How to Set Your Media Options On WordPress

Hi, everyone. Welcome to Today’s tutorial, I’m going to walk you through the Media Settings portion of WordPress. And the Media Settings is where you set options for how you want your image files to be resized, how you want embedded files to appear, and how you store uploads.


So when you want to go to your Media Settings page, you are going to click open the settings submenu at the very bottom of the navigation menu, and you’re going to scroll down to where it says “Media.” Once you’ve clicked that link, it will bring you to the Media Settings page. And as you can see here, we have three sections.


And our very first section is our Image Sizes section, and here is where you determine the maximum dimensions in pixels to use when inserting an image into your post. And all of these numbers you see here are what are selected by default, but you can choose any one of them. So here, you would choose dimensions for thumbnail size, for medium size, and for large size, which are all the sizes that an image can be on your post. And the only other option you have here besides setting the dimensions is clicking this box right here. Under where it says “thumbnail size,” you can… It chooses to crop thumbnail to exact dimensions, and it will do that automatically for you if you click this box.

And then our very next section is the embedding section, and it’s pretty much all about how you embed links and files for video and audio files. So your first section is the auto-embeds, and by clicking this box, you automatically attach hyperlinks to the URLs you type into your posts. So WordPress will automatically do that for you by clicking this box right here. And then the second section, which is labeled maximum embed size, here’s where you set dimensions – both width and height. So the size that you want all your embedded files to be, and this is where you choose that right here – your width and height.


And then scrolling down a bit, our last section is our Uploading File section, and the first box by default, it already has this length. But here is where you type in the server path where you want all of your file uploads to be stored. And the only thing I will mention here is that you could choose any folder that you want, but you have to make sure the folder you choose is set to what they call “permission 755,” and that is just so that you make sure that the folder is writeable. ‘


And then the second textbox is actually optional. You not need to put anything in there, but here is where you just type in the full URL path to your uploads file. And then the very last option before you save your changes is here. If you click this box, it will organize all of your uploads into month- and year-based folders, so you can actually organize these by putting them into a month-based folder or a year-based folder, which is pretty much just easy for you to search all of your files.


And then once you’re completely done, what you want to do is click this button, and all of your changes will be saved. And this is how you choose your media settings. Thank you for watching.


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Andy Johnson

Andy Johnson has been on the Internet since the its dawn(ie his first computer program was recorded on cassette tape) and his first hard drive cost about as much his current MacBook. His first byline was in 1993 for a local newspaper rag he eventually helmed, and his last “real job” was at a computer start up which ended when it ended. Throughout it all he’s freelanced and blogged. Now he is mesmerized by Search Engine Optimization forever trying to “rise to the top” for the right reasons. He’s been married to his wife Julia for as long as he can remember and has two lovely, wonderful children. He looks forward to sharing the latest in the technical best for all the online entrepreneurs.