They say a picture is worth a thousand words. It can help illustrate a point you’re trying to make, how you felt at a particular moment or provide something to look at while you’re giving a presentation. I mainly use images to break up the writing on my posts. Using images means that I’m taking up space on the server to use them on my blog. That space can fill up quickly when you have a limited amount of space on a server too.
But there is a way around this! You can use Flickr to easily embed your own images on your site without taking up a ton of space on my account. Flickr is a ‘freemium’ web service where you can upload up to 1TB of images for free. You can organize the photos into albums and even edit the photos.
I stumbled across this solution when I was quickly reaching my storage quota for my website during ds106. I needed a way to upload all the images I created and didn’t have enough room on my website. So I thought I would show you all how simple it is to embed the images in posts and pages.
Before you can put the images on your website, you’ll need to upload them to Flickr. From the Flickr homepage, click the cloud icon in the top right corner.
You can click ‘Choose Photos and Videos to Upload’ or click and drag the images directly onto the screen to upload the images.
Once the images render, you can change the name, add them to albums, and give the item’s tags to organize them. This is totally your preference. When you’re ready, click ‘Upload’ in the top right corner. You’ll confirm the upload as well.
Embedding the Images
Once you have the images on Flickr. Click the photo you’d like to put on your website. Then click the down arrow icon. Click ‘View all sizes.’
This will bring up a new screen where you can toggle between image sizes. Select the image size you’d like to embed, then right click and click ‘Copy Image Address.’
This will give us a direct link to the image, rather than the Flickr album/photostream. Navigate to the WordPress post/page you’re working on. Within the visual editor, paste the link to the image.
Flickr will automatically change the URL into an image. You can manipulate it like you would if it was uploaded directly to the site.