Welcome, and now we’re past the somewhat Smithsian title, on to the meat of the post…
When I started 35hunter it was as a free WordPress site, and whilst I now pay a small subscription to remove ads, and have a shorter custom URL, the storage is still pretty limited.
So to avoid filling my storage allowance up with images in the first few months, I decided to make use of Flickr, where I already had a large archive of my best photos.
Anyone else with a WordPress (WP) blog might like to try this too.
The pros of this approach for me are –
- You don’t fill up your limited WordPress storage.
- Flickr can also act as an online archive of your best photographs, publicly or privately (see point 4).
- Flickr automatically makes a convenient set of resized versions of your original photo to use.
- If you don’t want to use Flickr as a public site, you can still use it to host your images as a backup and for use in WordPress, but keep them private (ie invisible to everyone but you) in Flickr.
- Flickr is pretty logical and straightforward to use.
Here’s what I do when I want to display an image in a post in WP –
- Upload the image to Flickr, if it’s not there already. Set Privacy to Private if I don’t want anyone seeing directly on Flickr (I sometimes do this for pictures of camerasetc I don’t want part of my main Flickr photostream).
- Go to the image on Flickr, click on the download button bottom right and View all sizes. By default the Large 1024px size displays, the image size I use for my blog.
- Two finger tap (right click if your using a mouse) on the image, then Copy image address. If you’re on a PC right click and properties, then copy the URL, it will start with staticflickr something and end with .jpg. You don’t want to copy the page URL the photo is on (which will just end with the photo’s number) but the actual URL where the 1024px jpeg is.
- In WordPress, when composing a post, go to +Add top left in the toolbar then Media. In the window that opens click the Add New drop down, then Add via URL. Paste in the URL of the image you just copied from Flickr. Click Upload, then when the Insert button bottom right turns blue, click Insert.
- The photo should now be visible in your post. I then click on it and choose the align centre option immediately above, just because I like things centralised! If you want people to be sent to the photo’s page in Flickr when they click on the image in WP, you can then go back to Flickr, make sure you’re on the photo’s main page with the title, description etc (click Photo top left if you’re still on the page with all the different size options) copy that URL and paste back in WP. This is optional and doesn’t really add anything, especially if the photo is private in Flickr anyway.
Sounds like a few hoops to jump through when you first read it, but once you’ve tried a few times it’s very straightforward.
I just timed myself adding the second photograph above and it took me 34 seconds. A typical post of mine might have three or four photos, so that’s a couple of minutes to add them in total. Quick and easy!
Of course if you want a smaller image on your blog, choose one of the different image sizes on the all sizes page in Flickr.
I prefer to choose something bigger and it just be scaled down on smaller screens, than choose say a 600px version and it be enlarged on larger screens and lose definition.
The same process is possible using an iPad, but a bit more fiddly. With a phone I wouldn’t bother but then I wouldn’t attempt to try to write a new post on a phone either.
With my iPad I go to my Flickr and WordPress via the Safari browser, rather than in the Flickr and WordPress apps, because the apps don’t give you as much functionality or control.
It still works if you paste the Flickr photo’s main page URL directly into the WP editor without using the +Add media options, just you can’t control the size, alignment, where it links to etc.
For a quick and dirty post on the go this might fine, I’d just rather do it the slightly longer way and have more control about how the image looks.
Being a photographer it’s important to me that the images look as good as they can on screen. Another reason why I have a fairly minimal theme (libre 2) and the central column is wide with no sidebars to distract from reading and viewing the photos here.
I hope this has shown you a free and easy way to make use of Flickr to insert and control how your photographs look in your WordPress blog.
Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments below, or indeed to share your own tips on posting images in your blog that others might find helpful.
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