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Add Picasa Photos Using Photonic Plugin WordPress shows you how to setup Picasa to display your album to a post or page.

Important: Picasa is no longer supported by Google. You can read more about it in the following URL Picasa web.

Last Updated: October 30, 2019

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Please remember before you read this tutorial make sure you are familiar with Photonic setup and you know how to add a shortcode to your post or page. If you are in doubt read Add a Slideshow to Suffusion Theme Using Photonic from the menu below.

Important: If you are reading this tutorial is because you have a Google account set up.

What You Need:

  • Photonic
  • Suffusion Theme (Optional = I added this theme because it is developed by Sayontan Sinha. Both plugin and theme work flawlessly together.)

Add Picasa Photos Using Photonic Plugin WordPress

Note: Google has made some changes to the account especially to Photo Albums. What this means is that you need to carry out different steps to collect your user id and album id. I hope they can simplify this process in the future.

Before you go any further you might like to click on the following URL user-id-album-id-and-jsonrss-feed-url Google Photos. There is a group of people sharing ways to achieve this.

Step 1 ) Log into your Google Account and click on your image icon on the top right hand corner. Click on Google* Profile link as illustrated on the following image.


Step 2 ) Click on the following button Create a collection. This allows you to add some photos to this collection, which is like publishing a post. You can also add some text etc.


Step 3 ) Enter your collection Name, set the Visible to: option. Click on Create button once you have finished setting this up.


Add Album ID To Shortcode

Step 4 ) Once you have added your photos to the collection then click on one of the photos. Then look at the URL and it will display the album Id. See the example below.

[ id number/album/6337429269225650753/6337429268125137458?authkey=key entered here]

Step 5 ) Once you have completed the above steps, log into your website and set up Photonic / Picasa.

Go to Photonic -> Settings -> Picasa -> Picasa settings and add your Google Client ID and enable other settings. See the following image.


Step 6 ) To insert Picasa media to a post or page click on Add media button in a post or a page. See image below.


Step 7 ) Click on Photonic and then click on Picasa. See image below.


Step 7-a ) You will see the following list. Simply fill out and select the settings that suits your needs. Make sure you read the instructions next to each option you enable.

Picasa Options Settings

  • User ID (*)
  • Display
  • Album
  • Displayed Access Levels
  • Filter
  • Protection for Private Albums
  • Number of photos to show
  • “More” button text
  • Layout
  • Photo title / caption
  • Thumbnail size
  • Main image size
  • Slideshow Effects
  • Slideshow Controls
  • Time between slides in ms
  • Time for each transition in ms

Step 7-b ) If  you want to test to see if your picasa id is working correctly, add the standard shortcode below.

[ gallery type=’picasa’ user_id=’ type the user id code here’ ]

If everything goes well you will see your images displayed. If you don’t see your images go back to the beginning and start again.

Note: This will not add the photos added to the collection above as an album in your Google Photos section. That is because a collection is like a post. This might change in the future.


That is how simple it is to share your Picasa albums or photos.

I will be updating this tutorial from time to time. So keep coming back for the latest update.

If you have any question please let me know.


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Manuel Ballesta Ruiz is a web developer, Blogger and WordPress Enthusiast.

  6 Responses to “Add Picasa Photos Using Photonic Plugin WordPress”

  1. I don’t understand the instructions. I don’t understand what adding shortcode to a page is, nor what a slug is.

  2. Hi Manuel,

    Thanks for the excellent tutorial – I found it to be very clear. MY problem, however, is that the album I am trying pull photos from has been converted to Google+. The album slug is now a numeric string but the bigger problem is probably that the root is not PicasaWeb but I tried putting the numeric slug into the shortcode but it didn’t work; neither did using the full path. I would be grateful for any suggestions you might have.


  3. Manuel, before I consider using Photonic again, I’d like to know if alums still must be set to ‘public’? If so, do you know if there are any plans to change this so that you can include an authkey and have acess to albums with limited access?

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