Resizing Images

Images seem so simple in Word and PowerPoint.

You import or paste an image, drag to resize it, and you’re good to go.


Not so much.  Word and PowerPoint hide a lot of complexity from you.  That can bite you if you try to work the same way in WordPress with images that you did in Word.

Read our article on resizing images to learn how resolution works, and an easy way to resize images so they’ll fit well inside your WordPress page.

Customizing the Rotating Banner at the Top of the Page

Sites that use Twenty Eleven randomly rotate a set of default images in the banner area.

You have three options for the banner: (see Appearance..Header on the Dashboard menu)

  • use the randomly rotating images, but upload your own photos
        (see Appearance..Header on the Dashboard menu)
  • use a fixed banner (like Dreamweaver) that appears on every page in the site
        (see Appearance..Header on the Dashboard menu)
  • upload a default image, then set other banner images on a page-by-page basis
        (see handout How to Match the Header Image with the Page Topic)

Did You Know: You Can Upload a Photo or File Once, then Link Many Times

Most of us tend to be page-centric when working in WordPress. 

If we’re working on Page A, we upload a file right there.  But a month later, we work on page D, and upload the same file – again.  We wind up with two copies on the server.

Another complicating factor is that you would think to link to a file, you click the link button on the Toolbar.  Unfortunately, that’s not how the software works; you have to click the Upload/Insert button, choose the file from the Media library, then click a different button that you’re used to (see this handout for details).

You can use the Media Library to see what photos and files you and your other lab members have already uploaded.  This helps you stay within your website’s disk quota. 

You can access the Media Library from the WordPress Dashboard menu by clicking Media.