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Link to Google Photo Albums no longer works in my blog
December 18, 2018
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Chris,

I just learned from a friend that when he clicks on the link for our Travel Photos on our blog that he can’t see our photo albums. I logged out of the Google account I use for our blog and Google photos and clicked on the Travel Photos link in our blog. I’m asked to login to a Google account, so I used a different account login than the one I use for the blog & photos. I get a screen where I can create albums or upload photos, not my Travel Photos. All of my Google albums are “shared” – they used to be “public”, but Google has changed that. I tried changing the link on our blog by “copying & pasting” the link to our albums when I was logged in, but it doesn’t take me to our albums. 

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Sue Neale

December 18, 2018
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Sue,

Is your link to one particular album? or to all your albums?

There was a time … pre-2015, that you could designate an album as “Public” then a link to all public albums would work. When Google Photos came on the scene, they eliminated the Public designation. An album now can only be Private, or seen by Anyone with Link.

See my blog’s page for photo albums to see what I mean. I have to make a link for each album in order for people to see them. 

At the bottom of that page, I do have a link to view all my past “Public” albums (pre 2015) That link goes to Google’s Album Archive, which is their hodge podge way of keeping and showing us any image we’ve ever shared with any Google Product. Notice the link to my Public albums is to the albumarchive:  get.google.com/albumarchive/104655811483131xxxxxx  That number is my account. If you just type in the web address get.google.com/albumarchive  when you’re logged in, I expect the number will pop up for you. Try using that link to view all your public albums.

Let me know.

December 18, 2018
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Chris,

Thanks for the quick reply. The link I’m having the problem with is to all of our albums. Here is the link to our blog – Neales on Wheels – https://nealesonwheels.blogspot.com/ I started our travel blog after attending your seminars at the Gypsy Gathering in Sept. 2008 in Celina, OH. We were full timers from 2006 to 2013 and I still post on our blog (I’m working to catch it up) occasionally.

It looks like I need to redesign our blog. I have the link to the photo albums in a sidebar widget and from looking at your blog, I need to change the location of our albums from the sidebar to a page.

I’m not familiar with adding pages and adding content to them, but I guess I need to learn how.

I’ve wanted to update the design of our blog for some time and had been putting it off. I also see some other items that I can remove from the sidebar (still keeping the sidebar) and create separate pages for.

Thanks,

Sue Neale

December 21, 2018
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Sue,

You can have links to albums in the sidebar – it doesn’t have to be a page – but you need a link to each album. There is no longer any way to have one link that takes the viewer to multiple albums.

As for making pages, see this video. I’m sure some options have changed, but it should give you the idea. If anything, it’s gotten easier since this video was made.

December 29, 2018
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Chris,

I started back working on my problem after Christmas. I created a page in our blog so I could add a gallery of our albums. I saw several websites with info on html codes to add links to my albums, but I never was able to get an album on the page – just a small square indicating that the album couldn’t be opened. I was able to change the link on our blog to our photo albums and can now open up our album archive under a different google account login. So our friends should be able to see our photo albums.

When I login on a separate google account from the one I created the albums in, our albums are “scrambled” and completely out of order. Example – a photo album of Skagway is one of the first albums shown and the photos are dated in Aug. 2011, however one of the photos is dated Sep. 20, 2016. But in our Google photos & albums the photo is dated Aug. 18, 2011. I changed the photo sort in the album to oldest first, thinking that then the album would be sorted in better chronological order, but it didn’t change the album’s location. I have tried changing the date on the photo in Google Photos and in the album to Aug. 18, 2011 and saving my change. But that doesn’t change the date on the photo that is shared – which I think is why my album is out of sequence. I hate to think I would have to check each photo in each album to see if the same problem is repeated in them.

It looks like I may need to either add my albums to a page on our blog or add the links to each album in the sidebar – but I have over 70 albums – which would make for a long sidebar.

I need help in either getting the correct html code to add my albums to my blog page where the link will work, or how to I add a link to each album to the sidebar. I really like the looks of your album gallery page on your blog and would like to do something similar.

I did backup my blog to one I had created on Wordpress sometime ago. I know you said you created your album page on Wordpress, would I be able to create an album page on Wordpress and then import it to a page on blogger?

Thanks,
Sue Neale

December 30, 2018
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Hey Sue,
Did you watch this video about linking to albums?
469. GP-Make a link list of photo albums (https://geeksontour.com/2017/0…..st-albums/)

It will show you how to get the link from Google Photos and make a link in Word. Instead of Word, I use Blogger, and instead of simple text links, I use images for my Photo Album page.

This website – GeeksOnTour.com – is all WordPress, but my personal/travel blog with the photo album page is straight Blogger.
Hope that helps.

December 30, 2018
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Hi Chris,

Thanks for the quick reply. I watched your video 469 today. I have no problem getting the links to my albums, but I don’t quite get your process for using images on your Album page. I’ve added a photo from an album to my page, but it won’t link to my album. I must be missing something in your instructions.

