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:

Upload Resize

image resize

Set Alignment

image upload

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!