How to prepare images for upload

Before you upload an image to WordPress, it’s best to set its maximum size to avoid sluggish page download times and resolution and its file name to be search-engine-friendly.

You’ll need an image editor that lets you set the dimensions and resolution (dots per inch) of an image, such as GIMP or Adobe Photoshop.

  1. Preserve your original photograph by first making a copy of it you can resize.
  2. Rename the copy of the image on your computer to be search-engine-friendly.

    (To rename a file on the PC, locate the file in File Manager or My Computer, select (highlight) the image file by clicking on its name, and press F2 or select Rename from the File menu. You can then change the name and press ENTER to save the new name.)

    The new name should include the name of your website and a word or two to describe the image well and uniquely identify it on your site. The words in the file name constitute search key words, so be explicit.

    Separate words with hyphens, not spaces or underscores. Omit punctuation such as commas, apostrophes, and parentheses.

    Capitalization doesn’t matter as far as search-engines are concerned. You might want to stick with all lower-case so you don’t have to remember whether a given word is capitalized later on.


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  3. Resize the image.

    Gallery images should be 1000px wide by 600px high.

    Page header images should be 960px wide by 180px high.

    Open the copy with your image editor. If the image is larger than desired, reduce the dimensions to the maximum width and the maximum height.

    Do not enlarge small images, as that will make them look pixelated (poor quality).

  4. Save and close the image.