I like the table format you have on your personal/travel blog album page. In addition to looking at your website, I’ve looked at a LOT of websites about adding tables to a blog page and linking to photo albums and even tried some without success. 

I’m sure the process is fairly simple, but somehow I’m missing it. Maybe I’m making it too complicated? I’m usually pretty good working with computers, but this has me stumped.

Thanks,

Sue Neale

December 31, 2018
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Sue,

Unfortunately, Blogger does not have a table creation tool. You need to go into HTML view and enter code. Here is some sample code for a simple 3 column, 4 row table. Try copying the text below … it starts with “<table border …” and ends with “</table>” If you copy that and keep it somewhere, you can just use it any time you want to make a table. The size of the cells will expand to fit the images you put in them. If you want to learn more about creating html for tables, I recommend W3Schools

Let me know how it goes.

As for making a link on an image – you just select the image and then click the Link button, just like you do with text. I have found that the images are a bit “slippery” however and the link button doesn’t always work. I deal with this by adding text before the image like November 2018 – then I select the text and the image before applying the link. 

You are inspiring me to make a Learning Guide on my exact steps to create that photo album page in our blog. Stay tuned.

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December 31, 2018
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Thanks for the html code for creating a table and the info on how you added your photo albums to a blogger page. I tried it out this afternoon without success. However, it turns out my problem this afternoon was due to using Internet Explorer as my browser and the links I added to the photos wouldn’t work. I had my Google Albums open in Chrome using a split screen with IE. Once I switched to using Chrome to add my photo albums to my blog page, the links to the photo albums worked. I still have a LOT of photo albums to set up on my photo album page. But I think before I go any further in adding the photos with the album links, I’m going to redesign our blog. It’s looked the same for almost 10 years now and I think it needs to be “spruced up”.

I looked at some of your videos tonight on designing and changing the template for a blog. I do have a question though. I’m thinking of moving some of the items from the sidebar to their own page and possibly making the sidebar narrower. I’d also like to make the blog posts gadget a little wider than what I have now. If I widen the blog posts, will that mess up the text format?

Also the blog area is so narrow that there is only room for 2 of the photo albums in the table to appear on the same line. I’ll take a look at W3Schools, too.

Definitely make a Learning Guide for the photo album page!!

Thanks for the help.

Sue Neale

January 3, 2019
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It sounds like you already watched this video on customizing your theme – things like columns widths. It’s an old video, but once you get into the Theme, Customize area it still works the same.

Yes, when changing widths your lines of text will re-wrap. It shouldn’t be a problem unless you’ve painstakingly set up photos to appear in specific places. From looking at your blog, it appears that you use the same technique as I do by just leaving photos by themselves. So, you should be able to change column widths no problem. Realize you don’t change the post column width – you change overall blog width, and the sidebar widths, the post column changes accordingly.

If you can watch Episode 159 of our What Does This Button Do? show this Sunday – I’m planning to cover the photo album page process. Just go to our Youtube channel at 2pm eastern time. 

January 3, 2019
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I watched that video and some others you had regarding blogs. I’ll definitely watch your show this Sunday. I plan on changing my overall blog and sidebar widths. I’m going to and keep some of the items I have in the sidebar and moving a few to their own page.

My husband was looking at some of our older posts on the blog the other day and told me that the photos in our blog narrative no longer direct you to that particular photo album. I told him I knew that and that happened I guess back when Google stopped using Picasa. I guess I could go back and create a link on each photo on the blog to the album it appears in. Yikes! that seems like a lot of work to do over!

But that raises another question – when I’m writing a new post and include a photo in the narrative, can I create a link to that particular album the same way I would create a link on the photo album gallery page?

I’m looking forward to your show on Sunday and I’m going to re-watch your other videos on blogs, before I work on my re-design of our blog. We’re planning a 2 month trip out to Utah and parts west in March and April and I want to have our blog up-to-date and re-designed before we head out.

Thanks again,

Sue

January 5, 2019
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Sue, when you want a photo in a blog post, you can use the Insert image button and then Album Archive. All your albums will be there whether they were created back in Picasa Web Albums, or currently with Google Photos. No link needed. Here’s the video in case you haven’t watched it. 473.BL-Adding photos from Google Photos

If what you want is one photo in the blog, that links to an album in Google Photos – that’s exactly what I’m going to show in episode 159 on Sunday.

January 8, 2019
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Sue,

I think I saw you in the chat room during our show on Sunday. I hope you were there. I discovered an easier way to make a table in Blogger by creating it in Google Docs then copy and paste to blogger – it works great.

I’m working on the show notes now – you’ll get them in your inbox soon. Meanwhile, here’s the link to the youtube show

January 8, 2019
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Hi Chris,

That was me in the chat room Sunday. Loved the show! It’s so much easier sometimes to see how something is done instead of following instructions. I really liked the part about creating a table using Google Docs – sooooo much easier than html! I haven’t had time yet to check out creating a table from Google Docs, but I will in  a day or two. I’ll definitely be watching the youtube show again and also some of your other videos on Google photos before I “tackle” redesigning our blog and adding the photo album page to it. Like you suggested Sunday, I’ll work on adding the photo albums in stages instead of trying to do them all at once. 

