With the WordPress 3.5 upgrade the Media Manager was much improved. Now you can insert multiple images at once, create multiple galleries per post with drag-and-drop reordering, inline caption editing, and simplified controls.
The new media manager also provides an easier way for users to insert videos into their posts. Users can now drag and drop images and video files from their desktops directly into a drop zone for each post. Adjusting the settings for each image — such as adjusting image size — has also been streamlined. And importing and embedding multimedia from other Web sites, like YouTube, has been eased as well.
How to Manage Photos in WordPress Library
Size Photos Before Uploading
It’s always a good practice not to slow down your site’s performance with very large images. Take the time to size and descriptively name image files, before uploading them to the WordPress Media Library.
- Name images with descriptive keywords
- Conform to the exact measurements indicated by the theme or plugin specifications for fixed sized elements like sliders
- For standard website display, make sure your resolution is set at 72 dpi. However if you may need high resolution (220 ppi, 264 ppi or 326 ppi) for retina-display devices.
- Photo file types are jpeg, jpg, or png. For graphics, use gif. Png can be used for either but may not be supported on all browsers.
Using the WordPress Media Manager to Optimize SEO
Having your images indexed by search engines helps lead visitors to your site. Be sure to take the time to correctly label each image for effective SEO. The new Media Manager makes image optimization much easier.
SEO Production Tips
In Edit Media, insert keyword-rich words in the Title, Caption, Alt Text, and Description.
Separate words in the Title using spaces, not like — dontdothis.jpg
In addition to descriptive keywords, put a link to your site in the Alt Text and Description. The 3.5 Media Manager makes linking as easy as in Edit Post.
Opening the Media Manager
Before you open your media library, position your cursor on the place you want the image to appear in your page or post and click.
Go to the Add Media Button at top left of your editing screen. Click on the Media Manager button.
Uploading Image Files to Media Library
If you want to add a photo to your Image Library, click on ‘Upload Files’. The just drag-and-drop your image file from your desktop. If you prefer you can click the ‘Select Files’ button to access, and upload image files. You can upload multiple images at the same time by holding down the Shift key and selecting a range or photos. You can also select or deselect images by holding down the Ctrl key.
Once the Image files are uploaded to your WordPress Media Manager, you will automatically be switched over to the Media Library screen where you’ll have access to both those newly uploaded files and all the other files in your library. Note: the files you’ve just uploaded will indicate that they are “Selected” meaning that the image or images will be check-marked and highlighted within a blue box.
In addition, you have the choice of showing only the files uploaded to that particular post by using the pull-down menu in the top left corner.
When you open the Media Manager, you will be shown the image files in your Media Library.
If you wish to use one of the images in the library, click on the image.
When an image is selected and active, you will see that it has a blue border around it and a check-mark in the upper right corner.
Adding Meta Information
The selected image will appear in the right hand sidebar under ‘ATTACHMENT DETAILS.’ You can add meta information and captions in this area.
The ‘ATTACHMENT DISPLAY SETTINGS’ area is where you indicate the image alignment on the page or post and the size options — Thumbnail, Medium, Large or Full size.
Once you have filed out the descriptions and made the alignment and size choices, click the blue ‘Insert into page’ button in the lower right hand of the page.
The image will then be inserted into your post or page.
Click ‘Publish’ or ‘Update’ and the image positioned in the text on your editing screen will appear on the published page or post . Images in the editing screen can be repositioned by drag-and-drop.
This is how the image will look on the published page.
NOTE: If you which to edit image move your cursor over the image two boxes will pop up in the upper left side of the image.
Select edit to correct image, or delete it from page or post.