WP Flickr Background

on February 26, 2010 in WordPress with 55 comments by

WP Flickr Background is a simple to use WordPress plugin that allows you to display a photo from Flickr and other sources as the theme background, without the need to modify any files.

All you need to do is create one or more galleries within the plugin’s settings, each containing a collection of photos that you have chosen, and WP Flickr Background will randomly select a photo from the active gallery to display as the theme background.

You can also customise a gallery by adding CSS styling code that will be loaded along with the photo, allowing you to color match the WordPress theme to the particular photo displayed or for other use.


  • Use photos from the Media Library, your own computer or websites other than Flickr as the background
  • Decide how often the background image should change (ie., every day, once per browser session, etc.)
  • Stretch a background photo horizontally and/or vertically
  • Align background photos according to the visitor’s screen layout
  • Optionally disable the original theme’s background
  • Optional Javascript compression
  • Support for WordPress caches such as WP Super Cache
  • Multiple galleries
  • Custom CSS style sheet per gallery, loaded with the theme if it’s active



This project is licensed free of charge under the terms and conditions of GNU GPLv3Donations are welcome!


Note: WP Flickr Background has been superseded by Background Manager and is no longer actively maintained, nor available for download.



  1. posted on Dec 30, 2011 at 9:54 PM  |  reply

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  2. Simone
    posted on Nov 29, 2011 at 2:16 AM  |  reply

    Thank you for this amazing plugin, it definitely help me to develop my web site according to my ideas!

    Just a question:is it possible to make the background image “fixed”, so that when i scroll the page, the image disappear on the upside, just like the header do ?

    Thank you !

    • posted on Dec 07, 2011 at 10:09 PM  |  reply

      Hiya! I’m currently testing the replacement plugin for WP Flickr Background, which will have more options regarding this. I hope to relase it to the public soon.

    • posted on Dec 30, 2011 at 11:46 PM  |  reply

      The successor, Background Manager, has this option now.

  3. Emmanuel Rubio
    posted on Oct 25, 2011 at 2:25 PM  |  reply

    :P why i can’t place the photo in the “center” of the screen??
    Also there should be the option to let the background “scroll” (i don’t know if i’m expressing right) so it stay up when scrolling down :P

    Something easy but it doesn’t let me do it even with css…

    the rest is quite great plugin, easy to aply and it didn’t give me any trouble with my custom theme.

  4. Mjnijhof
    posted on Sep 18, 2011 at 9:39 AM  |  reply

    Hi Mike,
    I used your background for a friend’s website ( http://www.efenefmedia.nl) and they were very pleased with it. But I am not too fond about that small tab on the left (with the name of the picture in it). Is it possible to remove this/ And, if so, how do I  do that?
    Kind regards,
    Proud Mary

    • posted on Sep 18, 2011 at 11:12 AM  |  reply


      It actually appears to be a small bug. You are supposed to be able to remove the tab completely simply by de-selecting the “License Attribution” setting under the “Advanced Configuration” section (found on the main configuration screen of WP Flickr Background).

      There is a work-around for this, however. Simply edit the Gallery you’d like to use, which provides a “Custom CSS Styling” field. You then use this CSS snippet (in addition to any other CSS you may have used):

      #wpfbg_lic_wrap { display:none !important; }

      It is possible to add this to the main theme’s CSS, if you prefer.

  5. Anonymous
    posted on Aug 22, 2011 at 8:03 PM  |  reply

    hi, how can I remove the title of the photos from the bottom-left? Just remove it totally..

    • posted on Aug 22, 2011 at 9:03 PM  |  reply

      From the WordPress dashboard, on your left hand side select Settings and then WP Flickr Background.

      On the “Configuration” screen (first thing you will see), scroll the bottom and expand the “Advanced Configuration” box (hover your mouse over it, on the right you’ll notice an “expand” icon similar to WP’s main dashboard).

      2nd from bottom in those Advanced Configuations, you will find the option to hide the attribution. Save, and you’re done. Please ensure that photos/images are properly licensed (which may include attribution).

      • Anonymous
        posted on Aug 24, 2011 at 3:41 PM  |  reply

        Hi Myatu,

        Thank you for the fast reply! What a great plugin you have built! The photos are all taken by myself, so that should be fine.

        I have another question (or rather request) and I think will make your plugin so much more powerful. You should add a button (top-right/left) to download the wallpaper/background that is shown. That would instantly make the plugin so much more powerful and considerate. Or is there already a way to do this?

        • Anonymous
          posted on Aug 24, 2011 at 3:44 PM  |  reply

          or, even better and maybe easier to integrate, just a button that says ‘View Background’ and that has the same outcome as right-click > view image , so that the image will be shown in its entirety in a different window. that would be so awesome

        • posted on Aug 24, 2011 at 4:15 PM  |  reply

          I’m glad you’re enjoying the plugin :)

          There currently isn’t an automated option to do this, but I’ll certainly take that on board as a feature request. The plugin is really due an update to include the feature requests and come September I should have some more time to dedicate to this.

