Not Exactly Everything You Expect
The online WordPress Dashboard Editor has seen many improvements lately and does many neat things. WYSIWIG, “what you see is what you get”, is not one of them. That is quite intentional of the part of WordPress since blogs need to be responsive since mobile devices have become the leading means to follow blogs. There are some things it does poorly.
For a long time my theme for my “presentation” blogs, Gallery Ludwig and Silver Canvas, has been Nishita because it offers a gorgeous, full width (1024 pixel) layout. This way I can show off my photos and art as large images on a dark field.
To prepare my posts I use Live Writer, either the orphaned Windows Live Writer or the new Open Live Writer, so I can control the layout and see precisely what my post will look like. Alas, there is one feature that is very important to me that is lacking. Let me show you.
Because I have a mess of different blogs for various topics I have a “gateway” site, Cafe Ludwig, where I show my latest blog posts. This is done using Display WordPress Posts (Jetpack) widgets. I like images there to help my readers quickly recognize what’s new. When posting using Live Writer just the post title shows as illustrated on the left side of the above image, see the post title circled in yellow.
To get an image to show, there has to be a “Featured Image”. That can be set in the WordPress online editor but not in Live Writer. So I prepare my posts in Live Writer and “Post draft to blog”. Then I go to the online editor, select my specific blog, click Posts, find the draft, click Edit, scroll down to Set featured image, click that and click the picture in the Media Library … A rather bothersome chore.
My posts are rather simple, mostly a single photo or art work, so I figured to do it all in the WordPress Dashboard Editor. After all, I had done it so many times I knew what it would look like. I pre-sized the image to 1024 pixels and used the very simple drag-and-drop upload method to insert the photo. I selected Full size. The surprise was that the image published not at all full size. See the illustration on the right. The photo of the thistles is much smaller than the photo of the anchor which was done using Live Writer.
This annoyed me no end.
So I compared the settings and HTML code in the Dashboard Editor.
Notice that the setting in Image Details says Size Full Size – 1024 x 768. However, in the “Text” view (the code is inset in the illustration above) the code reads “width=“774” height=“581” . Not exactly the same.
Why, why, dear WordPress do you deceive me?
What about when posting using Live Writer?
Well, the Image Details dialog does not show any size settings, but the code shows width=“1012” height=“772”. (Inset.)
Hurray for Live Writer! Brickbats for WordPress!
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