Issues with embedding a Flickr slideshow into WordPress

A few days ago I posted about using Vodpod to embed a Flickr slideshow into a blog hosted on WordPress.com (just like this one).

However though it did seem to work, after a few hours the blog entry looked like this!

Issues with embedding a Flickr slideshow into WordPress

Hmm, problems.

Re-embedding initially seemed to work, but after a few hours the above error would return.

Hmmm.

Well it should work, everything I read online said it should work. Vodpod has worked with other sites before on my blog.

Hmmm.

After some more searching I found this forum article on Flickr. In that long list of comments I found that the problem arises from the Vodpod Post to WordPress button and Firefox 3.x It would appear that the two are not compatible.

If you use the Vodpod Share Video link then this “fixes” the problem and your slideshows should work as expected.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about "James F Clay’s slideshow on Flickr", posted with vodpod

Edit: Well I thought it had fixed it. It hadn’t. Trying now with embedding the slideshows using Safari rather than Firefox 3.x and seeing if that makes a difference. If that doesn’t work out then I am going to stop trying.

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8 Responses to Issues with embedding a Flickr slideshow into WordPress

  1. James Clay says:

    Okay this may not fix it… Just had the same problem on another blog posting which I thought I had fixed.

    James

  2. Hi James,

    This *seems* to be a problem on the Flickr side. I say that because :

    a – I can’t get a Flickr embedded slideshow to work at all. That is, if I just grab the code from flickr and add it to a web page, the slideshow doesn’t work. All I get is a black box.

    b – We don’t change anything once you’ve posted to your blog. So we’re returning the same code all the time. Thus if it worked once, it should continue to work.

    We’re following up with Flickr to see if we can figure out what’s wrong.

    –Scott Persinger
    vodpod team

  3. davefoord says:

    When I first tried the vodpod thing it worked, and I was quite excited, but I have noticed that same as you, in that it now doesn’t work, which is a real shame!

  4. Claude says:

    I had exactly the same experience. I wish VodPod would fix! The thing that really gets me is that at the beginning, it looks like it’s going to work, but eventually results in Oh! No, …. 😦

  5. durwin2point0 says:

    This has got to be a WordPress issue. I found a widget called Slideoo (www.slideoo.com) that works great on my site (www.mdurwin.com) in a page, but it’s self-hosted. For some reason WordPress doesn’t want anyone using it when you’re hosted on their servers. From their angle I can see that they want control of media, but on the other hand, you’d think they’d prefer not to have to use the bandwidth and storage space of their own servers.

  6. durwin2point0 says:

    p.s. Slideoo works on Blogger, MySpace, Facebook, Typepad, etc.

  7. jcscuba says:

    can anybody help me? I’ve been using Vod Pod for over a year, now when I upload a movie to my blog it starts automatically even if on a different page? jcscuba@gmail.com

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