Just imagine what it would be like to log into your blog and find your pictures are missing. What to do?
WordPress.com provides free blogs and hosts them free of charge. There are no bandwidth charges. All WordPress.com blogs come with 3000 megabytes (~3 GBs) of space for storing uploaded files and images. Free features are listed wordpress.com free features. Check > Dashboard > Media Library to see if you have exhausted your free space allocation and need to purchase a space upgrade.
If that is not the case proceed as follows below.
These are the three link options for image uploading. Which one did you use?
1. Are the images hosted on WordPress.com servers?
Any image, on any page, anywhere on the web, anywhere in the world, has to be exist somewhere on a server on the internet or it cannot be displayed.
All WordPress.com blogs come with 3000 megabytes (~3 GBs) of space for storing uploaded files and images. The Space Upgrade gives you additional space.
If you uploaded the missing images from your computer into your WordPress.com blog then they will be found in your Media Library as they will be hosted on WordPress.com servers.
Images in your blog posts and pages are linked to the image you uploaded into the Media Library. The browser sees the image code in the post or page and then retrieves the image from the Media Library and displays it where the code is positioned within the post or page. If you open any post or page on your blog in the Text (HTML) editor that has an image in it, you will see HTML code something like this:
That code tells the browser where to find the image so that it can display it in the post or page.
TIP: Something very crucial about saving images on WordPress.com’s servers: they are automatically compressed (yes, even lossless formats like PNG are compressed). So, make sure you keep the original image file somewhere else, because once you upload them to WordPress.com’s servers, the original full-sized images are gone forever.
(a) Did you delete the missing images from your Media Library?
If you upload an image to your media library and insert it into a post or page, and then delete that image from the media library, then the browser can no longer retrieve the image to display it. The image does not exist at that location anymore, so if you deleted images from the Media Library they will have to be uploaded again.
TIP: If the deleted images were indexed by Google they will be in Google’s image cache. Type the URL for your site into the Google search field, click and then follow the “Show Google’s Cache” link. When you locate the images capture them first and and then upload them from your computer to your Media Library again. Provided you do not change the image file names, the images will reappear in your posts and/or pages.
(b) Are the missing images in your Media Library header images or featured images?
Many WordPress.com blog themes provide the options of uploading custom header images. You can use the custom image header guide to upload
- a single custom header image of specific dimensions that will display on all posts and pages;
- or uploading multiple custom image headers images that will display randomly on all posts and pages.
Some WordPress.com themes provide the options of uploading different feature custom header images on individual pages and posts, rather than displaying the same one that displays on the front page of the blog on every post and page in the blog.
Some WordPress.com themes provide the flexible header height option.
In all cases what’s important is to consult your theme description and know that when it comes to setting featured images, the specific image dimensions required by the theme are critical to image display.
2. Are the images hosted on image hosting servers?
If the missing images are hosted on a server somewhere else online that provides image hosting services and allows hotlinking to images such as Flickr or Photobucket, then check with the appropriate support site for known issues. As the images are hosted on their servers the issue could be at their end of things.
3. Are you hotlinking to the images without permission to do so?
If the missing images are hosted on a server somewhere else online that does NOT allow hotlinking, the source site can prevent the images from displaying on your blog because you are stealing bandwidth. If a site is over its monthly bandwidth limit, it will be billed for the extra data or taken offline.
A simple analogy for bandwidth theft: Imagine a random stranger plugging into your electrical outlets, using your electricity without your consent, and you paying for it.
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WordPress.com Media Makeover
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Images: Optimizing, Pre-Sizing and Resizing
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Image editing and preparation tips part 1
Image editing and preparation tips part 2