpress image uploader’s inability to properly resize the images. I was posting pictures of Rangpanchami in my office blog but image would just not resize properly.
So i decided to create this akWpUploader: alternative image uploader for wordpress which uses Flickr.com’s web services to attach images on the blog post. Initially i wanted to use rss feed that Flickr provides, but found it very restrictive so i went ahead to use flickr Api, which has been simplified by Dan Coulter who wrote easy to use phpFlickr wrapper class. This plugin is not meant to replace the original uploader but to complement it by providing additional missing functionalities. Their was a need for some such plugin as is evident from following wordpress feature enhancement request Idea:Image Handling.
How it works?
All you need to do is type your Flickr user id and it will fetch all the photographs that you have published on the Flickr, you click on the image that you want to insert into the editor, select the option for image size to include in the editor. It will take the title, description form Flickr and attach image from Flickr in the editor. Simple isn’t ?
I have cheated here Cheating, No More
Update : their is one more additional step involved now, you first select type the username, akWpuploader will fetch the tags and photo sets that you have created, once you select the option you can get the images from the Flickr.
How to install
This is very simple task, just upload the “akwpuploader-alternative-wordpress-image-uploader” folder to “wp-content/plugins/” folder, care must be taken to ensure that folder name is kept as it is.
Then go to plugins section of the website and activate the plugin and you are done.
This plugin shows itself when you create new post, just below the editor in wordpress 2.3 and below, It shows itself between Advanced options and categories in wordpress 2.5.
As it is a Beta release it may have bugs, it still lacks some features and it may crash.
- To choose the size that we want to display in blog instead of just small thumbnail that is currently being used
- Similar to wordpress uploader, ability to choose whether to link or not, and also to take user to wordpress blog page or directly to image.
- Ability to select image sets from Flickr.
- Ability to select images based on tags.
- Ability to clear the images from the selection
- Ability to specify your own details like title and description for a photo instead of using the one on Flickr.
- Ability to Upload the images to Flickr itself.
If you have any ideas that you want to see with this plugin please let me know.
Fixed : Just released a new version to fix the issues mentioned by matthew and kimharding in comments please help me test it further so that i can release a stable version soon.
Fixed : With release of 0.7.1, i have fixed the issue mentioned by kimchi39 in comments.
Update(5th July 2008) : Released 1.0.0 a stable version after lot’s of testing.
Update (25 August 2009): I have released the version 1.1.0 and made it comaptible with WordPress 2.8.