Not The Official WordPress.com Gallery FAQ – Calypso Style

When WordPress.com introduced the latest version of the New Dashboard’s Post/Page Editor in late 2015, working with the Gallery feature was completely re-imagined. It was also revealed to the community that the changes we’ve experienced on WordPress.com over the last two years were due to the new motor under the hood (aka Calypso). This is the “New Blue” Dashboard users arrive at when logging in from the WordPress.com home page. If you regularly use the WP Admin Dashboard on your site and/or want to dig deeper into the Gallery feature and what it can do, you’ll want to read my original “Not the WordPress.com Gallery FAQ.” What follows is relevant for creating a Gallery in the Calypso dashboard.

First, a definition:

What is a Gallery?

A Gallery is a thumbnail set of images that appears in your Post or Page. Clicking on any thumbnail image will open by default the full screen Photo Carousel viewer with a link to the original image.

Since Calypso’s introduction, many of the posts published with multiple images I’ve seen seem to show that users are not aware they can create a Gallery of photos in their posts. It’s true that the Calypso interface makes inserting multiple individual images very easy, but doing so makes your post a very long scroll for your site visitors and a long page load time if you’re inserting the full size image of each.

ProTip: Check your theme’s image specs so that you aren’t uploading oversized images and eating up your storage space unnecessarily. The added bonus is that page load times speed up considerably when images have smaller pixel dimensions. 1600 pixels wide is a good all-around size also for Featured Images.

Here’s an overview of how to create a Gallery in the Calypso interface. We’ll break down each step after the video.

Give it a Title:

You’ll notice that the first thing WordPress.com suggests when creating a new Post or Page in the Calypso dashboard is to give it a title before doing anything else. That’s great advice because it immediately saves your Post/Page to memory. Don’t worry If you can’t think of your final post title right away, but you should change your Title to the final version before you publish, not after.

Add Media:

calypso-gallery-faq-add mediaNext, place your cursor where you want your Gallery of images to appear and click the “Add Media” button in the tool bar above the Post Editor.

On the following screen you can select or upload the images you wish to include in your Gallery. You can also add images from URL, which uploads the image to your site’s Media Library. If you accidentally select a wrong image, click it again to deselect it. Note: The Gallery feature can only be used with image files (JPG, JPEG, GIF, PNG). When adding an image from URL, your image must also end in one of those extensions.

When you’ve finished selecting the images for your Gallery, click on the “Continue” button.

Pick a Layout:

On the next screen, you can preview your selected images both as Individual images, inserted one after the other, and in various Gallery styles. I strongly suggest experimenting to find the layout you like best for your images. Factors that influence Gallery image layout include the ratio of portrait to landscape images you have, as well as the relative image ratio of each image (4:3, 16:9, 1:1, etc.).  As you go through the list of possible Gallery styles, in the right sidebar you’ll also see the options under each style change. Here, too, experiment a bit with the options to see what layout works best for your images/theme. You can reorder, add and delete Gallery images by flipping over to the “Edit” tab to do so. Note: One “option” that isn’t listed under the “Link to” drop down menu along with Attachment Page, Media File and None, is the Image Gallery Carousel. That is because it is the default for all Gallery styles. If you want to use the other “Link to” options in your Gallery feature, you first need to disable the Carousel in your site’s Media Settings.

Insert and Preview:

Once you customized your Gallery to your liking, it’s time to click the “insert” button and preview your Gallery in your Post or Page.

In my screenshot above, I chose “Tiled Mosaic” but because all the images I’ve included in the Gallery are portrait orientation, I don’t like the way the resulting Gallery looks in the Post. Fortunately, you can edit the Gallery in your Post Editor after you insert it as well.

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Click anywhere on the Gallery images and two icons appear, “Edit” and “Remove.” Clicking on the Edit button brings you back to the Layout screen where you can select and/or rearrange your images in a different layout.

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This time I’ve chosen the “Tiled Columns” style, clicked “Update” to update my Gallery settings and returned to my Post Editor screen. Now it’s time to look at the full Preview.

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When you click the “Preview” button in the Post Editor, an overlay screen appears with a number of different ways to preview your post. You can select Full Window, which opens the Preview in a separate browser window; Desktop, Tablet and Mobile resize the overlay screen to emulate those devices. Click on the X in the upper left corner of the overlay screen to close it and return to your Post Editor.

If you like what you see and you’ve added all the text to your post, it’s time to Publish!

