How to Add Images in Your Post Content

Round beach rocks in shade - photography by Brent VanFossen.Images, graphics, photographs, drawings, cartoons, badges…our websites are filled with imagery.

This article addresses the techniques used by WordPress for aligning images and image sizing and links in published content. Check your publishing platform for their methods.

Image Terminology in WordPress

There are several terms we need to develop to help you understand how images are used in WordPress. The most important terms describe the images within WordPress based upon how they are used and generated: original image, published image, media file, and attachment image.

The image uploaded to your site is called the original image or image file. When uploaded to WordPress, a minimum of three sizes are automatically created and stored in the wp-content/uploads/ directory on the server. The images are grouped by year then month by default.

The image sizes available for displaying in your content are thumbnail, medium, and full-size. Depending upon the image’s original size, large and x-large may be available. Full-size is the original uploaded image size.

When an image is used on a web page in WordPress, it is typically viewed within the content area of a post or Page. For the sake of this tutorial, we will called this the published image. WordPress makes available the three size options by default.

Image Sizes and Links

WordPress Media Uploader featuring multiple images - screencap by Lorelle VanFossen.

The WordPress Media Uploader redesigned in 2012 now features Attachment Display Settings options. They include setting the alignment of the image, the size of the published image, and the Link To feature. Continue reading

Exploring the New WordPress Media Manager

WordPress 3.5 is due December 5, 2012, and brings with it the new Media Manager, a much anticipated improvement to the Media Uploader and Media Library in WordPress.

Check Out the New Media Manager in WordPress is an extensive article and review I’ve published on . It features a step-by-step tutorial on using the new Media Manager for uploading and managing your images, video, and audio on WordPress, as well as a few of the unusual quirks in the new feature.

If you have a site, you will be able to test drive the new WordPress Media Manager. Those with the self-hosted version of WordPress will need to wait until December 5 when WordPress 3.5 is released or become a beta tester.

Lorelle VanFossen at Clark College 30 Clicks Talking Podcasting

The 30 Clicks program at Clark College is a lunch-time presentation on the web and web and mobile technologies. It’s free to the public and students to bring their lunch into the library and learn more about how the modern world is working on the web. Topics include social media, web publishing, marketing, resume building, and multimedia.

Today, I’m tackling the art of podcasting with a examples of podcasts and tips and techniques on podcasting.

I’ve put the slideshow in a PDF Handout on Podcasting.

The following are links you should know about for podcasting.

Podcasting Articles, Tips, and Techniques

Podcasting Audio Editing Software

Podcast Hosting for Audio

Podcast Hosting for Video

Class Interviews Coming Up Soon


The Winter Clark College CTEC 280 Introduction to WordPress class will be working on creating multimedia posts in WordPress coming very soon. Dig out your digital cameras and recorders and bring them to class. If you have ones to share, bring those. I’ll be announcing when soon.

If you currently have a video hosting service like YouTube, Vimeo, Daily Motion, etc., bring password access with you for uploading video.

NOTE: Currently, the computers in the room only connect via USB, so bring USB connectors (and extra batteries or chargers).

Example of a Gallery Post in WordPress

This is an example of how to create a gallery in WordPress. There are a variety of options you have with the gallery shortcode on and self-hosted versions of WordPress.

The following images are from the morning of January 17, 2012, when a snow storm moved into the Pacific Northwest and dumped almost a foot or more on the 1000+ foot elevations, including us in North Plains, Oregon, in the Coastal Mountain foothills. Photographs are by Lorelle and Brent VanFossen.