You may have noticed that your WordPress dashboard says that you are limited to 200MB of storage. We know that some people out there plan to upload a lot of media (images, videos, ect.) to their site and we don’t want to discourage that. However we do want to encourage good web media habits.
If you are going to be uploading a lot of images to your site and giving students the ability to do so as well I would highly recommend using the “Resize Images on Upload” plugin. This will ensure that you and your students are not uploading enormous images to your sites and needlessly wasting space. Many times people will not resize or crop images before uploading them to a site which causes their pages to load much slower than they should. By using this plugin any image uploaded will automatically be resized based on the dimensions you set so that you don’t have to worry about running low on space.
There might come a time when you deiced that you need to do a lot of updating on your site all at once. When you are creating new posts it’s important to remember that the order you publish new posts in is important. Remember “posts” are your news feeds or blogs and this mean they will display with the most recently published ones at the top. We frequently consume WordPress RSS feeds throughout campus on various sites and these feed will display your posts in the order they are publish as well.
In order to change the order on your posts I would recommend simply changing the publish date. WordPress automatically fills this field in when you hit publish however you can edit it.
By clicking Edit next to Publish immediately you can specify an earlier date which will place the post before more recently published posts. It’s also important to mention that you can schedule posts to auto-publish in the future using this same method.
There is an easy way for you to embed YouTube videos in your WordPress sites. Many people have sent in questions asking for help with iframes and embed codes but for YouTube and some other sources iframes and embed codes are not necessary. All you need to do is simple copy the URL to the video you want and paste it into WordPress post.
The great thing about this is that it will embed the video using the flash object method. The reason this is good is because YouTube recently decided to encrypt all of their sites traffic using SSL. This makes the embedding less desirable as it can cause issues on pages that do not use SSL encryption.
If you open up a page or post after logging in only to see that the page you want to edit is empty it is likely because of a bad character. Bad characters are often a result from copying content from Word documents and pasting that content into the editor.
To show a particular photo set from the Flickr account linked to your WordPress blog, you need to use the flickr_set shortcode in the body of your post where you want the gallery to appear, and specify the Photo Set ID with the attribute id. (See “How to find the Photo Set ID” below)
Click on the “Plugins” menu option (If you don’t see it you don’t have permissions, please contact Web Dev)
Find “WordPress Statistics” in the list
Click the “Activate” link
Once activated you’ll see a new menu option on the left at the very bottom called “Statistics”
Click that link to view your sites statistics
This plugin starts collecting data as soon as it is activated. So you won’t see anything right away but when you check back later it will contain the data collected since you turned it on. There is a multitude of information that the plugin collects a full feature list is below.
If you have a child theme of some of the more recent WordPress Themes (like Twenty Fourteen for example) you may notice that the images your set as your “Featured Image” are automatically resizing. WordPress has some pretty handy features built in that will automatically “optimize” your site for you. By taking the images you uploaded and resizing them not only will they fit better into your template but they will load more quickly for end users.
The following code is responsible for this in the Twenty Fourteen Theme (and any child theme as well):
// Enable support for Post Thumbnails, and declare two sizes.
add_theme_support( 'post-thumbnails' );
set_post_thumbnail_size( 672, 372, true );
add_image_size( 'twentyfourteen-full-width', 1038, 576, true );
Just one more thing that WordPress does to makes your life easier and end users happier.