What? WordPress automatically compresses JPEG images? This might be news to you. When images are uploaded to WordPress, it will automatically compress jpeg files to 90% of the original. More than likely this is intended to help your pages load faster and keep file sizes smaller. Do you really miss that extra 10% with the high quality of digital images today?
There’s a very simple, yet insanely useful plugin that recently showed up in the WordPress plugin repository. Require Featured Image does exactly what it says – it restricts every user from publishing a post unless they have uploaded a featured image.
The images you include on your website are probably more powerful than the content you write. People are very impatient when it comes to reading these days, but the right images will make visitors more likely to read your content and make a genuine connection.
Finding great images for your site is easy if you know where to look. We’ve put together a roundup of the best places to find free, high quality stock images for use on your WordPress site.
There are many different reasons users might want to change the default upload directory in WordPress. It makes it possible to host images on a subdomain for performance reasons, which can also make backups more efficient. People also sometimes change this directory in order to create a different URL structure and organization for their media files.
Before WordPress 3.5 you used to be able to change the upload directory path from the Settings menu in the dashboard. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy anymore, but it’s still possible.
How to change the default media upload directory
A quick search through the plugins at wordpress.org will turn up several photo plugins for BuddyPress but none with the comprehensive list of features offered by the rtMedia plugin. Previously known as BuddyPress Media, it has been completely re-written and has re-launched with the new rtMedia branding.
Blog writing can involve a lot of blood, sweat and tears, unless you’re one of those magical people who can tap out an insightful post with inexplicable ease or some kind of deus ex machina intervention.
Not only do you have to come up with a decent topic to write about, there’s also writing the damn thing and then coming up with a catchy headline.
It’s a happy day in the world of WordPress. The 3.5 “Elvin” release is now ready for download. Yes, that’s right, the 3.5 release has been dubbed “Elvin” – not as in elves but rather named for jazz drummer Elvin Jones. Curious about what’s new? Here’s a quick summary:
WordPress Media Completely Re-Envisioned
This release includes massive changes to the WordPress media library. You’re simply going to love how easy it is to add new media to WordPress. It provides a totally new experience for uploading photos and creating galleries.
New Twenty Twelve Default Theme
There are 2 ways to upload images into your WordPress site – through the post/page image uploader or through the media library.
Both place images into your overall media library; and both give you the ability to drag and drop upload multiple images at once.
So what’s the difference and which one should you use? Good questions.
Most people add images into a post using the Add/Insert button located just above the post/page editor. This gives you the ability to upload files from your computer, a web url, or from inside your media library.
If your website is driven by your creative media, be it photos, videos or audio files, the last thing you want to see is your hard work being used without your consent. The Sell Media plugin for WordPress gives you a way to sell, license and protect your precious media, with no fees. Absolutely free!
Sell Media is a neat and easy way for photographers, videographers, musicians and artists to organize their content in their WordPress sites and start turning a profit instead of turning out unlicensed content for digital ne’er-do-wells.
Ensuring that your site looks good, loads fast and is easy to navigate is great. It becomes essential when users view it on the smaller screens of their mobile devices. Using a responsive WordPress theme is one way to ensure that your content adapts to those screens.
However, sometimes media stubbornly refuses to resize itself properly to fit those smaller screens. If media on your site is not resizing properly when viewing on smaller screens, you’re gonna love these responsive WordPress plugins!