WordPress Tips

Changes to Media Library
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WordPress has improved the Media Library screens.

You can now view the images in a grid, filter them by upload month, and by type (image, audio, and video):

Inserting Media from Other Providers
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Did you know that you can insert images, video, and audio housed elsewhere into your WordPress page?

The process is called embedding.  WordPress can embed a wide variety of files from other providers, including:

  • YouTube, Hulu, TED talk, and Vimeo videos
  • Flickr images
  • SlideShare.net slideshows

You can see the full list of providers on this webpage:



Resizing Images
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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.

Where to Find Images for Your WordPress Sites
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Sooner or later, we all want to add images to our WordPress websites.

This article at WPMU offers suggestions on where to find images.

Note: while I think there is solid information in the article, this does not mean that we are endorsing WPMU’s plugins.


Customizing the Rotating Banner at the Top of the Page
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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
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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.