It seemed easy enough – everything does in the tech world. Turned out Picasaweb is in the process of being taken to the slaughterhouse. I’m always late to the party, only signed up for it a few months back, thankfully. Google photos is the NKOTB.
As I’m running this blog on Redhat’s Openshift PaaS, I need to be careful that media uploads don’t destroy my 1GB storage limit. Thus using an image hosting service is a must, and I need one that can play nicely with WP, so I went with Picasaweb.
In battle, confrontation is done directly, victory is gained by surprise
Here are the hurdles I had to clear to get travel photos into the blog.
Make the album public
Seems easy enough, right. Nope. Google photos supports sharing with a link but not public albums, per se. At least not easily. There are a few solutions to be found here. I went with Picasaweb desktop app.
Get Picasa 3 running under Wine
I shudder when I need to rely on a Win app now. Wine is an imperfect science. Things went well until we got to the google sign-in stage. No dice. All the articles on the interwebs about this issue take the difficult approach of using winetricks with IE8 and some code repository ‘WineZeug’ with has moved to Github.
Downloading http://winezeug.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/winetricks_files/winetest.cat to /home/zeus/.cache/winetricks/ie8
--2016-08-18 09:56:28-- http://winezeug.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/winetricks_files/winetest.cat
Resolving winezeug.googlecode.com (winezeug.googlecode.com)... 184.108.40.206, 2404:6800:4003:c00::52
Connecting to winezeug.googlecode.com (winezeug.googlecode.com)|220.127.116.11|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 404 Not Found
2016-08-18 09:56:30 ERROR 404: Not Found.
To cut a long story short, it’s a classic example of thinking about the problem at hand. This is a Windoze app. Pop quiz – where are settings stored. Did I hear someone say the registry? Aha! I can’t take the credit but the solution is elegent, as it should be. Give this man a cigar.
That’s why it’s a must IMHO to run some type of virtualisation s/w. I like Oracle Virtualbox. Makes solving problems like these much easier – and some stuff will just not run under Wine (or is flakey)
Get the photos into WP
I looked at a few different plugins:
I went with Shashin, that is to say I got it working. Couple of things you need to do:
- Edit the ShashinDatabaseFacade.php file. See this post The plugin will then activate.
- When adding the photo album into WP you will need to reformat URLS into the format https://plus.google.com/photos/uid/albums/album_id Read this
- With the album in WP you are good to go with shortcodes. Read all about that at the developers website.
JIG looks impressive. When I can scrape 30 bucks together I am so owning it !
Having said that Shashin is doing exactly what I wanted. Let’s hope Google don’t make further API changes and break the bloody thing beyond repair. (the plugin is no longer being maintained)
Just another day at the office.