Updating a WordPress Photo Gallery

Here’s how to add new photos to a Page or Post which displays an existing Gallery within WordPress.

1. Upload the new images

If your post or page already contains a gallery, you’ll see an image like this within the WordPress editing box:-

To add a new photo, you can just click on the WordPress Upload/Insert icon just above the text entry box.

Then browse to the location of the file(s) on your computer and upload.

2. Close the media box and Update your post/page

You don’t need to click on Insert into Post (which will insert a full size picture into the post, rather than the thumbnail).  Just the act of uploading an image while editing this page/post will associate that image with the page and it will then appear in the gallery when the page is displayed.

After uploading your image(s) you can just close the Media box.  Remember to Update your post/page when you are finished.

Alternatively

1. Edit the gallery

Click on the gallery image with the editing box.  You’ll see two little icons – the Edit Gallery and Delete Gallery icons. 

2. Add new images, edit or delete images within the Media box

Click on the Edit Gallery icon to see the Media box, open at the Gallery tab and showing a list of the images in this gallery.  You can edit the Titles, Alt text or the way the gallery is displayed, from within this tab.  You can even delete unwanted pictures by clicking on Show and then Delete (near the bottom of the information for that picture).

Remember to click on Save Changes and/or Update Gallery before leaving the Media box.

To add a new photo, click on the From Computer tab and then upload the new photo(s) in the usual way.  Again, make sure you don’t click on Insert into Post (which will insert a full size picture into the post, rather than the thumbnail).  Just the act of uploading an image while editing this page will associate that image with this page and therefore its gallery.

3. Close the media box and Update your post/page

After uploading your image(s) you can just close the Media box.

And remember to Update your post/page when you are finished.

 

Easily Add Video to a WordPress Post or Page

for WordPress Version 3.1 or later.    

The easiest way to add video to a WordPress post or page is to do it via YouTube.    

YouTube takes care of hosting the video files and managing file formats – whatever format your video is in, YouTube will convert it so that it can be viewed over the internet without concern about different video players. Also, if your video becomes a big hit and everyone wants to see it,YouTube will manage all of the bandwidth requirements for large numbers of hits on your video.    

So, let’s assume that you have a YouTube account, you’ve made your video and you’ve uploaded it to YouTube. (Here’s some YouTube video help if you need it to get started).    

These instructions apply to WordPress 3.1 or later.  If you have WordPress 3.0 or an earlier version, see the previous version of How to Easily Add Video to a WordPress Post or Page.    

Here’s all you need to do to add that video to your page or post:-    

1. Copy your YouTube video URL

Go to YouTube and get the URL of your video (not the embed code). You can just grab the URL from the top of the browser when you view the video (it will look something like this – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECnAT_NV3GY).    

2. Paste the YouTube URL into the Post Editing Box

When you are editing the page or post where you want to place the video, position your cursor where you want the video to appear.  For the video to be added automatically, it must be on its own separate line, with nothing before or after it.  Press “Enter” to start a new line.    

Using the Paste icon , paste the YouTube URL straight into the post edit box.   

You’ll need to make sure that the URL is not hyperlinked (clickable when viewing the post).  If it is, click on the “break link” icon to remove the hyperlink.    

3. Troubleshooting or Placing the Video Inline

If the video does not appear when you view the page, or if you want to place your video “inline” (ie not on its own line), centre it or use some other formatting, you can use the [embed^ shortcode around your YouTube URL, like this:- 

[embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECnAT_NV3GY[/embed] 

This will force the video to be embedded, rather than depending on it to happen automatically (which can be hampered if there are formatting tags in the background which prevent your video URL from being recognised properly). 

4. Changing the Size of the Video

If you find the video appears too large for your website, you can control the size of the video by using the shortcode with dimensions, like this:-  

[embed width="480" height="320"]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECnAT_NV3GY[/embed]

You can specify both width and height or just one (the other will be proportional). 

Note that this constrains the maximum size of the video; it will not increase a smaller sized video. 

And that’s it 

Here’s my sample video.    

 

Hosting your own Video

If you want to show video without the YouTube logo and host it yourself, it’s not quite such a simple process, but it is still quite easy, with the right additions to WordPress. Watch out for more about that.

Controlling Your WordPress Website Front Page

Here’s a question from one of my WordPress clients:-

How do I control which is the front page of my website?

WordPress basically has two options for that front (or home) page:-

  • it can be a specific page that you select
  • it can be the front page of your blog, containing the most recent posts (you can choose how many)

About WordPress Posts and Pages

To completely “get” this, you need to understand the following about WordPress terminology:-

A “post” is your typical blog entry – it is like a diary entry or news item, it has a date associated with it, it can be in one (or several) categories.  For bloggers, it is the “meat” of your blog, the major content; for other sites, with more static content, it may be just “news” section.

A “page” is a static entry, which is not date-related, and which WordPress essentially perceives as “back-up” material to your blog.  Content such as “what is this website about”, “about me”, “why I’m doing this”, (perhaps, “services I offer” could be a “page” but if you update your services regularly and run courses (ie date-related things) for example, then a “services” category, with a post for each course, would also make sense).

So, your website front page can either be a set of recent posts or an individual (static) page.  And you can change from one to another at any time.  You could have a standard front page but change to a different page for a while to draw attention to a new offer.  Or you could generally show your News or Blog as the front page but occasionally change to a static page with some specific information.

