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Page Design Webinar

Here’s a recording of Wednesday’s page design webinar, in which we examined four before and after examples from across the Argo Network. (The recording weighs in at roughly one hour and five minutes, so it may take a moment for the content to load. If you have trouble accessing the recording, let us know.)

The webinar video is available here.

For those of you that missed it, The presentation was divided into three parts:

  • In part 1, we walked through 4 before and after examples from across the Argo network discussing the rationale behind the changes I made.
  • In part 2, I recreated a post from scratch, and highlighted some of the techniques we discussed in part 1. (cropping, creating asides, using sub-headings)
  • Part 3 was a Q&A in which we discussed any formatting and design challenges that weren’t covered in the presentation.

How to add pull quotes and asides to a post

Among the text formatting options available to you when creating a new post are the pull quote and aside. You probably won’t use these text formatting features every day, but they can come in handy when you’d like to add visual interest and organization to a longer post. Check out the following screencast to learn how to create pull quotes and asides or follow along with the step by step guide.

Oh, and if you’d like to see finished examples, be sure to check out the long post page in the style guide.


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Quote formatting options

As some of you may have noticed, placing a blockquote in close proximity to an image you have floated to the left or the right will cause the text wrap around the image, but the background color will still span the full width of the content well. (example below)

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umjanedoan via Flickr

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

While an option on the table for us is to remove the background color on blockquotes and style them in a different way, keep in mind that it’s perfectly acceptable to use quote marks and italicized text in lieu of a blockquote. (example below)

quinn-anya

quinn-anya via Flickr

“Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.”

As always, we’re here to help, so let us know how we can make text formatting easier for you.

Linking to source images

If you make use of an image from another source in one of your posts, it’s standard practice to link the image on your post back to the source page you found the image on. To do so, please follow these steps:

  1. Download the image from source page to your desktop.
  2. Upload the image to your post using the WordPress image uploader tool.
  3. Click the edit button under the image in the WordPress uploader tool to scale and/or crop the image to a size that matches one of the recommended image proportions
  4. Add credit and caption information
  5. Cut and paste URL from source page of image into Link URL
  6. Select photo alignment
  7. Insert into post

Finally, please avoid the Add Media File From URL tab (image attached) when grabbing images from external sites. This feature will add an image to your post from another location, but the image file will still be served from the other location. Consequently, if the source site is down or moves the image, we have no way of recovering the file.

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Avoid this tab

WordPress attachment pages

By default, WordPress links photos you have uploaded to your posts to attachment pages. Click on the image inserted into this post to see what I mean. In most cases, this attachment page should not be there. Lucky for us, getting rid of the page is straightforward. If you select none (outlined in red in the attached image), the attachment pages will no longer be linked to from your post. WordPress should remember the setting going forward. When it comes time to upload your next image, please select none for the Link URL and ignore the File URL and Post URL buttons for images.

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How to add a slideshow

Our revised slideshow format is engineered for simplicity and flexibility. Recommended dimensions of slideshow images are the same as recommended dimensions for large images in posts (the ideal photo is 620 pixels wide and 360 pixels tall; height matters less than width in this case), and must be saved in JPG format. While WordPress can “downsize” images that are larger than 620 pixels wide, it cannot “upsize” or make small images larger, so always upload images 620 pixels wide or larger.

The slideshow presentation has been optimized for horizontal images cropped at a 3×2 ratio, so whenever possible use a horizontal image. The slideshow will support other dimensions, but again: the ideal horizontal crop is 620×360. If you must use a vertical, the ideal crop is 300×400. Finally, the depth of vertical images should not exceed 400px.