This is the second in an occasional series of posts on how I publish and manage this Web site.
Cute, right? My daughter used to put ALL of her stuffed animals to “sleep” by laying every one of our towels, placements and napkins on them as blankets. This Tweetie bird photo is one of our favorites from that era.
I plucked Tweetie from my Flickr stream. I plucked the fun photo below from my Facebook photos.
Photos and images help you tell your story and drive home your point. They make your words more memorable and help readers scan and digest content quickly (you’re not actually reading this post cover-to-cover, are you? You’re likely scanning).
Plucking photos and images from Flickr and Facebook for your WordPress post (or page) is seamless thanks to a few free plugins.
Not a photographer? Don’t worry. There are thousands of free-to-use photos on Flickr via the Creative Commons license. And yes, there’s a plug-in for that (keep reading scanning).
Here are three WordPress photo plugins I actually use.
Chances are you’ve uploaded photos on Facebook. Go get ‘em with this app! Remember, after you download the plugin, upload it and activate it, you STILL have to authorize the connection. Go to Settings>Facebook to authorize.
Once everything’s set up you’ll see a little Facebook icon in your WYSIWYG editor. Click on it and a window will pop up with your Facebook albums.
This gives you access to your own photos on Flickr – Favorites, Photostream and Sets. After uploading the plug-in, remember to authorize the connection. Go to Settings>WP-Flickr.
I couldn’t find this plug-in when I first installed and authorized it. When you’re crafting a post, remember to scroll down to see the plugin.
Photo Dropper searches for Creative Commons licensed photos – images that are licensed for shared use – and lets you drop them into your posts – right from your dashboard with just 1 click (it installs a little icon in your WYSIWYG editor).
If you are not familiar with Creative Commons licenses, among them are a licenses that let you use photos and content for free, as long as you give attribution. Photo Dropper will only search for photos you can use, and it drops in attribution automatically.
I did a head-to-head search test between Photo Dropper and the Flickr Web site (using the Advanced Flickr search with the Creative Commons filter checked). I found many more photos directly on the Flickr site.
That said, Photo Dropper is worth it as a quick first line of attack when searching for Creative Commons photos.
It’s important to remember that these three apps are a one-way street. They let you pluck but not post, purge or otherwise interact with the content.