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Using the Wordpress Media Library

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Using the Wordpress Media Library

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

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