  6. Hashmat
    posted on May 24, 2011 at 10:23 AM  |  reply

    Is it possible to strech the pictures proportunally. so that the picture doesn’t get deforms. But it will still be full screen.

    • posted on May 24, 2011 at 6:53 PM  |  reply

      The short answer is no, unfortunately. The long answer is that for most images, using only the “horizontal stretching” option gives the best results as most screen resolutions are wider than they are high (ie., 640w x 480h, 1280×960, 2048×1536). This will retain the aspect ratio of the image and most of the image will still be displayed.

  7. Jrfurlan
    posted on May 18, 2011 at 9:00 PM  |  reply

     Hi, How i hide the License box?

    • posted on May 19, 2011 at 4:16 PM  |  reply

      On the main “WP Flickr Backround Setting” page, scroll towards the bottom and click the “Advanced Configuration” title-bar. Select the option “Hide the license and attribution information shown in the footer”.

      Note: Before doing so, ensure you are using any photos from Flickr or other external sources as per the photo owner’s restrictions and requirements. Look at the website http://creativecommons.org/ for more details on the Creative Commons.

  8. Eskyride
    posted on May 16, 2011 at 6:43 PM  |  reply

    Is it possible to center the image in the browser window?

    • posted on May 19, 2011 at 4:11 PM  |  reply

      It currently is only possible by using  custom CSS styling in the provided field. The CSS tag you’re looking for is #wpgbg. I’ve had a similar question not so long ago, so I will add this on my “to-do” list.

  9. Phalgun
    posted on Apr 28, 2011 at 6:45 AM  |  reply


    This is a fantastic plugin! Love it!
    I was just wondering if we could make the background Flickr image a little transparent or dark. So that it doesn’t stand out too much against the content.

    • posted on Apr 28, 2011 at 4:50 PM  |  reply

      When editing the gallery, you have a field where to add custom CSS styling. You can add opacity/transparency to the background using this method. You can use the #wpfbg ID for this, for example:


      Hope this helps and thanks for using the plugin :)

  10. Ale
    posted on Apr 08, 2011 at 10:33 AM  |  reply

    It would be wonderful to have the ability to choose a different gallery for each page of the blog! So that the page “Trekking” has only mountain landscapes as background, while page “Scuba” has only underwater images.


  11. Eric
    posted on Apr 06, 2011 at 7:52 PM  |  reply

    Any idea why I wouldn’t be able to add flickr images/links? When I try to add a link I just get the spinning “loading” wheel. It never adds.

    • posted on Apr 06, 2011 at 8:38 PM  |  reply

      I have received one other report of this, but haven’t been able to replicate it yet.

      If it takes longer than 15 seconds for Flickr to respond, you should receive an error message in WP Flickr Background that it was unable to contact Flickr. Are you seeing any error messages at all, including perhaps errors reported by your browser (ie., script errors, etc)?

      Also, could you let me know what web server configuration you are using (ie., Linux / Windows + Apache or other) and the browser you tried this with? You can use the contact form (see links at the top) to e-mail me those details directly and confidentially.


  12. posted on Apr 05, 2011 at 8:53 PM  |  reply

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  13. Theo Hendriks
    posted on Apr 04, 2011 at 8:01 PM  |  reply

    I’cant save my configuration page to change for instance the frequency or something else.
    I’am using WP 3.1 and tried it in different browser.
    How can I solve this

    • posted on Apr 05, 2011 at 7:54 PM  |  reply

      I think I may have fixed the problem with version 1.1.1. Let me know if it has not, and I will investigate this further.

  14. fabrice
    posted on Mar 25, 2011 at 11:37 AM  |  reply

    Where is this [edited] “Read more detailed help” please ??

    • posted on Mar 25, 2011 at 5:16 PM  |  reply

      The help is in the form of tooltips, provided for each particular function or setting. If you need more assistance, feel free to ask and I’ll make sure they’ll also be clarified/expanded upon in a future release.

  15. posted on Mar 20, 2011 at 2:22 PM  |  reply

    I’ve been looking for a plugin like this for some time! Question: is it possible to only change the background on a certain date? Perhaps some cool scheduler?

    Let me explain. I would like to change the background at the start of every season (autumn, winter, spring, summer). But I would also like to have a special background at the end of december (Christmas) and around Easter. Obviously it would be great if I could pre-load all the dates and images to display.

    Is this possible in the current release?

    • posted on Mar 20, 2011 at 10:59 PM  |  reply

      Although its not possible to do so with the current release, I certainly like the idea of it and will consider it in a future release. Thanks!

