This lesson will show the steps involved in getting a slideshow into your Joomla site, using Flickr to upload organise and store your images.
Log in to, or create an account at Flickr.com
Upload your images to Flickr
Once logged in to your account you need to upload your images that you’d like to appear in your slideshow.
The next window will have a large link called “Choose photos and videos”, this link will take you to your computer hard-disc navagation window. Navigate to the images on your machine. ** you can select multiple file by holding down the Shift key and select more files**
** Important Note ** select “Public” from the Privacy settings before Uploading
Organise “Sets” for slideshow
Next you’ll need to organise your images into sets, each slideshow will need a seperate “Set”, these are similar to collections or galleries
Create a new set
Select “Create a new set” then give your new set a name, ideally relating to the topic or page title that you’d like the slideshow to appear on. As it says on the page, “Drag stuff here to add & also drag them, around to re-order them”
** To remove images from a Set, simply drag the image down back into the Content bar at the bottom of the page
Once you are happy with the set click the “Save” button
Return to Your Photostream page
The “Your photostream” link will be in the top left corner of the page. > Once the “Your Photostream” page is open , you’ll need to select the “Set” from the right hand List.
Obtain the RSS feed for your Set
When you have selcted the Set within the Photostream, you will need to select the Subscribe to the set – RSS Feed.
Wikipedia description = RSS “Really Simple Syndication”
Once you’ve opened the RSS page you will need to copy the URL address from the address bar at the top of your browser window, this should look something like
This address will be needed in setting up the slideshow component within Flash, which is then inserted into your Joomla page
If you are using Flying Pixel to create the Flash component, please email that address to us and let us know what dimensions (in pixels) you would like the slideshow to appear
if you’re using Flash with the slideshow component you’ll need to paste the RSS feed URL into the XML file path **note** you’ll also need to add “&format=rss_200″ at the end of the URL and also change the XML file type to Media RSS
** extra note – Your slideshow will have a backlink to Flickr when you click on any part of the main image, this is coming directly from the API at flickr, a simple workaround I use is to place an extra layer over the slideshow component, place a box object covering this layer, convert the object to a symbol, set the alpha to “0″, leave any navigation thumbnail exposed if required, save the SWF file and upload it to your joomla media folder, Use the URL for the SWF and insert it into an iFrame into an article or module for your site