In this part of my WordPress Guide I want to build on interest generated by previous posts and provide a solution to what many of my readers consider to be one of the biggest hustles in WordPress – Image Management.
While it might not be as complete answer as I would like it to be but short of doing a core re-write this is best I could possibly find. In this post I will talk about how to enhance your WordPress Image Management system to make it more user friendly and hopefully make you more productive…
When we can’t fix something – we can find a way to enhance it to a more manageable state. This is especially tru with WordPress. It seems like every time there is an issue identified – some programmer finds a way to address it via plugin or enhancement.
We can all wish that some of those enhancements would make it to the core for a better support but until they do (if ever) we will use the plugins provided by authors. That is assuming you actually see this functionality as something you must have …
Install and Configure Flexible Upload Plugin
In an attempt to find some form of a solution for better image processing with WordPress I have stumbled into a Flexible Upload Plugin. While it will not solve all the problems, here is list of main features quoted from the author page:
- Resize pictures at upload to the size you specify
- Let you decide whether or not to create a thumbnail and specify its size
- Optionally incrust a watermark signature in all pictures you upload
- Specify picture alignment (left, right, center) when inserting them into your posts
- Specify a plugin like Lightbox (Thickbox, Greybox) to display your pictures, or open them in a separate window
- Insert a caption for each picture (not supported for WP2.1+ with Wysiwyg editor)
- Multi-language support
Installation is simple – just upload it into your plguins directory as outlined on Author blog, activate the plugin and you are almost ready to use it … I say almost because you REALLY have to visit the Options page and configure it before using. I have found some defaults were not acceptable for my blog. I had to change following 3 fields to ensure that this plugin will not break my blog:
- Default maximum for resizing: Deleted all text (blanked out)
- Signature image (for watermark): Deleted all text (blanked out)
- Link plugin or target: – Set to “new window”
I decided not to use Watermark, hence the removal of signature image. If you decide to use it, make sure to edit the image prior to setting it here …
Using New Enhanced Image Functionality
Once you have configured the new plugin to your liking – Your Upload box gets a new options, specifically option to resize image to your liking During Upload and then set alignment before sending it to editor, see images below:
2 Options above address some of the most common problems people have with image management. Unfortunately I’m unable to show you the options for Image Management in the Visual Editor because I use Advanced TinyMCE editor and has totally different set of image management options.
I only hope this post was helpful and recommend you have a look at Flexible Upload plugin to simplify the tasks of working with images in your WordPress blog.
Enjoy, and do leave a comment … let me know what you think!