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WordPress Blogs: Making Photos Look Good So You Look Good

My Grandmothers red photo albumHas your blog ever felt like format is running amok? A blog can get a little untamed, especially when a newbie blogger posts photos. Blogs are actually highly structured with lots of rules to make them look good without having to put extra work into it every time you post. There are a couple tricks to remember to make photos look great on your WordPress blog… every time.

Size does matter on a blog! If you post a photo that’s too wide it’s likely it will overtake the page when it’s viewed online. It’s an easy trap for the newbie blogger because almost always the dashboard’s editing box is much larger than area reserved for your post online– Of course it looks great until you post it online!

You can take preventative measure before posting. Start by familiarizing yourself with the maximum image width your blog will accommodate. On the dashboard, select MEDIA from the SETTINGS link in the left menu. This is where you’ll find the maximum image width.

When you insert a photo from the WordPress Media Library, look at the size options and select the option that is the same size or less than the maximum image width allowed.

Still having problems with wide photos? Then perhaps the maximum image width setting is too big. Go back to MEDIA in the SETTINGS menu and reset the maximum– 450px to 500px is a good place start.

Becoming aware of image width makes it easier too for imports form the hottest visual websites. When importing photos from Flickr.com (see Using Eye-Catching Photos from Flickr on Your WordPress Blog ) you’ll know to select a width that is less than or equal to the maximum image width on your blog. Knowing the maxium width makes it easier too to select the correct width of video to embed on a post.

Vanessa Wood

I'm Vanessa Wood. I was an early adopter of WordPress and continue to build beautiful WordPress websites in CT. I'm working directly with clients and through marketing agencies to create new highly customized, business WordPress websites. I knit while I'm on hold and listen to punk rock.

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