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Using the Wordpress Media Library and Slideshare with the Iowa State University College of Engineering's new websites.

Using the Wordpress Media Library and Slideshare with the Iowa State University College of Engineering's new websites.

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Using the Wordpress Media Library Using the Wordpress Media Library Presentation Transcript

  • WORDPRESSmedia library organization
    How to keep it clean, manageable, and easy to use
    travisballstadt, digital media coordinator
    iowa state university college of engineering
  • the wordpress media library can – and will – become a very large database of images, audio files, pdfs, and more
    as our sites fill out and more departments add to the media library, it will become more crucial to keep it well organized
  • wordpress has a wonderful built in search functionality to make finding content in the media library very simple.
    the key is to properly name content and tag it NOW to make it easier to find LATER
    fear not
  • the key is to properly name content and tag it NOW to make it easier to find LATER
  • if we do the work now, we can easily find our content years from now
    titles, descriptions, and filenames are all searchable keywords
    pro tip : search before upload
    For non-timely news type images (ie headshots), search first to see if there’s already one there to avoid duplicates
  • Name the file appropriately before uploading
    Do not upload as “IMG_018” etc.
    Add titles and descriptions that are keywords about what the photo is, or who is in it
    If you were looking for this photo, what would you search for?
  • file name is searchable
    Title – different from filename
    Description – be DESCRIPTIVE! Add names of people in the photo
  • naming conventions
    • headshots: AllemanJames.jpg
    • action shots: filename flyingmonkeys.jpg
    title The Flying Monkeys
    description The Flying Monkeys Girl Scout Troop FLL team
    prosthetic hand Global Innovation Award Claire
    Bassett team mentor alumni
    • news shots: think in terms of a caption on a photo.
    if your photo has a caption, copy & paste it to description
    captions are not searchable
  • more pro tips
    • upload a decent sized photo, resize it in wordpress
    • not GINORMOUS, but around 1280x720 @ 72dpi is good
    • scale it down when you add it to a page or post
    • ALWAYS search the database before adding a generic photo, or headshot
    • try to keep duplicates out
    • an uploaded photo can be added to unlimited posts/pages
    • resizing in wordpress is only attached to that post/page
    • original uploaded photo is available for other uses on site
    • you might even find a photo you like better in the media library
  • how to log in, upload, and embed a powerpoint presentation
    SLIDESHAREpresentationsharing network
  • slideshare is basically a social network for sharing presentations and, therefore, information
    it will allow users to easily view a presentation without leaving our website or downloading the file and opening new software
  • we have an official college of engineering account to keep all presentations in one central location
    username is collegerelations@iastate.edu
  • once logged in, the dashboard will show you a big UPLOAD button
    powerpoint presentations & pdfs only, please
  • upload publicly (privately is not an option on our account)
    navigate to the file(s) on your hard drive and upload
    you can upload multiple files at one time
  • change the name of the file if you wish – use something descriptive
    add tags – keywords for people searching
    category should be “education”
    remember, this is like a social network, people searching for information will come across these files
    after a large conference, you can search slideshare for the name of the conference and find most of the presentations for review
  • click a presentation name to go to its individual page
    here you can view the presentation or make changes to the descriptive information you entered
  • copy the url of the slideshow
    paste it into your wordpress page or post
    done.
  • travisballstadtballstad@iastate.edu
    515.294.6750