As an early Hanukkah/Christmas/Kwanzaa gift to us all WordPress.com changed the entire format for image uploading, editing, creating slideshows and galleries.
Image editing – We can still rotate and crop the images after they have been uploaded by following the image editing guide.
Note: If you want better image quality use an image editing application to re-size copies of your images to the specific dimensions required then upload and insert those copies. Cropper or Proper Image Preparation
Featured images - Featured Images, the ability to designate a Featured Image after upload is gone at the moment, but Staff are working on bringing it back. In the interim, we can still set a featured image via the old method for setting featured images.
Note: If you don’t see the Featured Image module on your Add New or Edit Post page, please make sure you’ve selected Featured Image in your Screen Options.
Title tag and ALT tag – “Having both title and ALT on an image is redundant and can hurt SEO, so title was retired. The current cascade is to ignore title and to use alt. If ALT is empty then caption is used. If both ALT and caption are empty then title is used as the fallback.
Basically, we’re trying to improve accessibility and play nicely with screen readers. There is one more fix coming that will improve the alt-caption-title fallback when sending to the editor so that those who invested in title and left caption and alt blank will have their titles show in the alt attribute.”
Note: Alternate text (ALT) attribute is for situations when an image cannot be loaded and also assists visually impaired people who use apps to read ALT attribute, so what’s in a picture is known. Get the Most Out of Image Search
Slideshows – There are still changes to be made such as bringing the slideshow button back. In the interim you can still create slideshows using the slideshow shortcode, provided that the images have already been uploaded through the post or page.
Setting order on a new slideshow:
- Add slideshow images to the Media Library
- Attach each image one by one to the post
- Add your slideshow shortcode to the post
- The images will display in the same order you attached them to the post
- Add images one at a time to a post using the Add Media button
- Wait until one image is done uploading before uploading the next one
- Add your slideshow shortcode to the post.
- The images will display in the same order you uploaded them to the post
Galleries – We can now do the following:
- reorder images
- randomize their order
- reverse their order
Uploading documents - You now have to to change “Link To” to “Media File” or the document will not be linked to the anchor text you use.
I’m so happy that I changed themes and create featured images prior to this latest surprise! I have had a very stressful work week. I chose to simply read forum threads and post what I discovered in them above.
How are you readers making out with the WordPress.com Media Makeover?