PicasaView instantView Google Error


Warning: picasaView::dispatchAlbum(): Node no longer exists in /home/adriancarr/adriancarr.com/public/wp-content/plugins/picasaview/picasaview.php on line 324

Warning: picasaView::dispatchAlbum(): Node no longer exists in /home/adriancarr/adriancarr.com/public/wp-content/plugins/picasaview/picasaview.php on line 338

I noticed a great photo thumbnail layout on a friend’s blog recently, and asked him about it. He told me that he was using a cool WordPress photo plugin called PicasaView that easily pulls photos from Picasa into a WordPress blog. I’ve been playing around with different photo galleries lately as I try to resurrect this blog, and thought I’d give it a try since wordpress plugins are so easy to install.

So, I went into my wordpress control panel and added, activated, and setup the plugin in just a few minutes. Easy as pie.

I then went to a test page and added a Picasa photo album from a recent trip to Phoenix, Arizona.
I added this code:
[picasaview album='Arizona-August 2011']
This works great, and looks just like this:

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Arizona-August 2011

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Now, I’m going to come back to it, but notice that that there is a space in my album name. That’s perfectly fine to both Google and to PicasaView, up to a point.
What I really wanted was a bunch of thumbnails like I had seen on my friend’s blog. So, I added the “instantView” option to my PicasaView tag so it looked like this:

[picasaview album='Arizona-August 2011' instantView='yes']
This is when things went downhill fast.
In addition to messing up the entire CSS for my site, including messing up the header and background, it also generated this:

PicasaView Error

PicasaView Error

The issue here took me some time to find. The problem is that I used the title of the album as I entered it. This is the part that doesn’t work, because I have a space in the album name. The fix is to go to the url for the album that Picasa generated, and use that instead in the album name. In this image, you can see the album name and the url that works:
picasa url

After I changed the PicasaViewer tag to look like this:
[picasaview album='ArizonaAugust2011' instantView='yes']
it generates thumbnails like this:

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Arizona-August 2011

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That’s all there is to it. I hope this helps someone else.
-Adrian

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