I taught a workshop yesterday to a group of young actors on WordPress. They were eager to learn how to create their own websites, but the workshop was only 2.5 hours, so I got to show them the basics, but we didn’t have time to get to some of WordPress’ finer details.
As an actor, you’ll probably want to have a page dedicated to your headshots, or to publicity photos from plays you’ve been in. WordPress makes it quite easy to create a gallery of these photos, and gives you several options as to how you’d like to display your gallery. You can display your photos as: a slideshow (which automatically runs from one image to another), a tiled mosaic (which looks a bit like something you’d create in Diptic), square tiles, which looks similar, but displays your photos all the same size in matching rows, kind of like a table, thumbnail grid, which shows all of your photos in Thumbnail size (check out the bottom of this post for an example), and circles (my least favorite) which displays your images in circles.
Here’s how to do it:
Log in to your WordPress.com account, and go into your dashboard. In the dashboard, go to “Posts” and then click on “Add New.” Or, go to “Pages,” “Add New.”
Give your Post a Title, etc. Now, place your mouse where you want your photo gallery to go in the body of the Post. Click the “Add Media” Button. You have two choices: choose “Create Gallery.”
You’ll have the option to create your gallery from images you’ve already uploaded to your media library, or you’ll be able to upload your images here. For ease of use, it’s probably best to have already uploaded your images.
Select each of the images you want to add to your gallery. Then click “Create a new gallery.”
Now you have the opportunity to reorder you photos in the order in which you want them to appear. Simply drag-and-drop them into the correct order.
Finally, you have the opportunity to select what kind of gallery you want, how many columns you want, or if you want them to appear in random order. When you have done all that, click the blue, “Insert Gallery” button.
As you’re editing, before you publish, the gallery will look like this:
But you can save and then preview your post to see what it will look like when it’s published. If you need to edit your gallery, just click on the gallery image while you are editing, and two buttons will appear. The first one allows you to make edits, and the second deletes your gallery all together.