So far in our series of lesser-known WordPress.com features, we’ve discussed handy editing tools and neat ways to split up longer posts. This time, let’s leave text behind and talk about three image presentation tools you might have missed.
But there are some additional image-related features to discover.
Among the modules below your dashboard editor, there’s an unassuming Featured Image option:
Try clicking “Set featured image” and uploading an image (or choosing one of your existing images). It’s likely that you won’t see this image in your post itself, but different themes display featured images in different ways. For example, here I’ve added a featured image of a bridge:
With the Twenty Eleven theme, this image is then used as a special header image on the single post page for that post:
In the Visual theme, it’s shown above the post on the homepage:
It’s important to note that some themes don’t use featured images in any obvious way, but many do. If you aren’t sure if yours does, find your theme in the Theme Showcase and check out its documentation.
Do you use Flickr to store and organize your photos? Did you know you can connect your Flickr account to your WordPress.com site to blog your images right from Flickr?
To try it out, follow these instructions to connect your Flickr account to your site. Once they’re connected, pick an image you want to post, and click the share icon in the lower right-hand corner.
You’ll see a WordPress icon, which will give you a pop-up where you can add your title and post content:
Click “Post” when you’re done, and it posts directly to your blog!
Finally, you probably use galleries to display multiple images in your posts and pages. But you can also display an attractive gallery in your sidebar or footer using the Gallery Widget.
Just add the Gallery Widget to your sidebar, choose the images you want included, and choose the format for how you want it to display:
You can choose the various gallery styles for the widget as well:
If you have an image-heavy blog and you haven’t yet tried out these features, play around with them! They’re a fun way to add some variety to your site.
Nov 25th at 4:43 pm
Thanks. But what about the app? I am using wordpress app a lot on my android when not using my computet. Does the new feature available for wordpress app too?
Nov 25th at 4:46 pm
I love this feature and have added it. Would like to see the all ready uploaded pics easier to find. Maybe sorted by date uploaded? It’s hard to find pics I want to reuse on my media files versus just re-uploading them again. Thanks for all you do.
Nov 25th at 5:35 pm
These are some really cool suggestion and I didn’t actually know that we can directly post on WordPress from flickr. I really liked this post
Nov 25th at 5:49 pm
Flickr integration at best is very basic and doesn’t really allow for writing a complete blog post with several images. It’s fine if you just want to post an image and say a few words about it.
Nov 25th at 6:41 pm
Had no idea there was a gallery widget! Thanks for sharing about it…i just added a really cool slideshow to my sidebar!!
Nov 25th at 6:43 pm
Thanks for this! I hope we can search for themes by available widgets and display options.
Nov 25th at 6:50 pm
I really needed this when I set up my blog. Hope it’s as easy as it seems, thanks.
Nov 25th at 7:15 pm
You always give us terrifically useful stuff! Thanks heaps, eurello!
Nov 25th at 7:18 pm
Thanks so much for sharing.I love photos and they do so much to enhance a blog bit it part of using wordpress I have yet to conquerCharlotte Ortega
Nov 25th at 7:58 pm
Hello, Gallery Widget seemed like a cool addition to my site I thought, however on its download page there is a warning saying:
This plugin hasn’t been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.
So I have decide to abstain from using it.
I hope it helps.
Nov 25th at 8:38 pm
Love using the Flickr integration, but wish it would respect the right-click disable that I use on my Flickr site.
Nov 25th at 9:10 pm
This is what makes me love WordPress more than other blog hosts -the wonderful and dedicated support that we get from time to time. I love the gallery widget as I love to decorate my sidebar. Honestly, I don’t like the sidebar rolling down blank as I scroll down the page. Thank you Elizabeth.
Nov 25th at 9:14 pm
Many thanks…some wonderful tips here for we newbies. Thank you.
Nov 25th at 9:15 pm
Thanks for the helpful info! I’ve just connected my blog to Flickr
Nov 25th at 10:58 pm
This is fantabulous ! Thanks heaps will use it soon.
Nov 25th at 11:43 pm
Can a Gallery image be made into a link?
Nov 26th at 12:29 am
I went through and added feature images to all my film reviews yesterday (which was pretty easy because I’ve only been here for a little while), and am really happy with the range of options this provides me for themes! Finding lots of nice new ones that wouldn’t have worked otherwise.
Nov 26th at 2:08 am
Thank you for your reply. I do not have the widget on my dashboard. That’s why I searched and found that plugin. Is it posible to download and install it? Thank you and hello to Thomasina.
Nov 26th at 4:03 am
It appears not all themes support “feature images”. I became slightly deranged trying to find it then changed themes and it appeared.
Nov 26th at 9:54 am
Hi Elizabeth, thanks for your blog! Unfortunately my chosen theme doesnt have the gallery widget. But i would really need it and dont want to choose another theme. So the plugin would be the only way to install the gallery widget? And as mentioned by franasia the plugin is too old. Is there no other way to download the gallery widget? Thanks!
Nov 26th at 5:41 pm
WordPress is a beautiful platform. Hats off to all the developers of WordPress
Nov 26th at 6:14 pm
Ooooh! Excited to try the Gallery Widget for all the little blog badges that tend to clutter up the sidebar.
Nov 29th at 6:48 pm
Fabulous, informative post. I had always been wondering how to show a featured image. Thanks!