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Add a Cool Slideshow of Picasa Photos to Your Blog

Abdullah recently asked a question in our Blog Forum about how to add a Google Picasa Web Album Slideshow to his blog. This was a great question so I thought other people would be interested in how to do it as well.

Picasa is a free photo management product by Google that I actually use for all my photos. The software organizes and can adjust your photo albums on your computer and then easily uploads them to your Picasa account. I love the ability to quickly upload pictures from my trips, etc and just send the url to my friends and family.

So if you already have a Picasa account and have pictures you’d like to include on your blog, you should check out this widget. If you don’t have Picasa yet, I highly recommend you download it for free by clicking on the link below.

After you select the photo album and settings you want to use, it gives you some code to paste into your site. You can either paste it into your post or add it to your sidebar by creating an html/javascript widget. Then just paste the code into the widget and save.

Here’s a screenshot of the widget being setup:

picasa web blog slideshow widget

Notice how easy the setup process is. It provides the code to paste into your blog and then you’ll have a flash slideshow rotating through all your photos! Pretty cool. I was going to include a working demo but once you login to your account and start building a slideshow, it shows you real-time how it works. It’s worth checking out….enjoy!

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36 Responses to “Add a Cool Slideshow of Picasa Photos to Your Blog”

TechSecrets on Apr 30, 2008, 12:54 pm  

Great post, surely I’ll link to this post of yours on my blog. Many Thanks.


Richard Lyon on May 22, 2008, 1:14 pm  

The link to This Widget for downloading gives a 401 error return.

Any chance of the correct link?


David on May 22, 2008, 11:02 pm  

@Richard, I just tested the link and it works fine. Could you try it again?

Richard Lyon on May 23, 2008, 1:00 am  

David, same again with Firefox, and this page with IE.



a husband on May 28, 2008, 9:00 pm  

What’s lame about Picasa is that it forces you to have that stupid black border around it. It used to not be that way, but back in the fall it changed, and they haven’t fixed it despite a lot of angry users.

kyle on Jun 21, 2008, 7:44 pm  

To get rid of the black border in the background, just edit the RGB code in the snippet.

The default is: RGB=0x000000
Change to: RGB=0xFFFFFF for a white background or use other HEX codes for any background

Free Nokia and other mobile stuff on Jul 3, 2008, 10:25 pm  

I think they still need to enhance this widget,,,,

Marc on Aug 6, 2008, 1:14 pm  

When I paste the HTML into the blog posting window and click “publish” I get the following error. Any thoughts?

Your HTML cannot be accepted: Tags cannot enclose tags embed type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” src=”<a href=”

Marc on Aug 6, 2008, 1:39 pm  

Nevermind. I figured it out. I was trying to do a new posting, but you have to select customize and then “Add a page Element”.

Shelly on Aug 22, 2008, 7:35 am  

Does one need to have a Picasa account for this utility to use?

AL on Aug 30, 2008, 4:32 am  

Nice tips, i ‘ve trying to paste into my blog but the slide cannot moving to the next picture . any advise ?

Pao on Sep 2, 2008, 7:23 am  

Hi!! I keep getting Error when I use the link to the widget. I have also tried from another webpage. Is this still working?

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Cathy on Sep 14, 2008, 10:26 pm  

When I copy in the code and then save, at the end of the saving process the code is gone and I have nothing! Does that mean this slideshow doesn’t work for WordPress.com blogs?

ShawLee on Oct 4, 2008, 1:01 am  

❗ Is there another type flash? I think the one is not ok for my blog

ShawLee on Oct 4, 2008, 1:02 am  

my english is pool .sorry

veri kurtarma on Nov 3, 2008, 5:21 am  

To get rid of the black border in the background, just edit the RGB code in the snippet.

That was very usefull. Thanks.

anu659 on Nov 5, 2008, 1:55 am  

aj Daeng on Nov 12, 2008, 11:26 am  

This is very helpful. I was wondering if there was a way to slow down the time between photos? It goes very fast, and I’m trying for at least 5 seconds between photos. Suggestions?

kak-taruwa on Dec 6, 2008, 12:16 pm  

hey ! where to put the code?
there are so many lines in the code…. but where can i put it to work….???????
plz…. need help badly. 😥

Grotty Yachty on Dec 6, 2008, 10:11 pm  

I will try it now. Thank you.
Bigpond in Australia is so limited but, you have inspired me.
I did ask another blog oner how they managed to get a slide show, and they did not replay. Now I know.


geneva on Apr 3, 2009, 8:03 pm  

Nice tips. In fact, i’m browsing online for this widget. Thanks for sharing.:)

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choudhary waqas on Dec 14, 2009, 8:06 pm  

i can’t understood what you saying.

JudithP on Feb 22, 2010, 6:50 am  

After hours of fighting with this, it’s finally working thanks to your widget. Much appreciated.

choudhary waqas on Feb 22, 2010, 2:39 pm  

picasa is a nice website

daily poops on Mar 14, 2010, 9:04 pm  

Hi mate,

It just worked with charm. 🙂

Thanks a lot David


Liz on Apr 5, 2010, 8:40 pm  

I have embedded a slideshow, but some people tell me that they can’t see it. I can see it fine when I view the blog. Do I have to have some setting on Picasa turned on for everyone to see it?

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keem on Oct 4, 2011, 10:43 pm  

thanks so much for this tip, it helped me a lot, by the way, can someone help me to get my slideshow looped? i hate seeing it running then it stops till you run it again..


hakeem on Oct 23, 2011, 1:35 am  

It is very nice…..works well……many many thanks to you….

Ray Madigan on May 6, 2012, 8:25 pm  

I agree with aj Daeng the slideshow needs to be slowed. PLEASE…any idea how to adjust the speed???