As I mentioned, my good friend, Mary, gave the internet world the best gift ever by joining the blogosphere! Anyway, she asked how to make her images bigger for her self-hosted WordPress.org blog and so, since I really have nothing else I’d rather do, I’m giving her a simple tutorial with screen shots and all! I hope it helps you, Mary, and any others who might want to know.
First, in the interest of full disclosure, I have absolutely no background in Internet. I’m figuring things out as I go but I’m in now way, shape, or gigabyte an expert. Some people think that since I’m married to a computer genius, that I must be one also. They see me and thihk I’ll know the magic button to make their computer/device work for them again. Nope. Sorry. Sometimes, I try and pretend to be smart and I’ll throw out random words my husband uses when he’s telling me about a project at work.
“Yes, that’s right, you’ll need to format.” Isn’t that always the answer.
“Did you try a reboot?” If in doubt, shut the thing off, count to 10 or sing a song and pretend like you don’t really care if it comes back alive or not. Then, ever so casually and gently push the “ON” button again – almost as if it’s an accident that you pushed it – you don’t want the computer/device to think you care. It usually works for me. If hot, pick it up and pretend like you’re going to throw it out the window. Suddenly, it fears for its life and decides to work again. (I don’t suggest throwing it for real though. That usually ends in disaster.) Oh and stop yelling and cursing at it. Computers aren’t alive you know!
Other words I’ve picked up and like to toss around randomly are “server”, “gigabyte” (I love that word! It makes me think of cookies…), “virtual machines”, and “html”. Although, I have no idea what “html” stands for. I used to try and pronounce it like a word. Now you try……
Basically the trick to speaking Internet is developing an obnoxiously clever talent for making up acronyms.
“Hi, Best Buy Geek? Yes, I need some help with my uh…IOS server update. And while we are at it, can you take a look at the DNS hook-up? It’s been acting up lately.” Like computers are three-year-olds or something. Sheesh.
Ok, so on with the tutorial. Since, as detailed above, I’m no expert and I could in fact be doing this incredibly wrong in which all the time I’ve spent in sharing the following information will be a complete WASTE, here are two links to some people’s blogs who seem like experts, or at least much better at pretending to speak Internet than I am:
After you read those, you probably won’t need to come back here. Either way, I’m going to share a step-by-step tutorial for you anyway. Because I’m cool like that and I have a nerdy obsession with the Snipping tool.
We’re going to pretend like this is a real conversion between Mary and I (or whoever else might want to know). Mary, your questions are in Italics and mine are regular type – because I’m boring like that and you’re the fancier one.
1. Can’t I just use the WordPress “Add Media” Button?
Answer: Yes, you could but eventually it will not work. The “server” of whichever company is “hosting” your blog eventually will run out of space to hold all your pictures. This happened to me in the early days of my relationship with WordPress. Everything was going so well and then BAM! Out of the blue one day it wouldn’t let me upload any more pictures! Error! Error! Luckily, my brother – who really does speak Internet for a living and makes really cool websites – told me about the Picasa Web Albums trick.
By uploading your pictures to a Picasa Web Album, you can store massive amounts of pictures – 1 Gigabyte to be precise – for FREE! That’s a whole lot of cookies! I bet their servers are FAT! (I can say that about inanimate objects right?) And did you know that the word “cookies” is also an Internet word? Yeah, it seems cruel to use that word for any other purpose than in reference to the round, squishy in the middle and crispy on the outside sugar-filled cakes of paradise.
3. Ok, Erika, enough about cookies. Unless you’re going to give me a real one? No? I didn’t think so. So, how do I upload a picture to a Picasa Web Album?
I’ll make you some cookies. But not today. Then I’d have to clean my kitchen again and I just finished doing that. Ok, first you’ll need to set up a Google account if you have not already. If not, go here and follow their directions. After you have a Google account set up, I type this, “https://picasaweb.google.com”, into my web browser to get to my Picasa Web Album. You might have to sign-in if you’re signed out so don’t forget your id and password!