  16. aaron
    posted on Jan 20, 2011 at 9:50 PM  |  reply

    It would be great to have a non-flickr version where I could specify images in the site’s gallery.

    • posted on Mar 20, 2011 at 1:17 AM  |  reply

      Long overdue, but version 1.1 has been released today which allows you the option to specify non-Flickr images, e.g., those hosted on your own server or elsewhere. Enjoy! :)

  17. posted on Nov 26, 2010 at 4:48 PM  |  reply

    Hi and many thanks for this great extension in a first place!
    Is it possible to make the background images change more frequently than 15minutes?
    3 or 5 minutes would be great.
    Where in the code could I change it?
    Greets, Tomas

    • posted on Nov 26, 2010 at 5:09 PM  |  reply

      It’s possible by manually editing the file wp-content/plugins/wp-flickr-background/adm-configuration.php.

      You can then simply add one or more additional arrays to $change_freq_options (starting on line 47 in 1.0.3), taking example of the existing entries. Val is in minutes.

      Hope this helps!

  18. posted on Nov 24, 2010 at 9:56 PM  |  reply

    Is there a way to only show the random background on the main blogpage and not on the single post page?


    • posted on Nov 25, 2010 at 4:42 PM  |  reply

      There isn’t at the moment, but I’ll consider that for the next release.

      • posted on Nov 25, 2010 at 4:48 PM  |  reply

        Allright! Then i’ll wait until it is possible. To much of a noob to get into the html and css of my theme.

  19. Bf Miranda
    posted on Jul 24, 2010 at 5:19 PM  |  reply

    hi, i installed your plugin and created a gallery, but every time i try to upload an image from flickr, the loader tells me that theres a problem contacting flickr. What am i doing wrong? please help me

  20. pond
    posted on Jul 17, 2010 at 4:52 PM  |  reply

    heh… ignore that last comment… I see you actually have one. lol. I can figure that part out. The plugin is really nice

  21. pond
    posted on Jul 17, 2010 at 4:50 PM  |  reply

    heh… not that you haven’t done a marvelous job already… and if this is a rediculous amount of work please ignore it:

    But, would it be possible to have an opaque footer that scrolls with the page and scrolls over the background image when you get to the bottom of the page?

  22. posted on May 05, 2010 at 5:35 AM  |  reply


  23. nikijonesagency
    posted on Apr 08, 2010 at 9:18 PM  |  reply

    I’m having difficulty getting the images to show as the background… I’ve checked the disable theme background as well as manually disabling it in the CSS. However all I have is a white background. Any thoughts? http://naturalmilfordpa.com/

  24. Anonymous
    posted on Mar 30, 2010 at 6:51 PM  |  reply

    Ok, so I relaunched our site with your lovely plugin running and I really love how it looks, so many many thanks to you again!


  25. Mindy
    posted on Mar 24, 2010 at 4:32 PM  |  reply

    Is there a way to tile the backgrounds? I’m using a tilable pattern set and would love for them to tile/repeat instead of positioned or stretched. Maybe a workaround in the css?

  26. posted on Mar 03, 2010 at 9:46 AM  |  reply

    Very nice plugin. Is it possible to delete the box in the corner – name, photo by, license?

    • posted on Mar 03, 2010 at 7:49 PM  |  reply

      It is possible, but not in a straight forward manner at the moment. You can either edit the existing code or add a custom CSS style that hides the “#wpfbg_lic” div element (with “display:none !important”).

      The reason that I haven’t implemented an option to do this from the administration is to ensure proper attribution to photos according to Flickr’s terms and conditions. However, I’ll introduce an option to hide it in the next version, with an explanation about attribition.

    • posted on Mar 06, 2010 at 7:59 AM  |  reply

      Version 1.0.3 is now available, which gives you the option to hide the license and attribution box from the administration menu.

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  30. posted on Feb 26, 2010 at 10:57 PM  |  reply

    Does it have to be Flickr? I’d prefer to be able to use images from my own websites as a background. I’ve set it up manually on my current blog, but it’s nice to have a script/plugin that automatically does the setup for you without having to manually dig through the CSS. Plus, I like the fact that it dynamically changes the backgrounds.

    • posted on Feb 26, 2010 at 11:52 PM  |  reply

      It is specific for the use with Flickr, yes. However, I’ve taken note of your comments and I’ll see if its feasible to integrate that as an option into the plugin. Thanks!

      • v i l l i a n
        posted on Feb 27, 2010 at 11:51 AM  |  reply

        That would be great. If you could contact me if you release a version that can use its own images without flickr; I’d be grateful.

  31. Anonymous
    posted on Feb 26, 2010 at 4:50 AM  |  reply

    You sir are a god among men. I’ll send you a link once its up and running! LOVING your work.

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