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WordPress and the Crossroads of Images and Videos
If you want to convey an emotion, there are a myriad of ways how you can go about doing it - from images to emojis, you are spoilt for choice. However, not all means are equally adequate for your WordPress blog’s needs. In its latest update, WP Media Folder has introduced new ways to share, protect and manage content.
A few years ago, the phrase ‘moving pictures’ would have resulted in snarky comments about how that type of media is called a video. Whereas that still applies today, new forms of images have surfaced in the past years, giving this phrase a completely new dimension - namely, GIFs.
The now-famous GIF image format has adopted the best of both worlds, combining images and videos into an easy-to-share format. Small, quick to load and expressive, GIFs have taken an all-new amplitude in the blogging world to effortlessly share reactions and emotions.
WP Media Folder 4.5 has introduced GIF support to your WordPress. On WordPress, GIFs act like any other image file. The only quirk is that when inserting the GIF into your content, you have to choose to display the image in its full size to avoid getting an immobile image.
The WordPress plugin also includes the provision of changing the way WordPress displays your GIFs. Underneath the files & folders tab in WP Media Folder’s settings, you can load the GIF image while loading the page itself.
If you subscribe to the more traditional meaning of moving pictures, WP Media Folder 4.5 has something in store for you as well. The plugin now boasts extended support for more video platforms, now comprising not only YouTube, but also Vimeo and Dailymotion.
Whether you have been long at work on an infographic, or simply sharing some of your art, it is perfectly reasonable to expect those who share your images to credit you. Watermarks are the de facto means to protect your media, and WP Media Folder has now boosted their capabilities on your WordPress blog.
The new capabilities build on top of WP Media Folder’s watermarks and allow you to scale the source image, which is particularly useful if your watermark is unusually small or large. On top of that, WP Media Folder also lets you define a margin around your watermarks. All of these options can be tweaked from underneath the files & folders tab in your WP Media Folder plugin’s settings page.
Watermarks are the first of a list of additions to your WordPress backend. For instance, one tiny addition that could easily slip under your radar is the ability to filter folders by searching for them by name.
User experience has also been a focal point of WP Media Folder’s latest release. The little details make or break a plugin, and while working on your WordPress blog you might notice some of these new, miniscule additions, such as small prompts telling you the destinations of the files being uploaded.
On top of the cosmetic changes, the plugin has seen a new update under the hood, resulting in more efficient processing of thumbnails. In fact, recent images will now be processed first when regenerating thumbnails, thus ensuring that new images are affected.
Above all, WordPress is a communication medium, bridging the thousands of miles separating you from your audience. WP Media Folder is just one component making up your blog. However, its latest updates make it far easier to connect with your readership. Whether with GIFs or videos, there is no reason you cannot relay your emotions!