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I suddenly got slammed working on client blogs, which is a good thing. It’s exciting to get to know people and find out more about their amazing projects. Most of these people are so busy creating and running their businesses, they don’t have time to learn the nuances of blogging. They outsource it to someone like me. Some of these people already their blog installed but were left to figure out what to do with them once their installer had left the building. For those out there left holding the bag, here are a few tips.
Copying and Pasting Your Posts From Microsoft Word
There is a button on your WordPress Visual editor with a W on it. You need to use it to insert your text into your post. If you are cutting and pasting from Microsoft Word, do not paste it directly into your blog post. This will cause all sorts of weird code to show up that will make your post look wanky. It can also eventually mess up your blog. Or, better yet, use NOTEPAD, or another plain text editor, to completely strip out the code and then insert it into your post.
I just launched a terrific blog for a client. It had previously been installed by someone else. About 10 blog posts had been published before I came one. I discovered that they had uploaded some huge images. When I moved the blog to another host, those images ballooned up in the blog archives.
When you take a picture with a digital camera, generally the images are somewhere around 2500 to 4000 pixels wide with a resolution of 300. What you want for the web is a much smaller image. 200 to 600 pixels is about the right size. A very easy free tool to size your images is called Ifanview. http://www.irfanview.com/ Download it off the Internet. All you really need to know to size an image is:
Open Image – This opens your image from your computer.
Click Image on the top menu – Click Resize/Resample
Change the width or height of your image. If you change the width to 300, the program will automatically configure the height, depending on your Image.
Where it says DPI, change the number to 72. This is a perfect resolution for the web.
Under File click SAVE (to replace your original picture) or SAVE AS (to save it as a separate file).
You can either upload it into your blog using Media (located on the left of the blog dashboard) Click Add New. Or upload your image directly into your post using the first little box next to Upload/Insert on your visual editor.
NONE – the image will be set to the left and the text will not wrap around it.
LEFT – the image will be set to the left and the text will wrap around it.
CENTER – Center of page
RIGHT – the image will be set to the right with the text wrapped around it.
To adjust the size click the image and then click the iconthat looks like a picture. Decrease or increase the image by the percentages it shows. To add padding or a border, click advanced. I usually put a 20 where it says horizontal space so the image h
as space away from the text.
To delete an image, click the image in the post editor and click on the icon that is a RED circle with a line through it.
Replace the name of the photo using important keywords. Google will not pick up a photo named March-28-98065-12.jpg
In general save your images as .png files. They are best for archiving and also for adding transparencies.
Use a plugin called SMUSH IT to even further reduce the size of your images when you upload so that your blog will run faster.
Now start posting!
If you would like help learning to operate your WordPress blog or need your blog installed, give Rebecca a call at 818-515-7880