Monday, July 13, 2009

Slideshow from RSS for Wordpress

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It took me hours to find, but the easiest way I found to build a slideshow from a MediaRSS feed and add it to a WordPress blog was using the Google Ajax Feed API.

There are a few plug-ins that are supposed to work with WordPress, but I didn’t like them because they were really limited, or didn’t work on an IIS hosted blog. Good old Javascript, although it’s verbose, works fine.

That’s what I’ve used on this blog. Have a look at the slideshow on the lower right. It’s generated by the Google Ajax Feeds API.

If you don’t like getting your hands dirty with JavaScript, the best Flash based slideshow generator I know of is at That’s what I use for some of the ObSrv examples of slideshows here.

The beauty of building a slideshow from an RSS Feed is that you don’t need to have the images on your own site, and the content updates continually as more items are added to the feed.

Of course, sometimes it’s hard to find a good feed. That’s where comes in, because it can generate a feed from a google images search.

So when you use the Google Ajax Feed API and you can make a slideshow of any topic you’d like. The one on this site is for “Information Technology”.

And just to make this post pretty, I thought I’d include a slideshow of the most recent ten pictures from the Creative Commons group on Flickr

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