Many of us use the amazing Flickr gallery module on our Squidoo lenses. Unfortunately, this is the end of it. Today, HQ announced that they are going to retire it.
There is no easy way to replace these galleries, but there is a way. By using this tool here: Item Box Builder
It requieres many steps and may not be worth it on some lenses. It’s all up to you. Since Flickr seems to randomly block images displayed on squidoo you will need to uplaod the image on your own image hosting. Here’s what to do:
First choose one Flickr image you want to use (or any other).
Right click the image and save it. upload to your image hosting.
Grab the image link and head back to squidtool
Go to the item list and click to have it open and add your link to the image field (click the little arrow to make sure the image looks ok). Then fill the other 2 fields.
Once you have set all your images, you can play with the other fields to change the look of your gallery (colors, font sizes etc).
Preview and grab the HTML. Paste into a text module and voila.
Here’s a quick one I did with some zazzle posters: The World’s Deadliest Animals (it takes you to the right module).
Now it’s much bigger than the gallery module, so those clickouts might be lower. You can make up to 3 in a row. Choose wisely.
Load speed might suffer too, not sure yet. I would limit to 6 or 9 items. Anyway 6 items counts for a little over half of the allotted characters in a text module anyway.
ADDENDUM (Saturday June 16): If you don’t mind a lot of coding, please read how to do a thumbnail gallery on Greekgeek blog here: Squidoo’s Flickr Module Is Retiring: How to Recover.