Time to make your blog looks more sexy and pretty? A blog with some graphics and videos are always more appealing than plain boring text-only blog. However, adding medias and creating a blog with professional looks is not that scary and hard at all.
First, get started by familiarize yourself with the editing panel of WordPress. Look at the picture below, there is four buttons where you can add medias, from left to right: “Add an Image” button, “Add Video” button, “Add Audio” button and “Add Media” button.
For any websites, there are generally two methods of adding an image to your website.
1. Upload to your web-server.
In this method, your media is saved in your own server. You upload the medias via FTP or the build in uploader software to your website directly. The advantage is that you can make sure your medias will always available for viewing. The disadvantages are it will occupy your server hard disk space, and also the bandwidth.
2. Adding the URL of a media file.
In this method, you are adding a URL of the media file and put it into your website, just like embedding Youtube movie to your website. The Youtube movie is actually located in Youtube server, but because you put the URL in your website, the visitors are able to view the Youtube movie in your website. This is similar to using URL to add the media to your website. The media (image or video) is actually located in other website, and you are just using a adding a place holder for your blog to display the media. The advantage of this method is, you save your hard disk space and also bandwidth. And the disadvantage is you have no control over the media, the owner of the medias may remove the media from his website and this will cause a your blog to show “missing media” as the link is broken.
Both method have it’s own advantage and disadvantage and I recommend using them in mixture. For some medias from reliable sources such as Youtube and Wikipedia, you can simply use the method #2 to save your hard disk space as well as bandwidth. For the remaining medias, it’s better to use method #1 where you upload and save the medias to your server hard disk.
Play around with the medias and you will get familiar with it with days. Remember, a guide for a good looking blog is to have at least one image with every posts.