January 15, 2019
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Good stuff. Please report on your progress.

January 18, 2019
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I had planned on working on our album page for our blog last weekend, but I had a major software problem and had to take care of that. Good news – I fixed that problem and I re-designed our blog earlier this week. I watched your videos on the template designer and customizing your template. I found a Picture Window template I liked and played around with a couple of background photos before deciding which one to use. I adjusted the widths of our blog and the sidebar so that they are wider now, changed the color of some of the fonts and I “tinkered” around with it until I’m pretty happy with the layout. I still have some areas to change, but I’ll work on those one at at time.

This afternoon was the first chance I had to actually work on an album page for our blog. I watched your video 546-BL to refresh my memory on the steps to creating an album page. I followed your steps – creating a table in a Google Doc and copying and pasting to my album page. I used the Snipping Tool to capture the album covers and followed your steps of saving them and uploading to my page. 

Actually I had your video up on on half of my screen and my album page on the other half, so I could refer back to your video when I needed to. I am HAPPY to report that I now have 4 years’ worth of albums on Our Photo Album page on our blog and it all worked fairly smoothly. I had a couple of glitches, but I think they were more operator error than anything and I fixed them. 

After I did the second album, I had a pretty good routine going and the other 2 albums went a lot quicker. I’ll work on the older albums a few at a time.

If you noticed when you looked at my blog that it is somewhat behind – it’s not as much fun writing on it when we haven’t been traveling. But we’re leaving from our home in Sebastian, FL and going on a 2 month trip in March and April out to Utah to visit the National Parks there. In all the years we full-timed, we never went to Utah – don’t know why – just heading someplace else and figured we come back someday.

Now that I have a way to get our albums back the way I organized them by adding them to our photo album page, I now need to get to work and update our blog before our trip. The older photo albums can wait to be added to our album page when I have the time to work on them.

Thanks again for all of your help – I would call this a success! SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

Sue

January 20, 2019
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Ta-Daaa!

Wow – your photo album page looks great Sue! I’m so glad my system worked for you. It would still be nice if Google would give us some nice tools for organizing and displaying albums – but till then …

Enjoy Utah. The parks are amazing. I look forward to seeing your blog on them.

January 20, 2019
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Thank you! Your system definitely worked for me! I’ve also figured out how to add another row to a table that has all of the cells filled should I need to add more albums for that particular year. 

Right now I’m updating our blog and adding the photos and albums that go along those posts and will add those albums to our Album Page.

But I do have another question on our blog. The default font for the posts is Times New Roman and I prefer Arial. I’ve looked at all of the customization for the template I’m using and can’t find anywhere to set the default to Arial. All of the other sections on the template I’ve been able to set to Arial, but not for the posts.

So, I’m having to select the Arial font before I start typing my posts. Is there any way I can make that the default font for my blog posts?

I downloaded your ebook on Google Photos and have been going through it and watching some of your videos on Google Photos.

I did discover something yesterday when I was using Picasa. I had tried before to login to my web albums in Picasa and couldn’t. But yesterday I tried logging in and although I couldn’t upload any photos from Picasa, I could once again see the green arrows on the photos that I had uploaded previously to our Picasa Web Albums. That is a great help to be able to see which ones I had uploaded in the past. 

I haven’t tried editing photos with Google Photos, so I guess that is one of the things I’ll tackle next.

January 25, 2019
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RE font: you should be able to change the basic font for your posts in the theme customization, Advanced, Page text (the top option)

RE Picasa web albums. hmmm – I can no longer see green arrows. Any Picasa Web albums you made in the past should now be a Google Photos album – is that true for you?

Please do try editing with Google Photos – it’s really easy, it’s fun, it’s really quite good.

January 25, 2019
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Hi Chris, 

I just checked the theme customization, Advanced, Page text – I have that font set to Arial. When I changed the font to a different one, the text in the sidebar changed, not the text in the posts. I then checked the other settings in Advanced and Blog Title, Tabs Text, Post Title and Gadgets all have a selection menu for fonts. Then I checked Post under Advanced and the only settings are for Footer Text Color and Border Color. 

Then I did a test post using the Default Font and switched from Compose to HTML and this is what shows up <span style=”font-family: inherit;”>. Then I changed the font in Compose to Arial and switched to HTML and this shows up <span style=”font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;”>. I have found no where in the theme customizations where I have the option to make Arial the default. 

As to the green arrows in Picasa showing up, I logged in to Web Albums at the top right of Picasa. The syncing wheel was spinning and would probably have spun forever, if I didn’t stop it. But the photos that I uploaded to my Picasa Web Albums still show which ones were uploaded up through October 2016. 

I’ve added more photos to Google Photos and did do some editing on a few of them in Google Photos and it was really easy, so I will do more with Google Photos.

Great pictures from the other side of the world! I’m looking forward to seeing a lot more!

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