Uploading Multimedia to Your Blog, Lesson # 11

WordPress allows users to upload images, documents, videos, and even audio files into blog posts. YouTube videos can also be incorporated. WordPress has a comprehensive tutorial and support area focusing on adding media to your blog. Another page in this area lists the approved file types.

Image from WordPress support site.

Locate the upload insert media menu — icons just above the editing bars and to the right of the words Upload/Insert. Moving from left to right, the symbols are for uploading images (inside the red square), video, audio, general media, polls, and custom forms.

Most of these files can be uploaded from any storage device, and if your file is in a format that WordPress cannot process, you will get a warning when you try to upload. For word processing documents and PDF’s, I use the “add media (star) icon.” In my post, A Cell Phone is Fun, but It’s Not a Toy, I’ve added a link to a word processing document at the end of the second paragraph. The cell phone contract file downloads when a user clicks on the link, just like downloading any other word processing file. PDF’s generally just open.

YouTube videos are even easier to incorporate, though the process can sometimes require a user to try to upload more than once. WordPress lets you copy the YouTube address (URL — you don’t need to bother with the embed code) and simply insert that address into your text.  Check out this YouTube support page for more info. I have found this method works most of the time, though sometimes YouTube links are glitchy, and I don’t understand why. Check out this post on my As Our Parents Age blog, to see a YouTube video that I uploaded right into the content. Your own short movies will not have the same glitches. FLIP camera video works well.

All uploaded media reside in your blog’s media library, listed in upload order. The media library is searchable by month and file type, as well as by file name, and files can be reused.

When you double-click on a graphic, depending on the type, WordPress allows a blogger to edit, crop, resize, and rotate images. Learn more about image editing.

Once you have uploaded a file, but before it is actually inserted into the blog post, a user makes certain formatting decisions — for instance whether the file will be right, left, or center justified, or whether to make the image into a link. WordPress grays out an image size, and you cannot select it, if it is not suitable to upload well at that particular height and width.

To make the image into a link, copy the link that you want to use and paste it into the space labeled LINK URL. When blog visitor clicks on the  image link in your post, it connects with the designated website.

Another feature, one that I’ve seen used but never tried myself (thought I want to), is the media gallery for multiple images.  it’s possible to make a photo gallery on a separate page. Check out the instructions.

Read this tutorial to learn how to make a photo gallery into a slide show.


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