I’m not technically inclined and don’t choose to learn how to use perplexing photo editing programs. Instead I use several free online image editing programs frequently. If GIMP gives you headaches and photshop confuses you, try FotoFlexer. The ease of use and the variety of features brings me back to FotoFlexer time and again. Continue reading
Reblogging is a controversial issue that always brings lots of comments. Staff have published a post providing some reblogging etiquette tips that I do recommend reading. But I`m not looking for comments as much as I am looking for answers from Staff, who have my comment in moderation.
Does your blog visitors becoming offsite readers worry you? I’m asking because the WordPress.com Reader is becoming the new black and will continue to be fleshed out like a magazine – a magazine with full posts and sharing features, so readers don’t have to bother to click into blogs at all. Continue reading
A month ago a closed sticky post in the support forums featured the surprise announcement Zemanta dashboard integration was removed from WordPress.com. Yet some WordPress.com bloggers are still wondering where suggested related content (images, links, related articles, and tags) in their dashboard went. Continue reading
Here’s a selection of posts from my Images and Media category to help you enhance your blog or website with visual content including free individual images, collages, montages and galleries. Continue reading
There are thousands of free photos available online and stock images do not have a negative impact on search engine rankings. So don’t let the lack of a camera prevent you from enhancing your posts with individual high resolution public domain pictures and/or collages. Continue reading
You can freshen your blog appearance in many ways that reflect seasonal changes and holidays that range from changing themes temporarily to less dramatic decorative changes to the theme you are using now. Consult your calendar and unleash your creativity to transmit your brand to your readership through seasonal events, holidays and special occasions. Continue reading
WordPress.com Staff are continually working to improve our user experience. The result of their latest work is a welcome media update change to the way WordPress resizes images when theme changes are made. Continue reading
A long awaited and very cool addition to the WordPress.com widget collection has arrived.
Originally posted on Random Acts of Photography:
Imagine my delight today to find that WordPress.com has added an official Gallery widget that you can add to any widget area on your site (sidebar or footer). Have a look below to see the new widget in action.
While there’s no official Support doc yet, adding and using the widget is pretty straightforward. Just add it to a widget area, open it and select “Add Images” to choose images from your Media Library and create a new Gallery. Select which Gallery type you want displayed and what the images should link to and save. Couldn’t be easier!
Thank you WordPress.com!
(and Thank You Google Alerts!)
Update: The official Support document is now available!
The question posed to Matt Cutts of Google’s anit-spam team was, “Does using stock photos on your pages have a negative effect on rankings?”
View the answer here via Google’s Matt Cutts: Stock Images Do Not Impact Search Engine Rankings.
Do you think using stock images is an indicator of the quality of the content on any site that’s not a photoblogging site? If so why and if not then why not?
If you are a WordPress.com blogger who wants to provide your visitors with the ability to print out part of your posts, such as but not limited to, recipes, assignments,instructions or the like this post provides several ways you can do that. Continue reading
This is a mini Photoshop tutorial that contains a larger lesson: when you paint yourself into a corner, you can sometimes paint your way out of it. That’s good to know if you’re an illustrator who sometimes makes poor color choices. via Mark Armstrong Illustration | Because Nothing Succeeds Like Humor And Good Illustration.
Roughly a week ago Google began rolling out their new Image Search. That roll-out is live now worldwide but not everyone is happy with the streamlined Google image search result. Webmasters are not pleased that searchers can get the high resolution image in search results, rather than having to click through to the source to see that high resolution image. Continue reading
Size is everything. Lack of image preparation prior to upload leads to loss of image quality, waste of upload space and the frustration involved in troubleshooting. Worse still, it can lead to creating a bad experience for your readers. Take note of this timely post titled How Big Am I – GIF, JPEG, PNG and learn how to prepare your images prior to uploading them. Continue reading
As an early Hanukkah/Christmas/Kwanzaa gift to us all WordPress.com changed the entire format for image uploading, editing, creating slideshows and galleries.
WordPress.com launched new style layout options for photo galleries that allows users to create magazine-style mosaic layouts. When adding a gallery to a post or page we can select Rectangular, Square, and Circular gallery layouts. Panos (justpi) of WordPress Tips came up a quick method for creating multiple galleries on blogs with themes that support Custom Menus. So get ready to combine the two to make some beautiful galleries featuring your best photos in fine fashion.
The WordPress.com Gallery feature has had another makeover. You can now choose to display your “thumbnails” as circles or as squares rather than the default thumbnails, which until now have been either landscape or portrait according to your uploaded image. Read about it and view some samples here > Circles, Squares and Mosaics! The Gallery Feature Gets Another Makeover and here > Shapes and Mosaics: New Ways of Displaying Your Gallery Thumbnails
Looking for inspiration? Images add visual interest to posts and SEO value. Do you need a free wallpaper, background, header image or illustration for your blog or website? Do you want to get the most out of image search? The quick and easy way to find free images you have permission to use is by searching for public domain images or those under the Creative Commons license. Here are seven free sources I recommend. Continue reading
Eight months ago the WordPress.com image carousel made its debut. That first iteration of the carousel made it possible for an image gallery to display a set of thumbnail images attached to a particular post or page. The gallery shortcode could also be used to display the post or page’s gallery. Now the improved version 2 of the carousel is avaliable to WordPress.com users and to WordPress.org users via the Jetpack 1.5 with Carousel plugin.
If you haven’t yet to discover this excellent resource on working with galleries in WordPress.com blogs then do yourself a favor and visit Random Acts of Photography AKA Not The Official WordPress.com Gallery FAQ. It’s been updated and contains the answers to almost every carousel and gallery related question you can ask.
I’ve enjoyed the ease of switching themes to one I’ve used before and having my header images fetched from the Media Library for me. I’ve also wished same was the case with background images and I’m going to my wish, along with legions of other WordPress users. Continue reading
For times when you need to edit photos on a computer that is not yours, the best idea is to use a Web application that can edit photos. One of our new favorites is PicMonkey. via Edit Photos Online without Graphic Editing Software. Continue reading
You may find that images you re-size after uploading into your WordPress.com blog lose some color and sharpness. 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. Continue reading