4. Got it. Now how do I upload a new picture?
Answer: Once you’re in your Picasa Album screen – look for the “Upload” button at the top:
In the next screen, you’ll be able to upload pictures to an existing album or create a new one you’ll use for your blog pictures. (Note: Every now and then I create new “Blog” albums so they don’t get too large.)
After you push “Ok”, it will “Redirect back to Album”. Once back in your album, you can also add photos by clicking on the “Add photos” button:
5. Alright, alright how inept do you think I am? Just tell me how to embed the photo into my blog already!
Ok, on to the “fun” part. The part that I’ve figured out by guessing. Here are the steps for that: (with a new number sequence just to confuse you.)
1. If you are in your “Blog Photos” Album in your Picasa Web Albums page, find the picture you want to put into your blog post and click on it. After that, look over to the right side panel and look for the “Link to this Photo”.
2. (If that worked, skip to step 4 below. )If for some reason you don’t see the “Link to this Photo”, it’s because you have not set your Album to “Unlisted” or “Public”. Go back to your Album main page and click on “Actions”
3. Then you can set the “Visibility” to “Public” or “Limited with a Link”. If you set it to private you can’t link or embed pictures in the album.
Ok, did I lose you? Are you still there?
Huh, huh, what? What’s going on. Where’s the baby?
Calm down, Eli’s fine over there in the corner sharing his Cheerios with the cute little rodent. Now are you going to pay attention or not?
I’m here, will you finally get on with it though? I’ve got things to check on Facebook…
4. Ok, so you’re album’s properties are set to “Public” or “Limited…” and you have clicked on the picture you want to embed. Click on the “Link to this Photo”. Once you do that, other options become available to you. It’s like jumping through a magic mirror! You’ll see where you can “Select size” to make the picture bigger or smaller – which is what your original quest was right? You’ll also want to click in the “Hide Album Link” box everytime or it puts this annoying box in your blog with the picture. After you did that and you picked the size you want, highlight the text box under “Embed image”.
5. Go back to your WordPress blog post window now. Look for the tab that says “Text”.
This “Text” tab takes you to the “html” side of blogging. It reminds me of the time I had a stop over in Germany on my way to England. I had absolutely no idea what any of the signs said! I felt utterly lost and alone in a sea of scary German-speaking people who were all rather hairy. (Even though the three-year-old and nine-month-old were with me. They didn’t speak German either. Although their baby and toddler jibberish was close enough I should have asked them what everything said!). Anyway, I knew I had to get through there quickly so I could get back to English-speaking country. It’s the same with this “html” world. Get in, embed your pictures, and then get out before you get eaten alive by the html code monsters!
6. Click in the “writing’ box and paste in the ‘html code” that you copied under the “Embed image” over in your Picasa Web Album. I’m going to assume you know how to copy and paste. If not, you should just stop right now. If you haven’t already.
7. Now quick, get the heck out of there and go back to the “Visual” screen. It’s safer there for us non-Internet nerdy folks.
8. You should see your picture there now. You can click on the picture to highlight it if you want to edit if further. Click on the pretty Mountain icon and you’ll be magically transported to a peaceful forest with tranquil running streams and the smell of pine trees.
Still here? Oh sorry it didn’t work for you…
9. Once you’re in this “edit image” screen you can align the picture left or right or smack dab in the center of your blog text. You can also decide where to send people if they click on one of your images in the “Link URL” part. (There’s another acronym!) I usually just leave it blank since I’d like to keep people here at my blog instead of letting them get lost in Picasa land. I’m nice like that. Be sure to click “Update” to save any of these changes to the picture.
10. And voila! You’re done! Save your Draft and then click on the Preview button to see how your picture looks before you Publish.
Any other questions?
Hey! I just spent all this time telling you how to make your images bigger and never run out of picture space. I’m sure I’ve scared you or anyone else reading this away from blogging for good, that would make me cry. Aren’t you at least going to thank me?
Oh, huh?….Oh, thanks, Erika…mmmm….”Love YOU”…..