As frustrating and irritating as I often find Google and its services to be, it does have some good ones.
Such as Picasa.
One of my clients is a bar and restaurant here in Hong Kong and they often take pictures of parties and other events they hold.
Being in the F & B industry, the management and staff are not as comfortable with techie stuff as those who regularly work online are.
So I’ve set up as many things as possible for them in Google. Email is directed from their company email address to Gmail (I described how here), their events calendar is embedded from Google Calendar (see how here) and their image galleries are embedded from Google Picasa.
All that means that they don’t have to worry about accessing and updating WordPress – they can do pretty much everything they need to do through their Google account.
Setting up and embedding galleries from Picasa
So here’s how to set up an image gallery in Picasa and embed it into WordPress (or any site)
Activate Google Picasa in your Google account and access it.
To set up a new album click ‘Upload’:
In the screen that pops up click the ‘Create a New Album’ link:
Fill in the Album details and click ‘Continue’:
In the next screen browse to the images you want to upload and click ‘Start Upload’ when you’ve completed your selections:
Note – if you install the desktop version of Picasa on your machine you can select entire folders of images, making the upload process much more efficient.
Once your images are uploaded click the ‘Link to this album’ link:
You can choose either a link for an email or the embed code for a website.
Alternatively, if you prefer to embed a slide-show click the ‘Embed Slide-show’ link
In the window that pops up choose the options you want (size, inclusion of captions, etc.) then copy the embed code and click ‘Done’:
If you’re embedding your slide-show into a normal HTML page, paste the embed code into the page where you want it to appear.
If you’re embedding it in WordPress then select the HTML view and paste the code into the correct location.
If you have problems positioning the code in your page you may have come up against the WordPress HTML filters.
I use the Raw-HTML plugin on all WordPress sites I build and, by default, activate that whenever I want to embed scripts and other HTML in WordPress.
That will ensure you have complete control over the embedding and positioning of your gallery or slide-show
OK, that’s it,