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(WP) Media

Non-text parts of your blog that you can edit, insert into posts and pages and generally use to enhance your readers’ experience. Usually audio, video or images.

Library

In the Media Library, an overview of all types of media added to the blog appears–pictures, PDFs, videos, mp3s and so on. On this page, you can edit in bulk or add new media.

If you have a lot of media you know you will be including in posts or pages, it may be easy to upload them all here instead of doing it while writing the post. You can do it while writing the post too, but it may interrupt your work flow/writing process.

Tip: any time you are uploading images from your computer, you canĀ  upload multiple items by holding Ctrl (or Command on a Mac) while you click each item.

 

Adding Media to posts

To incorporate media to your posts, click one of the icons to ‘Upload/insert’ above your typing space.

The icons have different types, but all bring up the same dialogue. Click whatever you like and you will get the view in the second picture.

You can select Media Library to select from items you’ve already uploaded to your account. Using the URL option will add an image directly from its location on the web–be careful with this! Make sure you have the rights to the image you are linking to, or that it is free to use! From computer will do just what it sounds like–files that you have on your computer.

Note the indication of the maximum file upload size. You can’t upload a file larger than 32MB, but you can store more than 32MB in your account.

After you’ve uploaded your image, you’ll get the view below (click for a larger image). It may be collapsed, so if you don’t see the options for title and so forth, click the button in the red rectangle to expand it.

Shows the options for editing uploaded images, including alt text, size, title and a button to insert into the post.

Green rectangle: The alt text field is a very important field for ensuring your site provides equal access to people with disabilities. The alt text for an image is what you see when you hold your mouse over an object, but do not click. It should be used to describe what the image is showing.

Yellow rectangle: Captions can be used to add a bit of text that will appear under the image–like writing on the bottom of a Poloroid.

Blue rectangle: Once you’ve selected an alignment and a size for your image (if it is an image; be careful not to insert something too large, as it may stretch the page or become cut off), you can hit the Insert Into Post button to incorporate it.

 

Gallery

The Gallery option is another way to add photos to your posts, but you can add several at once in a related spread, rather than one at a time. This way, the photos will be in neatly organized rows and columns without much effort on your part. You can see an example in this very page above, where two pictures have been inserted next to each other.

To add a gallery:

  1. Choose From My Computer when uploading media
  2. Upload multiple images at once. When all have completed, choose ‘Save Changes.’
  3. The Gallery tab will appear. Click on it to change the number of columns and the order of images.
  4. You can also choose whether the image, when clicked, appears as the link or the attachment page. It’s probably best to choose link–this opens the image all on its own at full size. Attachment page will just open it inside another page on your blog, but not full size.
  5. Once you’re done, you can insert the gallery into the post.

Featured Image

You can use the Featured Image option, which appears in a box at the bottom right of the page on which you create posts/pages, to highlight a particular image for a particular post or page.

On some themes, the Featured Image will be set in the header image. Other themes handle it differently.

Edublogs has nothing to say on the Featured Image topic, but WordPress support has a list of themes and descriptions of how they handle Featured Images. Not all themes are necessarily available with the Edublogs service; it may work for you to simply insert the image you want to use as a Featured Image into your post using the methods described above.

Allowed File Formats

Edublogs only allows certain file formats to be uploaded. A list can be found here.