Publishing in WordPress is much easier once you have prepared your text, images and video correctly. Once you have gotten used to this part it will become a vital part of your thinking process as well.
I recommend using the project template file here to organize the various text and media for your website.
1. The Words
You are free to write your articles in the main WordPress edit page itself. If you do have Word documents or text files you want to import, use the Paste as plain text and Paste from Word buttons on the editor.
NOTE: You have to click the Kitchen Sink icon on the editor to see the bottom row of buttons.
2. The Images
Prepare the images and media you want to add to your site. Your web pages will take a long time to load if you do not optimize your photos and media before you upload them.
Images must be of high enough quality to not look blocky and at a pixel size that is practical. Images over 1200 pixels will be going past the edges of most monitors. The largest image size should only be around 800 pixels.
How WordPress deals with images
When you upload your image WordPress creates smaller versions so that you only need to use the one that is closest to the final size you want to display on the page.
The thumbnail is a cropped square, while the 3 others are all progressively larger, but at the same proportions as the original image.
The Smush.it image processing plugin
If you have a lot of images that you’ve uploaded to your site and want to make sure they are not slowing down your site, you can use the WP Smush.it plugin to optimize them.
If you’ve been uploading images without preparing them for the web, you can go to Media >> Bulk Smush.it and set it to process your images. This can take a while if you have a large media library.
You can also allow the plugin to process images you upload by going to Settings >> Media.
3. Video Presentations
The best way to embed video into your site is to upload your video presentation in as high a quality format as possible to one of the many video hosting websites. This has the added benefit of giving you a presence on very popular sites like YouTube.
Once you have edited and uploaded your video to YouTube all you need is the full URL to the video page. The easiest way to get the link is to look for the Share button.
On YouTube it looks like this:
So to summarize, at the end of this step we should have:
- A rough draft of the words we want to use for our about page and perhaps a first article idea.
- All your images optimized at a reasonable quality and no larger than 800 pixels wide/high.
- A list of video URLs for any movies you want to embed.
We’re ready to start publishing.
Before we do though. we need to setup Firefox to make WordPress access fast and easy.