How to post your Flickr photographs on WordPress

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(2019 update. Flickr was adquired by another company and free accounts are limited to 1000 photographs. They are very reasonable about the reasons. But in relation to the photographes I posted… I had to get time to resize them and using the storage of WordPress. I could leave one thousand photographs here and in Flickr but it would not be a good idea in the long term. I am leaving online this method if you want to use this method for your WordPress)

WordPress gives you 3GB of storage to upload photographs. Sounds a lot but it’s not, I don’t have time to resize my thousands of photographs and I post a photograph every day, and one day a week I post longer articles with several photographs to illustrate travels or ideas. Today I’ve in Flickr 32GB of photographs. I can’t consider to purchase a professional WordPress to get more storage because it’s just a hobby and it would horrible if some year I couldn’t pay the annual fee and suddenly my readers just would see black images.

My solution: storage my photographs in Flickr (it makes it for free) and share the links here.

The result: after more than five hundreds posts I’ve only used 17MB of my 3GB. Almost nothing.

How to do it:

1.-To the photographs previously updated left click in the arrow, that’s the button to get the links

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2.- In the menu that is going to be displayed select BBCode and the size you want to publish on WordPress

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3.- Grab just a part of the resulting link. Otherwise you’re not going to get option to add caption and a link

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For example. The complete link would be: [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]How to post c[/url] by [url=]Francis. R[/url], on Flickr

You have to paste just the highlighted part. I call it the second body of the link. Flickr doesn’t support an easier way to share (as I want) photographs to WordPress so I had to use several trial and errors until get this method.

4.- Open the option to add photographs in WordPress

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5.- Paste the fragment of the link I indicated and fill the optional data if you wish

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Sometimes when there are several photographs I type the captions to each photograph. When the caption is the title then I leave it in blank. Optionally you can add a link so you can direct the photograph to the full screen version in Flickr. If you don’t want to do it then this is your last step. If you want to do it then see the next steps.

6.- To set a link to the photograph first in Flickr make it full screen and copy the link of the web browser

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7.- Paste the link in the post and end clicking “Insert in post” option

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And that’s all! I hope this little manual can serve you ;-)

Smugmug and Flickr: How they render in posts.

(Editing 2019, I am so sorry dear readers. Flickr changed its politic, with good and respectable reasons, and free accounts are now limited. It will be prudent to not using it. I am not deleting the post for it can be useful as a memory)

First a disclaimer, I have not connection with Flickr and Smugmug. I have accounts in both services, in the case of Flickr it came with the yahoo account and in the case of smugmug I subscribed with a monthly payment from my own money. So this is my opinion, not advertisement.

Before to start to publish daily here in WordPress I wanted to publish my photographs. I took my time to process my photographs till to match my vision. So I want that you can see what I try to show you, dear reader. I started with Flickr because it’s free and from a serious company, but I notice that my photographs have a sharpening I didn’t put in them. I can’t find how to avoid or revert this, because it makes my photographs different. I tried Smugmug and it renders better to my expectations. I don’t say it’s better for you, but to my needs and goals certainly it is. Said that if you have an answer to my question about the flickr sharpening I’d love to read it, because I am not photographer so certainly I don’t need a sophisticated service, just one that show my photographs the same way I intend them.

First the Smugmug version:

(I’ve no more a Smugmug account)

Now the Flickr version, actually I am not very sure how to post a link from Flickr so I am using two links provided, the first seem more accurate but anyway it is a bit different from my original archive and the second is definitively with artifacts (see the burned ichu or grass in the bottom left):

(Here there were images)

I don’t know what it’s going on, certainly I’d prefer the free Flickr service but I cannot get to publish the images the way I want. I know that I could let them in Flickr but then again I don’t want to publish in Flickr but in WordPress because my interest is not just photography. I couldn’t find clear information to how to post from flickr to wordpress, there are three options but when I select any of them it’s┬ánot integrated to put a title as I did with the smugmug version.


I’m so sorry for the lack of a comparative. In February of 2015 I couldn’t continue with my Smugmug account, it’s a high quality service and Flickr is too. You can’t go wrong with both and the difference in rendering is not important.