Using pictures

All the blog marketing tips suggest putting in pictures for visual appeal. Fortunately I just happen to have a bunch of new ones. Plus I’ve actually put up pictures other places on the net so maybe adding photos is a cheap trick for me.

Everyone loves sunsets, this was a particularly nice one at Laramie, Wyoming in June 2012

Everyone loves sunsets, this was a particularly nice one at Laramie, Wyoming in June 2012

Looks like I  should make this a little smaller (just did as test) so there is some room for the text next to the image.

Well composing this post wasn’t all that obvious, but it doesn’t seem too hard. Still exploring all the features.

Whoa, doggies! You mean the post editor in WordPress is not WYSIWYG. Big drawback for trying to handle pictures.



Not much room here for text when I embed the image at its full size, or at least the small one.

(Is it really true you can’t set text size in WordPress or am I just missing something?)

(Is it really true the post looks different published than in editor?)

But one thing I don’t like about including pictures is that it’s going to really eat up my space quota fast, here at WordPress, and I need that quota for my unread posts. So I assume I can include another picture from somewhere else I’ve been using free space (I used to work for a storage company, boy, do they love all this detritus that clutters up the Net).

Well, thus far it appears my pictures at Picasa and at SkyDrive and at Flickr (even though they have simple URLs) can’t be referenced by a URL that WordPress likes, so where else can I store things? Well, I hacked in an <img> tag directly in HTML edit mode and the image shows as broken. Thus I guess it’s not WordPress’ side but those public photo sites don’t want their images to be referenced in another page, as opposed to directly through UI. So that kinda ends my interest in images, at least using very many because I’m not going to waste my quota on all those pixels instead of my brilliant words.


About dmill96

old fat (but now getting trim and fit) guy, who used to create software in Silicon Valley (almost before it was called that), who used to go backpacking and bicycling and cross-country skiing and now geodashes, drives AWD in Wyoming, takes pictures, and writes long blog posts and does xizquvjyk.
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5 Responses to Using pictures

  1. dmill96 says:

    Wow, this is pretty ridiculous how many tries it takes to get the post to look right given the editor is not WYSIWYG. And, of course, this is HTML, which means it’s going to look different on every browser, so IOW it’s not even worth trying to get it formatted right because it will get messed up. Ah this age-old debate that formatting doesn’t matter since web should be visible under any viewer or by anyone – fine, but ugly is ugly

  2. dmill96 says:

    Dear [nonexistent] reader, get used to it, I experiment and leave all my twists and turns in the posts instead of polishing them after I get done with the trial-and-error. But you didn’t notice and don’t care, do you?

  3. wfeigenson says:

    WP has many plugins – probably thousands – and some are directed at including pictures, slideshows, etc. from outside sites. You need to run your own hosted site to use them.

    you are right, the editor is only semi-WYSISWYG. You can post directly from Word 2007 or later, but I believe that also requires hosted version. Word editor’s better than WP, but still imperfect.

    • dmill96 says:

      Since I forgot to cancel that SafariOnline subscription I had I grabbed a couple of books on WordPress and now see the difference between my own hosting and this free hosting. There is a good and cheap hosting service mentioned in with 1-click WP install, but not sure how much extension would be allowed there. I’m not interested enough to get a “raw” hosting service and actually install WP with code modification capabilities, and besides PHP coding is a pain, almost as bad a Perl for weirdness.

  4. Nah, if you want to host, use Sign up from my site, and I get a commission (doesn’t cost you anything). They are really, really good, and not expensive. Their tech support is incredible, and HQ in the US. Basic blog installation is one click everywhere, but there are some mods you’ll want to do, even to the most basic form. Install is usually under the Fantastico section.

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