WordPress.com blocks Flash, how about others?

Flash lockA couple of people have emailed me, complaining that my Flickr widget does not work on wordpress.com blogs. As it turns out (I didn’t know this because I host all my blogs myself), Automattic blocks a number of HTML tags, including every single one that could be (ab)used to display Flash movies. There’s a workaround that might work, but that’s far from ideal.

So how about Facebook, MySpace, TypePad and all the other things I don’t personally use? Has anyone tried adding my widget to any of these, or anywhere else of interest? Please leave a comment if you have and report whether it worked or not. I know that it works fine on Blogger, and I’ve just submited the widget to Hyves.nl, which is Holland’s biggest social network, to be considered for inclusion.


  1. Problems with WP-Cumulus
    Maybe blogger has blocked your WP-Cumulus.
    I´ve got this working in my blogs but now isn´t working.
    Best Regards

    Comment by Helder Gonçalves — April 15, 2009 @ 10:16 pm

  2. Like to try on my blog.Will that have any policy against other widget or google adsense account?Please advice

    Comment by Ari Lestariono — April 16, 2009 @ 4:35 am

    • @Ari: No restrictions. I can’t think of a reason you shouldn’t use this and adsense on the same page.

      Comment by Roy — April 17, 2009 @ 3:25 pm

  3. I love this widget. It works GREAT on Tumblr.

    Comment by Stephanie — April 16, 2009 @ 3:18 pm

  4. this is a real shit. its not workin. Instead, there’s no preview image of this gadget. ther’s no description bout the gadget. its really a shit. a big one

    Comment by Joe — April 20, 2009 @ 7:53 am

  5. The tag cloud in my Blogger blog just stopped working within the past three days…

    Comment by Diana — April 25, 2009 @ 8:02 pm

  6. Hi Diana. Do you know if this is true for all Blogger blogs?

    Comment by Roy — April 26, 2009 @ 10:07 pm

  7. It still don´t work. Everything was great but since begining of April it stops working on Blogger.

    Comment by Helder Gonçalves — April 29, 2009 @ 1:59 pm

  8. Great blog. I love your stuffs 🙂

    Comment by Jaco — May 28, 2009 @ 2:59 am

  9. Hi everyone 🙂

    from my side, the great flickr widget is not working in wordpress neither Flickr it self !!

    great blog brother Roy 🙂

    Comment by Ali — June 1, 2009 @ 3:29 pm

  10. now is the era of flash
    why would somebody block it from browser?

    Comment by afreegames — July 3, 2009 @ 10:15 pm

  11. Hi Roy

    I love the widget and use on my deborah.dk site. I’m now setting up an additional site on WordPress.com and it’s not working. Can you do anything about it, since that’s one of the best things to have for my photos? Have a nice weekend.

    Comment by Deborah — January 13, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

    • I’m sorry, but I have no control over wp.com’s atitude towards Flash.

      Comment by Roy — January 16, 2012 @ 3:57 pm