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11 quick steps to insert images in WordPress–the right way — 3 Comments

  1. Hey Ellen – nice post! I’m curious why you keep the dashes in the alt field. Also, I always add my name to the alt field for even more SEO. That way the image will come up in a search for my name and direct people to the post.

    Also, is it better for page load times to size the image to your preferred size before you upload it?

    Love what you do!

  2. Hi Phyllis!
    Regarding the dashes, it’s just to not have to make any changes. The dashes are in the file name, because the web server will add them anyway, or those ugly %20 characters.
    Interesting thought about your name — I’ve never heard of that but it sounds like a good idea, especially if you think people search for your name.
    Regarding page loading, I’m not sure about sizing it in WordPress as I’ve described. But manually resizing it in the post by dragging the corner DOES slow down load times. there’s a program called Yahoo Smush It that I’ve read raves about for speeding up loading times of images. Unfortunately, it seems to be a very manual process, so it would be time-consuming for you do use it yourself.

  3. Hi Ellen
    If you’re using a PC, there’s a free tool called Image Resizer. It adds a right-click menu item in which you can choose a standard or custom size. So just right-click the image, choose the size and bingo – the correctly sized image. You just need to know your standard content column width.

    I’ve used much of your procedure with a few tweaks.

    For myself, I found the rich images of Flickr a treat. I’d do a custom search for the right Creative Commons licensing to use it free. I’d paste a small table into my WP code, paste the image into the top cell, then paste a line of text and links into the cell below. This would include the photographers name and link and the CC license and link. I kept a little text file with the code and CC links to make this quick.

    Many I notice include just a link back to the photographer using the picture itself. For the reasons you mention above, I think this is a mistake. For one, it takes people away. And for 2, it doesn’t actually acknowledge the author properly. The Internet is rife with misused images.

    But yeah – this does take time. I’ve also made a number of custom images. And it does take server space to host the image. While you can link the image from elsewhere, you’re then depending on them to keep it that way.

    I don’t use Microsoft Office so don’t have that clipart library. But it wouldn’t suit my needs anyway. I used to have a massive and excellent Corel clipart collection but I rarely used it in practice.

    Oh – another handy tool for working with images quickly. XnView has a free “Shell” tool – right click will show you a thumbnail, the image size and bit depth and a quick menu to rotate, convert format, etc. You can adjust settings so most of it is in a sub-menu and doesn’t fill your list. Quickly knowing the pixel size of the image is key to know if needs resizing and will fit.

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