One of the easiest ways to spruce up your page and make your images more distinct is WordPress’s Gallery feature. It allows you to embed thumbnails with captions directly into your posts or create a moving slideshow of images, all without entering code. Just click the Add Media button as you normally would to add an image. You’ll see a popup and Insert Media will be checked by default. Click on Create Gallery instead and then select your images. You’ll see small preview thumbnails appear at the bottom.
The next screen will allow you to change the number of columns used for your thumbnails or change your image type to a slideshow.
Below is an example of a gallery in the “thumbnail grid” style with three columns:
And this is an example of a slideshow:
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I’ve enjoyed reading your posts this week! It’s great to see how Nebraska libraries are using your websites to promote programming, provide reader’s advisory, or just share information with your users. Incidentally, if you’d like to see what other libraries are doing, it’s easy to do so with this RSS feed (created by Michael Sauers).
Even when you’ve written the most amazing post, you sometimes feel that it needs something else. Pictures can add a lot to your page, but locating images that are freely available can sometimes be tough. Thankfully, there are a few Internet resources that can assist!
One of my go-to websites is Creative Commons Search. Just type what you want to find & select a source to search: Google Images and Flickr for pictures, YouTube for video, & more. You’ll want to open the actual page that hosts your content & check the attribution requirements. Some creators allow you to use their stuff as long as you give them credit. Some don’t even require that!
Compfight is a similar site that searches Flickr for available images. You should be aware that, like a lot of search engines, it puts advertiser content at the top of the page, so look below the line if you’re specifically interested in the free stuff.
Of course, we can’t forget about Google Images. A basic search includes both copyrighted and freely-available images, but you can click “Search Tools” and get a new menu that includes “Usage Rights”. Again, you should definitely check the originating page and verify that the image really is freely available before using it. Google can make mistakes!
Oh, and please remember not to copy and paste images into your posts.
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If you’re like me and prefer a distraction-free environment when you’re writing, you might want to get to know the Screen Options feature in WordPress. The menu resides at the top right corner of your Dashboard and allows you to add or remove elements from your screen. Don’t need to see WordPress news? Remove it with a single click. Can’t find something that’s ordinarily present? Check Screen Options and see if the option has been unchecked.
In the image to the right, I’ve hidden the QuickDraft and WordPress News sections from my screen. If I want to bring them back, I’ll simply click Screen Options to expand the menu and then check them again. The options vary depending upon which section you’re viewing, so give it a try and see what you can find!
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