How to Control the Front Page

Changing the WordPress front page is easy.

  • Log into WordPress as an admin user.
  • Go to SettingsReading
  • At Front page displays you have a choice of whether to make the front page show your latest blog posts (all the date-related, newscontent) or a static page. Click the one you want.
  • If you have chosen a static page, in the Front page drop-down, select the page you want as the front page.
  • Click the Save Changes button at the bottom of the page.

What about the Blog Page?

If you have visited the Settings… Reading… page, you may now be wondering what is the purpose of the Posts page drop-down under A static page…. Here is a quick explanation.

If you choose to have a static page as your website/blog front page, where does the “blog front page” go?  The answer is “nowhere”.  But if you want to have a “News” or “Blog” page which contains your recent posts (but not as the home page), here’s how to do it:-

  • Create a new page and give it the title, Blog, for example.  Don’t bother to add any content, just publish it.
  • Return to Settings… Reading… and look again at Front page displays, where you presumably have a static page as the front page.
  • In the Posts page drop-down, choose your new Blog page.  And click on Save Changes.

When you view your website and navigate to the Blog page, you’ll see your set of recent items – you have your blog front page back!

How to Get Traffic Today

If you want to get traffic to your website and increase the number of visitors to your site…. this is where we get into the realm of “Internet Marketing”. 

The internet is full of opinions and advice on internet marketing!  But it seems to me that, these days, there are only two approaches:-

Traffic Option 1

Are you prepared to write about the subject of your site?  For example, if your website is about men’s shirts, can you write lots about shirts, men’s clothes etc?  (Or are you prepared to pay someone else to do it?) 

If so, your internet marketing approach can focus on writing:-

You can build up a database of email addresses and contact them regularly, building up a following who trust you and are eventually prepared to buy from you.

An additional benefit of this approach is that other sites link to yours (other sites which have published your articles, or link to useful items in your blog…) – which increases the likelihood of your ranking high in the search engine results.

If you don’t want to put the time, effort or money in to writing, then the only other real option is…

Traffic Option 2

Paid links or Ads – Advertising, to get people who are interested to click through to your site. 

Google Adwords is the obvious way to manage this kind of thing.  There is also Yahoo Search Marketing and advertising on Facebook is growing in popularity. 

Including ads/site links in other people’s email newsletters can be useful, if the emails are going to your target market.  

There are also various Directory sites which usually allow you a free listing but charge for something bigger and prettier, and may also be worthwhile.

But I think you have to be discerning about this.  There is no point in paying for a site to show an ad (or a link) to your Shirts site if the visitors to that site will have no interest in buying shirts. 

Option 1 – writing is really the only way to go if you want to come near the top of Google natural search results today, especially if you are looking internationally.   Have a look on Google and see what comes up for your search terms… you’ll find that most of the top listings are sites with pages and pages of good content. 

That’s what we’re up against today!

How to Easily Add Video to a WordPress Post or Page

The easiest way to add video to a WordPress post or page is to do it via YouTube.

YouTube takes care of hosting the video files and managing file formats – whatever format your video is in, YouTube will convert it so that it can be viewed over the internet without concern about different video players.  Also, if your video becomes a big hit and everyone wants to see it,YouTube will manage all of the bandwidth requirements for large numbers of hits on your video.

So, let’s assume that you have a YouTube account, you’ve made your video and you’ve uploaded it to YouTube.   (Here’s some YouTube video help if you need it to get started).

WordPress 3.1 changes this slightly.  If you have WordPress 3.1 or later, see Easily Add Video to WordPress 3.1 for updated instructions.

Here’s all you need to do to add that video to your page or post:-

1. Position your cursor in the WordPress Editor

When you are editing the page or post where you want to place the video, position your cursor where you want the video to appear.

Decide now whether you want the video to be centred on the page or not and, if so, click the “center alignment” button  before you add the video.  It’s best to get the position right before you start because you can’t edit or move a video around the page the way you can with an image.

2. Click on the add video button in the WordPress Editor

Click on the “Add Video” button in the edit box.  It looks like this add video to wordpress and it’s on the second row of editing buttons.  (If you don’t have a second row of buttons, click on  to display them.)

You’ll see a box that looks like this (the “Insert embedded media” box):-

Data entry box for embedding video

3. Copy your YouTube video URL

Go to YouTube and get the URL of your video (not the embed code).  You can just grab the URL from the top of the browser when you view the video (it will look something like this – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECnAT_NV3GY).

4. Paste the YouTube URL into the File/URL field

Paste that YouTube URL into the File/URL field in the “Insert embedded media” box.

You can leave the file Type as Flash.  The dimensions will be set automatically from the video URL that you paste in.  You can edit them if you like, to fit your page better – make sure you tick Constrain proportions to ensure the width and height stay in proportion.

That’s really all you have to do.  Click Insert to place the video in your page/post.

video placeholder in wordpress edit window

You’ll see a placeholder like this in your edit window.

And that’s it

Here’s my sample video.

Hosting your own Video

If you want to show video without the YouTube logo and host it yourself, it’s not quite such a simple process, but it is still quite easy, with the right additions to WordPress.  Watch out for more about that.