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
When it comes to bringing search engine traffic to blogs, images do that. Search terms ie. keywords people type into search engines can result in traffic to your images as well as to your posts. That’s why learning how to optimize images for Google search is an important skill for bloggers to acquire. Continue reading