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Wait! Remember when we started about 10 scrolls above, the Post title we gave was a temporary one to get the Post saved to memory. Now’s the time to update the Post title to it’s final version and add all the other features that will get our Post noticed in WordPressdotcom’s Reader, in Publicize and shared on social media. Click each module in the left sidebar to open it and make all your changes as desired. Note: If your theme supports it, in the “Post Format” module you may see an option to publish in Gallery Post Format. This is not the same thing as creating a Gallery feature and affects how your Post is displayed only on the blog front page. You do not need to publish your post in Gallery Post Format for the Gallery feature to show in your Post.

Now it’s time to publish!

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Happy Gallery creating, publishing and sharing!

To see all the images in this post displayed as a Gallery, click the Next Page button.

The sandwich critique (a how to guide)

So far the Photo101 assignments have been interesting, certainly, but generally void of real critique. New followers and/or likes on our assignment posts can be an ego boost, but will those types of feedback help you grow as a photographer? blips posted a guide to critiquing your fellow Photo101 participants’ photos without falling into the trap of Minnesota “nice”. A worthy read.

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Let me confess one thing right away; I have been scolded, trashed and even threatened for giving critique on a photo. Not for using a excuse but I’m Dutch (The Netherlands or Holland) it’s like a New Yorker that will tell you straight out and blunt what they think. After a lot of years now living in the US I came to understand that telling it straight out is not that much appreciated.  It’s the “How are you doing” greeting we use in Minnesota, nobody really wants to know that you feel crappy or sick or whatever, you always say something like “Fine, how about you” It’s a concept foreign to foreigners.

Ok so I did read up about this why people were so much upset with my critique because when I say the horizon is crooked, it is!

hamburger-critiqueI stumbled across the Sandwich technique people used to critique writers…

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Pick a Size-Gallery Updated!

Another subtle update to the Gallery feature has been pushed out. This update brings to the Edit Gallery screen the ability to select image size, which was previously available only by directly editing the Gallery shortcode in the Text tab of the Post or Page Editor.

When you open the Media Manager’s Edit Gallery screen, beyond Link to, Columns, Random Order and Type, you’ll now see an additional drop down menu which allows you to select Gallery image size- Thumbnail, Medium, Large or Full Size. While I have not had an opportunity to experiment with all the Gallery Types, in the past these image size choices have been relevant only for the default Thumbnail Gallery and not the “mosaic” type of Gallery.

Your image size selection should also influence the number of columns you select to use. If your theme has a particularly narrow posting column or even a full-page template, you may need to experiment a bit with image size and number of columns to get the best result for your theme.

And here’s the bonus: you can now easily insert even a single image which will be displayed in a Gallery and then, by default, the Photo Carousel. If you wish to align your single image to the left or right and have text wrap around it, you’ll still have to get your feet wet in the Text tab of the Editor, but it’s a grand start!

Flickr ending Share to WordPress option March 25th

For the full story: [Official Thread] Welcome back HTML Embeds! Goodbye to some sharing options.

The salient part is:

Secondly, we are announcing that we are deprecating the support for our built-in sharing options for WordPress [Ed: spelled in the original with a small “p”], Blogger and LiveJournal on 3/25. Deprecating features is never an easy decision, but we have seen that all of these services combined are now adding up to less than one percent of daily share volume from Flickr.

Which I understand to mean that this method will no longer be supported: http://en.support.wordpress.com/images/flickr-photos/#blogging-your-photos (link to Internet Archive)

Meantime, the flickr HTML embed option is being brought to the “new flickr experience” in addition to the current iframe embed, which we cannot use here on WordPress.com.

Of course, this does not affect the WP o-embed method of copying and pasting the link of the flickr image page on its own line in your post or page. Or at least I hope not!

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(HTML embed from the original flickr experience coming soon to the “new flickr experience” near you.)

Attachment Pages, Images and Carousels! Oh My!

Or: First the WordPress Gallery Had Attachment Pages, Then It Had The Photo Carousel. (But, really, it still has Attachment Pages.)

This is a bit of a “Red Pill/Blue Pill” post and assumes you have a good understanding of the underpinnings of WordPress.com’s image handling and the Gallery feature. Even if you do, you might want to keep headache relief nearby. After going down the rabbit hole, you’ll learn how you can use the Gallery feature to display your single images in the Photo Carousel.

Every image you upload to your WordPress.com site creates a corresponding Attachment page. You can check this out yourself by uploading an image directly to your Media Library and then clicking on the “View” link for that image in the Media Library.

Read the full post on Gallery-A Demo Blog