Best Image Size for a WordPress Website – Twenty Twelve or Twenty Thirteen?
There are so many reasons why you might want to consider reworking your website’s layout. Maybe you want to change the colors or tweak the text a bit. Perhaps you even want to add a bit more interactivity by changing the button to a link or adding a form. No matter what you’re looking for, there’s a way you can do it with WordPress.
One of the most fundamental aspects of your website’s performance is its visual appearance. After all, people will have a much easier time understanding and engaging with your content if the page is well designed. Which element of the page’s design do you think is the most important? The text of your posts? The images you use? The combination of both?
Chances are, you’ve already answered this question yourself. After all, you’ve already created the page. You’re reading it right now, aren’t you?
If you’re curious, you can always go to your website’s dashboard to check out its current statistics. In addition to displaying page visits and traffic, you’ll see a variety of other information about your site. Most importantly, you can view the source code of the page, which will allow you to inspect the elements that make up the page’s design. (You can do this by clicking on the page’s “view code” link located at the bottom of the page statistics.)
The Default Size For Post Thumbnails
One of the first things you’ll notice when you visit a WordPress website is the size of the images used throughout the site. By default, WordPress uses a relatively small image size of 150×150 pixels for its post thumbnails. This is fine for most situations. However, if you have a high-end device with a high-resolution display, you might want to consider using a larger image size so the text doesn’t get cut off on small screens.
The best practice is to use the “Full Page Image” feature within WordPress. Using this feature, you can upload an image that’s the size of the entire webpage, taking up the entire browser window. This way, the browser will always scale the image to fit the screen regardless of the zoom level. This feature is available in WordPress versions 4.3 and newer.
Why A Landscape Layout Is Best
Before we begin talking about the various ways you can change the appearance of your site, it’s important to note what type of layout you’re using. There are two basic approaches to layering text on a page. One is a vertical layout, where the text is placed in columns. The other is a landscape layout, where the text fills the entire width of the browser window.
Landscape layouts provide your readers with more room to browse your content and more visual appeal. In addition, as the name implies, landscape layouts provide the user with a more natural perspective of the content. This is because the text is typically read from right to left in Arabic countries. For this reason, a landscape layout can help promote equality by demonstrating to the reader that the content is also meant to be read from top to bottom.
You can use a variety of plugins to implement a landscape layout on your WordPress site. Two of the most popular plugins are the aptly named “Portrait Mode” and the more basic “Flexible Page-Layout.” The first provides the perfect hybrid solution where you can have portrait-style posts but still have a landscape-style page when viewing the site’s statistics. The second simply allows you to change the entire layout of the site to landscape mode. (You can learn more about these plugins in the WordPress documentation.)
The Wide Awake Layout
One of the nicest things about WordPress is how easily it embraces change. No matter how many times we tell them not to, users will always find a way to make their content harder to understand or use. This is because WordPress is such a flexible content management system – and that’s a good thing!
One of the reasons WordPress is so adaptable is because of its modular architecture. This means you can take advantage of the fact that the code is open-source and make changes to how the system works simply by altering the modules that make up WordPress’s source code. (You can read more about this in the WordPress documentation.)
If you’re interested, you can get started with WordPress easily enough. All you need is a reliable internet connection and you can be creating your blog or website in no time at all. (You can even use a free blog hosting service like WordPress.com to save you the time and effort of setting up your own blog.)
Of course, you don’t have to stop there. You can use a variety of tools to make your site even more user-friendly.
How To Change The Overall Appearance Of Your Site
Now that you have a good understanding of which image size to use and why, it’s time to discuss tips and tricks for changing the appearance of your site. Of course, you don’t have to do all of these things to see an improvement. Just follow the guidelines and you’ll get results. In most cases, it’s a matter of trial and error until you find what works best for your site. So, here are some suggestions that might help get you started.
Use The Right Image Size
As we mentioned above, one of the most important factors that affects a website’s design and overall performance is the image used for its thumbnails. Ideally, you want to use a medium-sized image to maximize your site’s visual impact while keeping the file size within reason. (You can use an online tool like TinyPNG to help find the best image size for your site.)
If you used a small image size in the past and you’re seeing poor results, it might be time for an upgrade. According to the experts over at Google Blogger, if you use a very small image size for your site, it can have a negative impact on your site’s performance. What’s more, using a very low-resolution image can even lead to your site being penalized by Google.
Consider Using Fonts And Colors To Enhance Your Site’s Appearance
Even more important than the size of the images used on your site is the type of text used in conjunction with those images. To best optimize the appearance of your site, you want to avoid using all caps and only a couple of spelling errors. Of course, you can use your favorite fonts to add a little flair to your site’s design but, as mentioned above, you don’t want to go too far.
In terms of colors, keeping the background simple is always a good idea. After all, you don’t want to distract the user with unnecessary details. However, if you have a specific theme you’re using, consider using the colors within that theme to make your site pop.
Create Content For International Readers
WordPress was originally designed for use within English-speaking communities. However, the developers behind the platform saw the benefits that allowing non-English speaking users could have and created a variety of functions so individuals outside of the English-speaking world can still use the platform efficiently. (You can find a translation tool at wp.com/i/2/translations that can make posts accessible to non-English speaking users.)
If you’re interested in making your site more international in nature, consider testing out a variety of languages on your site. To do this, first you’ll need to go to your site’s dashboard and enter the website’s URL into the Search bar. Once you do this, you’ll see a variety of languages as suggestions. (You can learn more about localization and multilingualism in WordPress in the documentation.)
With all of this in mind, it’s important to keep in mind that there are often many factors that go into a successful website design. While the size and type of images used on a site can have a dramatic impact, it’s not the only one. The type of text used in conjunction with those images and the colors used throughout the site can all play a part in making a site more user-friendly. (And, of course, having a well-designed site makes a huge difference!)