Since the upgrading done in April bloggers have continued to post their problems with the new features to the wordpress.com support forum. Many of those posting have been and some continue to be plagued with problems when it comes to posting images. There are several blogging tips posts and tutorials in this blog that have been created and published to directly respond to problems with images.
(1) Without an alt tag, Google will likely fail to index your images correctly according to the keywords you select. Note that it takes up to 6 months for Google image search to find your pictures, but it will miss your pictures altogether if you don’t use alt tags correctly. The new image uploader has been stripping these out automatically until very recently. This tutorial aims to help you fix those alt and title tags for your images which did not stick during the upgrade period.
(2) This tutorial is the first of two on the subject of images and image editing. They are not intended to turn everyone into image editing experts, but I hope to be able to give you some useful information and tips on working with images that will help you maintain the highest quality by keeping a few simple things in mind.
In part two of the tutorial you will discover how to preset WordPress image sizes as well as using image editors to crop and size images prior to uploading.
(3) The steps for uploading and inserting images in the new WordPress.com dashboard are different than before, but this tutorial will guide you through it, and once you have done it a few times you will be on your way to happy blogging again. I includes blogging tips along the way for any peculiarities that could trip you up.
(4) I wish I had a magic bullet for the image upload problems people are having, but I don’t. What I do have is a few tips that have worked for others, but not everyone. For those having issues with the new Flash-based image uploader introduced with the upgraded WordPress.com dashboard, WordPress has now given you a non-Flash based option.
(5) WordPress gives you three size choices when you insert an image into a post or page using the “Add media” function: thumbnail, medium (approximately 300px in the longest dimension), and “full size” which actually isn’t, and is approximately 450px in the longest dimension.
WordPress actually uploads the full sized image, and then scales it when it is inserted into the post or page, so your full-sized image is actually there. If you pre-size your images to the size you want in an image editing program prior to uploading them, these three choices won’t work for you if you want to have the full size in your post or page.
The procedure that I outlined in this earlier post is one way to insert images without WordPress resizing them (even when you select full sized), but I have found another way that at least for me is quicker.
(6) The introduction of the new wordpress.com ugrade includes a Flash-based image uploader that has resulted in some problems. As already pointed out within these pages, the image resizing protocols provided have caused some confusion and an option to use the old ‘browser uploader’ has now reappeared in response. Image alignment in the new wordpress.com
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