This is an follow up to the original Flickr Picturefill – A Response Image WordPress Plugin post.
It’s been almost a year since I initially developed Flickr Picturefill, a WordPress Plugin that uses Flickr hosting, the Flickr API and The Filament Group‘s Picturefill polyfill to easily create responsive images on your WordPress blog and there’s been some big changes since then.
First, Flickr has changed their API so that all calls must be made via SSL. A great move, and we’re going to continue seeing much more of these changes moving forward, especially with Google really pushing the use of all websites to use SSL.
Second, there’s been a major update to the Picturefill polyfill, developed by The Filament Group. Since the W3C has added the picture element to its HTML 5.1 specs, Picturefill now uses the
A couple other items that are included in the update:
- To limit the amount of API calls, the plugin has implemented the WordPress Transients API to store the results of API calls. Since the results of those calls won’t change, we may as well cache them.
- The Flickr API key can now be input through the WordPress admin interface, rather than hard-coded in.
I’d like to take this plugin a few steps further over the next while and work on the following features.
- Create a GUI for the plugin – a button on the WordPress editor that opens a window that allows the user to visually browse their Flickr account
- Allow changes to break points/Flickr image sizes to be made through the WordPress admin area
- Follow up on a comment to implement a Flickr Set to gallery option
- Finally submit this to the WordPress Plugin Directory
Interested in contributing? Stop by the Github Repo!