Understanding the Settings: Media and Ratings
This is the last post for the WordPress.com Settings, and now we're going to be dealing with the pages in between the ones I have already covered: Settings General; Settings Writing; Settings Reading; Settings: Discussion and Settings: Sharing.
Those were the biggies. Now I'll quickly whisk through two other pages (Media and Ratings) that a beginner blogger should be aware of, pointing out the bits you ought to know about. Don't worry, there isn't much.
Understanding the Settings: Media
As before, go to the Dashboard page (see how in Settings: General), find Settings at the bottom of the left sidebar and select Media:
How big do you want your images to be?
When you place an picture in a post or page, you automatically upload it into the Media Library, so you can use it again.
During this process, and before you insert the image into your post, you are given the option to choose its size:
And you can see, you can select between Thumbnail, Medium and Full Size. I always prefer Full Size for my pictures, so it's best to check this before you click on the 'Insert into post' button.
In the screen shot below, the Thumbnail maximum width is 150 pixels, and you can see in the picture above this is reflected in the size dimensions quoted for the Thumbnail - 83 x 150.
And the same for the Medium - 166 x 300, and the maximum Medium width is 300 pixels.
The Full Size maximum is very big at 1024 pixels. I know that the optimum width for this blog's text space is 680 pixels, so if the Settings accommodate up to 1024 pixels, this is more than enough.
If you know what you're doing, you can adjust these sizes. Otherwise, I would leave well alone.
Let's have a gallery display
This is a relatively new facility. WordPress.com now offer a gallery feature with carousel. I have investigated this fully in this How To post about galleries.
Meanwhile I would leave everything as it is, unless you want your gallery's background to be white instead of black. Ticking the Tiled Galleries option will make your galleries look fabulous, learn more here!
Anyone for video?
Adding video to a WordPress.com post is fairly easy (and there will, of course, be a How To post about this later). This option is for technical bloggers, so don't worry about this.
And remember to click on the Save Changes button if necessary.
Understanding the Settings: Ratings
Now let's investigate the Ratings page. Pop over to the Dashboard page, search out Settings and click on Ratings:
How do you rate your posts?
WordPress.com offers a rating system for posts, pages and comments. It is another way of gaining acknowledgement from your readers other than through comments. It's similar to the like system mentioned in Settings: Sharing.
It looks like this:
And there are separate options available, so first let's look at posts:
Because posts can be listed both on a blog's front page as well as on their individual pages, there have to be extra options available.
Let's experiment. If the Front Page, etc option was ticked, then the rating stars would appear on the post listing page. With the positioning set for above the blog post, this is the result:
If the settings were as in the screen shot above, then the ratings would appear at the bottom of the individual's post's page like this:
If you want both options, then click everything!
There is a second option specifically for pages:
And a third for comments:
Which looks a bit different:
As it is a series of thumbs up or down for approval ratings rather than graded stars.
And as usual, don't forget:
There are other pages in the Settings, but as a beginner blogger I wouldn't be too worried about them. Which for some of you might be a big relief!
Next post in this Settings Series will be exploring the differences and extras you will find in self-hosted WordPress.org blog Settings.