Could you be accidentally publishing images, documents and other files to the web?
You could be if you forget that all uploaded files are on the web, not just those you’ve chosen to use in your posts. And those files can be surprisingly easy to find.
Here’s an example to explain.
Yesterday, a commercial publisher asked for permission to reuse an excellent photo, taken about 3 years ago, which they’d found on an Edubuzz blog. There’s nothing unusual about that: there are now over 8000 images on the site. What was unusual, though, was that the school involved didn’t think they’d used the photo on the blog.
This short video from thatwordpressguy shows you how NextGEN Gallery is used. It’s already installed on Edubuzz, so ignore the first bit: all you need to do is activate it on your blog.
Update 19-Apr-2010: If you’re going to use the Slideshow, you’ll want to go to Gallery > Options > Slideshow to get your slideshows set up the way you want. While you’re in there, you’ll need to paste the following URL into the box labelled “Path to the Imagerotator (URL):”
Some Edubuzz bloggers have been looking for ideas for alternative ways to present images, so we’ve now added the NextGEN gallery plugin.
This is the WordPress plugin for management and display of uploaded images. It’s the result of the combined effort of dozens of people, and offers a wide range of options. If you activate the plugin, you’ll find you’ll get a new Gallery menu in the left sidebar, and an “Add NextGEN Gallery” menu option in your editor toolbar. Usability looks good; it’s simple to create a Gallery, upload images to it, and embed it in posts. It will even let you upload multiple images at once, which is a valuable time-saver. Remember, though to keep images to a sensible size, no more than about 20KB to 100KB. That’s plenty for web use, and it saves disk space and upload time!