Flickr Photo Hosting & Posting

Following a posting on David’s authorblog site, I decided to explain how I use Flickr to host most of my photos.

The things I like about Flickr are:

  • You can specify on Flickr the copyright conditions for sharing images (I usually select ‘some rights reserved‘ as a default, but will specify full copyright on those special images). More information about Creative Commons licensing can be found here.
  • Images are automatically resized to a variety of standard sizes that are usually suitable for posting to my blog.
  • It hosts unlimited photos (you may be limited by the number you can upload every month on free accounts, but there is no limit to the amount you can store).
  • It provides unlimited bandwidth on photos provided you link the photo back to Flickr (which happens automatically if you cut and paste the code they provide).
  • It has automatic code generators for inserting html into your blog posts.

This post will not explain to you how to upload files into Flickr. If you need to learn more about that, I suggest you use this page for getting acquainted with Flickr.

I am assuming that you have some images/photos already uploaded.

When you are logged in and looking at the photo page of the photo you wish you use, you should see a small set of icons above the photo itself.

Flickr icons

I use the ‘All Sizes’ button, which gives me some flexibility over how my image/photo appears in my blog. You can configure your Flickr account to post directly into your blog, and this works quite well with WordPress and Blogger, but I prefer the all sizes method as it allows me to choose the size that I insert into the post, and where it appears in the post.

Once you click on the ‘All Sizes’ icon, you will see something like the image below, which gives you the opportunity to choose the size of the picture that you wish to insert. Flickr automatically resizes the images to these sizes when you upload, so most of the hard work is done for you.

All Sizes

As you can see above, you can get html code which you can cut and paste into the html code of your post.

I usually switch back to the editor view (not the code – the word processing style view) and do any centering and other formatting that I want.

This is not a strictly step-by-step tutorial, but hopefully it will give you some ideas for including pictures from Flickr.

Comment posted by david mcmahon
at 6/20/2007 4:35:00 AM

Hi Steph,

Very useful info on this post. When I’ve finished my novel and am ready to catalogue my images, I’ll lean on you for Flickr advice.



Comment posted by ozlady
at 6/20/2007 6:33:54 AM

Hey David,

No problem, and don’t forget to upgrade your Flickr account – it’s worth the US$24.99 per year!


Comment posted by Cuckoo
at 6/20/2007 10:17:04 PM

Well, I am using Flickr for quite sometime now mainly to upload pictures for my travel blog.

You forgot to mention one point here. Flickr does not allow more than 3 albums for free accounts.
I found webpicasa a better option.

P.S.- This time I am trying to put the emoticon on a single line. Let’s see how it appears.


Comment posted by ozlady
at 6/21/2007 12:31:26 AM

Cuckoo – yes there are some limitations for a free account, but with the albums, I find this less of an issue with blogs.

If you are looking at sorting large numbers of photos into albums, then I recommend getting the upgrade anyway.

In terms of Picasa, I love Google and their products, however it’s a case of eggs in one basket, and I’m not willing to move everything over, especially as I am currently enjoying the community aspect of Flickr as well.

Thanks for your comments – they certainly are valid, and users need to consider their own needs for this sort of thing. I guess that’s why there are still so many products around that are viable and meeting the needs of their particular community!

:roll: As for the smileys – I still haven’t figured them out. I usually place them at the beginning of a paragraph!

Comment posted by ozlady
at 6/21/2007 3:10:50 AM

This just in… if you have a short term need to post an image on the web, you can use

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