From images and animation clips to recipes, savvy bloggers know that adding media to posts makes them much more engaging. Get inspired today with three embed options that add pop to your site.
Embed It: Using Media Like a Pro
Your blogs are designed to display a staggering number of media formats that you can embed directly into your posts. Nothing helps creativity more, though, than seeing how others are already using some of the great features available here on WordPress.com.
Today, let’s take a look at three bloggers who are harnessing the power of media embeds to add an extra layer to their content.
Writers interested in current events have been especially quick to explore Getty’s offerings. Journalist Patrick Galey, who covers the Middle East, has been an avid embedder. The images add yet another dimension to his in-depth reporting. For example, his recent post on the Muslim Brotherhood benefitted from this movement-filled picture of protesters in Egypt:
You can search for embeddable images directly on the Getty Images site by using this search form.
The blogger behind this lovely Australian lifestyle blog has struck a successful balance between a crisp, streamlined look and vibrant dashes of color. As one of the blog’s main areas of focus is food, recipes make a frequent appearance. So does our recently added recipe shortcode, which allows users to present their creations in a professional way.
Take a look at this simple ice cream recipe, for example, where the blogger has embellished the technical information (ingredients, servings…) with an enticing photo:
The shortcode support page will guide you through the easy tweaks you can introduce into each recipe to make it truly your own.
Multimedia artist Rod Webber uses his blog to document his many activities, which range from creating music to acting and making movies. Some of his neatest recent posts showcase another medium he’s been experimenting with, namely Vine stop-motion clips. With super-easy Vine embeds, it takes mere seconds before visitors can enjoy creative riffs like Juliann Rubijono’s Hands, a transfixing looped sequence:
Looking for more information on the types of media embeds you can use on your blog? This support page will answer all your questions.
Recipe looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing!
That is so cool! Looking forward to embellishing my blog site with some of these audio/visuals.
Oh wow! I’m brave enough to inject regular photo images into my blogs but now if “a picture is worth a thousand words,” I’ll await a mathematician to invent a formula to convert the rest of these media enhancements! Thank you.
One recipe format is a great idea for a blogging service. At the moment I’ve only published one recipe on my blog, an easy and traditional recipe from Málaga (Spain), but I have more on my mind and I would like sharing more in the future.
Thank you. Great feature!
I’ll have to revisit this! I just use Soundcloud or YouTube for now, but this will be helpful!!!
Am I the only one who hates those looping movement clips? They irritate the hell out of me as my eye is continually drawn to the clip while I’m trying to read.
Ben I still struggle with the elegant use of media in my blog and appreciate the opportunity to see the excellent work of others. Thanks again for sharing!
Hey Ben – thanks! I am SO not the tech-queen, so you’ve made my day! If you ever come my way, there’s a bowl of ice cream with your name on it!
Thanks for these tips, Ben. I didn’t know about the Getty clips – I’m definitely going to check it out. Do you know if they object to their images being altered? For, shall we say, comedic effect?
I guess I’m not super clear the advantage of using a image format post to embed a photo vs. a standard plain post format with photo embedded.
Does the image format post showcases the photo better / faster to upload on the fly to a blog? Meaning uploading with no text?
Lots of nice ideas to add texture.
I was really hoping the recipe code would work on my .org site but sadly it appears not to. :(
WordPress is getting more handy! Thanks!
I’m intrigued by the possibility of free photos. I currently use wikimedia.com. But I’m unsure about the Getty site. I searched for a photo for a post I plan to run and one with a price popped up. The chat lines have mixed views on this.
But will you ever allow Sketchfab.com embeds? That’d be really nice.
Interesting but when I actually browse Getty images they are priced, not free!
Do I have to be a member to use Getty Images?
Thanks for information!
Recipe looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing! I’ll have to revisit this! I just use Soundcloud or YouTube for now, but this will be helpful!!!
Interesting. Although i will stick will simple embedding of YouTube videos for now. They are the heart and soul of my music blog.
Thanks for the info! I just happened to be looking for something like this earlier today. Rock on :)
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I got this! Now if only I knew what to do with that blank rectangle on the right side of my page…