Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London is huge. The main Olympic venues are widely separated by acres of open space through which the River Lea flows. There are play areas, cafes, places to sit and there has been extensive landscaping and planting.
Enlarging Images within Posts – a problem solved
Regular readers of this blog will know I have mentioned that I’ve been having a problem with image display. For some time images inserted into this blog have not been enlarging to their full intended size when clicked on. Instead a ‘Not Found’ message is displayed. This problem has affected other WordPress blogs and I am surprised that the WordPress forums have been so distinctly unhelpful in solving an issue that has turned out to be a very simple problem with an easy solution. My sincere thanks to Linda Leinen (click here to visit her blog that always provides a fascinating read) who found the solution for me.
All images uploaded for inclusion in posts on my blog have a pixel size that is greater than the blog’s width can accommodate. For standard landscape orientated images I choose a width of 1500 pixels, for vertical portrait type images I opt for a height of 1000pixels. Generally my upload files are about 450-750 KB. When readers click on an image then the full sized image should be displayed. That way the reader can see an image that is of higher quality. Recently that ability has been lost on my Blog.
To solve this problem you must ensure that you have the right settings in ‘Add Media’ for the full sized image to be shown on demand.
When you click on ‘Add Media’ you might select an image that you uploaded previously and is already in the gallery, or perhaps your normal workflow is to upload an image from your home computer at that time. Either way the image chosen is highlighted in a blue frame with a tick at the top Rt corner. To the right of the gallery below a thumbnail of your chosen image you will see ‘Attachment Display Settings’.
This is where the settings are important. ‘Alignment’ determines whether the image is centered or placed to the left or right. You may choose to occasionally use a thumbnail image or a medium sized one, in which case placement within the text might be important. However it’s the following two settings that are the ones to be aware of particularly. The next one is ‘Link To’ – from the drop down box select ‘Media File’. Finally in ‘Size’ you have four options: Thumbnail, Medium, Large and Full Size. This is the crucial box. Full Size is the original size of the image that you uploaded. If you want your image to fill the width of your blog’s text space then make sure you select ‘Large’.
Whether you opt for Thumbnail, Medium or Large for how your image will display within the text of a Post, when a viewer clicks on that image it is always the Full Size version that will be displayed usually in a separate window or tab.
It’s important to remember that the settings you choose at this stage are retained until you choose to amend them at some point in the future. Sadly those settings do not work retrospectively. If you want to amend previous Blogs where image display was not working properly then you will have to work your way through them all. You will need to edit each blog affected, click on the Image and delete it and then go to ‘Add Media’, locate the image to re-insert it and when you click on that image you will find the correct settings are displayed in Attachment Display Settings. So it’s easy to re-set previous Blogs, just boring repetitive work.
All the above applies to WordPress bloggers who are using the old Classic Editor. If you are not using that then you may need to follow the advice that Linda added to her email to me which I am adding below. The link that you will see is genuine and is quite technical. I have not needed to use it, but I’ve included it in case you might need it.
“Be Sure you’re working in the old, classic editor. One way to reclaim that ability, if you’ve lost it, is to go to this page. <https://tpenguinltg.github.io/wpcom-edit-post-redirect.user.js/#bookmarks>
Scroll down about 2/3 of the page, until you come to “Explicit Request: Using Bookmarks for each site.” There’s a link generator there where you can insert your blog’s URL and get links back to the Classic editor and dashboard. I just keep tabs open in my browser for easy clicking, and have the pages bookmarked, too, in case I lose them.”
I hope this is helpful to anyone who has had the same problem as I have. The answer is really so simple – obviously I haven’t been checking the settings when adding an image, but I would say that they are exactly intuitive. Why someone at WordPress has not answered my query is baffling.