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Sharing private stored photos from host site to members on wordpress

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2014-08-20 3:14 am EST

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I store photos of my group on a photo hosting site. I don't want them public. I want to share them on my groups Wordpress website but it won't let any others but me see them on the webpage. How can I allow other members see them without making the stored photos public? What is the best solution?

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43,761 Points
2014-08-20 9:31 am EST

The default WordPress does not have this ability. You may want to check into plugins that have membership functionality and the ability to set specific areas of your site to allow members only. There are many plugins so you will want to check for ones that meet your specific needs.

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Scott M

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I already have member only functionality on my wordpress site. I have a lot of pictures I want viewable from the webpages but they load too slow if they are stored on the website server. Flickr and Photo bucket require the images to be public to be viewable by my members. Is there any other service or storage site tgat doesn't require this or us it a limitation of wordpress?
12 Points
2014-08-20 1:31 pm EST
Hello Cityman,

You can always create thumbnails of your images and then use the thumbnails to link out to somewhere like Flickr. Though in order to view the picture in Flickr, it would have to jump out of the WordPress. The better option will be to use a plugin such as Flickr Album Wordpress plugin to display your pictures in WordPress (from Flickr). This would also allow you to create pages that have the gallery on it, and restrict the pages only to your members.

Please note that there are MANY plugins out there for images - you will need to find the one that best fits your needs.

I hope that helps! Please let us know if you continue to have any further questions.

Arnel C.
41,482 Points
2014-08-20 2:05 pm EST
Thank you Arnel. That sounds like the best solution however why do I need another plugin if i use the Flickr plugin? Are you just suggesting there are others besides the Flickr plugin I should consider or are you saying I will need another plugin to help view or organize the pictures made available through the Flickr plugin?
12 Points
2014-08-21 3:49 am EST
Hello Cityman,

Arnel is saying that if the Flickr plugin does not do exactly as you need, there may be other plugins that do, not that you need an additional one if the Flickr plugin is working for you.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
43,761 Points
2014-08-21 7:58 am EST
Ok great. ..thank you
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2014-08-21 11:36 am EST
3 Points
2014-08-26 8:52 pm EST
What I ended up doing is to continue to use Flickr with most of the photos remaining in private status. Then I used a Wordpress Plugin called Awesome Flickr Gallery. It allows you to pull private photos by communicating to Flickr permissions to access. You can then enter a simple short code on your page which can be a single picture, a gallery of pictures, or all your pictures which then are displayed as thumbnails. You have the option to view in a single mouse click slide show. It's exactly what I wanted and its free. At first I was going to use slickrflickr that would do the same thing except you must pay $37/yr to be able to access private pictures the "pro" version. Its not a lot but for a nonprofit group that already pays over a hundred dollars for the domain and hosting every extra dollar counts. Thank you Ronak Gandhi for developing the Awesome Flickr Gallery and sharing it with others. It is Awesome.
12 Points
2014-08-28 12:52 am EST
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