Shashin 2.4 Available at

Beta testing is done, and Shashin 2.4 is now available for download at The beta version was downloaded 54 times and no bugs were reported. For a description of the new features, see the post announcing the beta version. Russian and Dutch translations are included in the new release. Thank you to everyone who helped with the translations and with testing.

I’m almost done updating Post to Post Links II error: No post found with slug "shashin-wordpress-plugin". I’ve finished documenting the most important new features. I’ll finish the rest in the next few days.

If you encounter any problems or have any questions, please add a comment to this post.


  1. dr May 30, 2009

    I entered this on a new page and the image works fine and the album shows up. However, when I click the album there are no pictures.
    [salbumthumbs=pub_date desc,3,y,n,center]

  2. anung May 30, 2009

    thanks Mike

  3. sloweye May 31, 2009

    Hi Mike,

    Thanks for a great plug-in.

    I noticed one problem when trying to set it up to work with a child theme (I’m using Thematic with a custom child theme.)

    The plugin is using TEMPLATEPATH on lines 685 and 696 of Shashin.php which I think is sending the plugin looking for the parent theme folder to verify that Shashin.css is present. Switching to the STYLESHEETPATH constant fixed the problem for me and got the plugin working with the custom shashin.css in my child theme directory.

  4. Mike June 1, 2009

    Hi dr- my guess is the problem probably has to do with how Shashin is interacting with your permalink structure. Please give me a link to your site so I can take a look.

  5. Mike June 1, 2009

    Thanks for letting me know sloweye. I’ll switch to using STYLESHEETPATH in the next release.

  6. sloweye June 1, 2009

    Cool- Thanks Mike!
    I actually missed one thing in my comment above: the calls to the get_bloginfo template tag on line 687 and 696 needs to be changed as well– change ‘template_directory’ to ‘stylesheet_directory’

    sorry about the omission, and thanks again.

  7. DM June 3, 2009

    Quick question (and my apologies if already asked and answered):

    I am trying to instantiate Shashin [srandom] with the same information multiple times in a single page (as an alternate to the hr tag) to separate a very long story into manageable chunks. When published, the page looks fantastic with the exact look and layout I am looking for, but upon clicking a thumbnail, the picture shows full size with navigation buttons, along with additional navigation bars for all the other instantiations (in my case times 10) at the top of the screen.

    Any ideas? Or am I trying to squeeze a square peg into a round hole?
    If you would like to see an example, please contact me directly for a URL.

    Thanks in advance for the assistance —


  8. photo pingalerie June 6, 2009

    please forgive my bad English.

    I am very enthusiastic by your Plugin and would like to say large praise and thanks.

    You can render please support to me. I would like to attach navigation in the miniature overview above and below. What do I have to do? Here my web page:

    Thank you and many greetings

  9. Prasad June 6, 2009

    Thanks Mike!
    Perhaps the best tools around! I was about to spend a lot of time writing custom code to read out the Picasa feed and display a photo gallery. Shashin works great on WP 2.7.1
    Btw, out of curiosity, what does Shashin mean?

    Also, I’ve used a custom front page (created my own index.php). The Random Images plugin there does not use HighSlide but instead opens the link in Picasa? That’s too bad for me since my posts pages jazzily open up the images whereas my welcome page goes to Picasa. Can you please help?

    Thanks again.

  10. Jim Reitz June 7, 2009

    Michael – thanks as always for your hard work on Shashin. After using Shashin – here’s one feature I’d love to see:

    RANDOM PHOTO FEATURE – my friends and family like seeing the random photo that I have displaying in the WP sidebar. Several of them have asked “How do I find which album that photo is from, so I can see more of them?”. Would be nice if there was some way to display the name of the containing album, along with a link to open that album.

    Is this feasible? Seems like it would depend on how easy it is to inject HTML into a Highslide caption. Thanks again…

  11. Occasio Gee June 8, 2009

    For some reason my site is not recognizing the tag. Any idea what I’m missing

  12. Mike June 8, 2009

    For anyone curious about DM’s question, he and I are emailing each other to figure out what’s happening with the random photos on his site. So far it seems to be unique to how he is using Shashin. I’ll post an update when it’s resolved.

  13. Mike June 8, 2009

    Hi pingalerie – the Highslide documentation lists above and below as options for positioning the navbar (that it, placing it completely above or below the photo itself, which is what I think you’re asking), but in my testing I was not able to get it to work.

  14. photo pingalerie June 8, 2009

    Hi Mike,
    exactly, my question was: I can attach a navigation-led above and down to the next and previous side.

    Much it harms that it did not also funktiniert unfortunately with you. Nevertheless I am very enthusiastic by your Plugin and thank you for the fast answer and your efforts.

    I wish still another beautiful day and many greetings from Berlin

  15. Mike June 8, 2009

    Hi Prasad and Jim – I haven’t forgotten you – I’ve had a busy few days, and I’ll check into your questions tomorrow.

  16. Mike June 8, 2009

    Hi Ocassio – please show me exactly how you’re using the tag so I can try to help you.

  17. Mike June 10, 2009

    Hi Prasad – can you show me the code you’re using for the random images in your index.php file? If you selected “Use Highslide” on the Shashin settings page, then it should use Highslide for displaying your random pictures. Are you sure you’re not trying to display album thumbnails? I ask because the only time this settings does not apply is when you have album thumbnails in your sidebar. In that case Shashin points to the the album at Picasa, since it wouldn’t be practical to try loading all the album thumbnails in the sidebar.

  18. Mike June 10, 2009

    Hi Jim – Shashin has an option to display the name of the album in the photo caption, but currently the album title is not linked. But it’s a good idea to make it a link. I’ll add this to the to-do list for the next version. If you’d like to edit your current version of Shashin to do this, let me know, and I’ll help you with the code.

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