WordPress tutorial series – Part 1 The blog photo and its URL

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Welcome to a WordPress tutorial series in six parts! The tips will be short, but hopefully sweet, and today we begin with looking at what happens to the blog photo when you “Add Media” without changing the automatic settings.

The automatic attachment settings

This is a recent screenshot of what it looks like in Firefox when I am writing a blog post and have uploaded a picture via “Add Media” without having finished by “inserting into post” yet:

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The automatic setting in “Link To” is “Media File”. If you don’t change this, your photo or picture will be a live link to the original URL of this uploaded blog-post attachment.

Unlink your photo

In other words, when a reader hovers above this photo, it will look like something that can be opened or a link to follow elsewhere, and so, when they click on the photo, it will open in the same tab or window. The only way then for the reader to get back to your blog post is by clicking back.

To prevent this from happening, you need to do the following:

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Choose “None” from the drop-down menu next to “Link To”.

Make a live link

However, if you do want the reader to be able to find the original source of for example a “borrowed” photograph, and you indeed do want the photo in question to be a so-called live link, do this instead:

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Choose “Custom URL” and add this address to the field below. It is good practice to link to a specific blog post rather than a general blog URL or a specific photo URL.

Do you have questions or is this crystal clear? Did you perhaps know this already? Comments are welcome as usual!

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