WordPress post guide part 2
In the first part of this series I showed you how to access the WordPress dashboard and create a new post. Once you’ve added a title and some main content to your post you might want to spruce things up with some nice pictures or a video.
You may already have some pictures saved locally on your hard drive but should you require some pictures for your website you can grab some royalty free images (at a cost) from iStockphoto or for free at sites like Picjumbo or Unsplash. Either way be careful you have permission to use whatever images you decide on.
Your image or video will appear in the post where you place the cursor just as it would in any regular word processor. To add an image to a post just select the ‘Add Media’ button and you’ll be taken to a new window where you can either select a file that is already uploaded to your media library or upload a new file. Go ahead and select ‘Upload Files’ and then choose the ‘Select Files’ button where you can browse to where your image file is saved locally on your hard drive.
When the file is uploaded you will be presented with a few options on the right hand side. The default title will be the actual file name of your image. Feel free to change it to a more appropriate name as this will help should you need to search for the image in your media library. You can add a ‘Caption’ that will appear under the image on your published post and both ‘Alt Text’ and ‘Description’ that can be helpful for page ranking if you use appropriate keywords. You will also be given ‘Alignment’ options that will affect how the image appears in your post. ‘Left’ and ‘Right’ alignment will alter the placement of the next section of text as the text will align beside the image (see below) where as choosing ‘Centre’ will place the image in the middle of it’s current row but not affect any text. The default option is ‘None’ and will leave the image aligned to the left hand side but not affect the text as is the case in this post.
You will also be presented with three size options: Thumbnail, Medium and Full Size. When you upload an image wordpress will always save the file in these three sizes. These sizes are preset in the settings tab and are by default set as:
• Thumbnail – 150px x 150px
• Medium – 300px x 300px
• Large – 1024px x 1024px
WordPress will scale your images if they aren’t quite square so you could end up with a thumbnail of 150px x 120px for example.
When the image is inserted you can click on it once in the post and you will see some small icons. You can align the image here or select the edit icon and this will open some extra settings. By default your image will be assigned a link to open in full size on its own webpage. You can change the ‘Link To’ option to ‘None’ if you want to disable this option.
To include a video file such as a youtube video in your post just copy the url (website address) of the file into your post and the video will automatically appear.
You can add a featured image for your post that will usually appear on the main news, blog or project page along with your post title. This really depends on how your website theme is setup. Some themes offer the option to include recent posts as a widget in the footer of your site and the thumbnail they will show beside the title of your post will be the featured image. To add one just click on ‘Featured Image’ on the right hand side of your post page and select the image in the same way you would for an image appearing in the main post. You will notice that there are fewer options on the right hand side as the alignment and size options are predetermined by the theme you are using. My website has featured images on the main Blog page displayed with the title.
That’s it. You should have enough info now to start creating your own wordpress posts. WordPress can be customised even further by enabling plugins to add fancy photo galleries to posts and to allow your readers to share posts to social networks.
Feel free to contact me if you want any help with your wordpress projects!