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Fixing WordPress Image Issues and Blurry Photos

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Do you know the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words?” A good image is the number one reason your product will sell online, or the best way you can share your experience of a beautiful sunset on your blog. Uploading photos to WordPress is typically simple. All you need to do is upload from a website or your computer via the Media Uploader. You can choose files already in your media library, or add new ones.

Although this process is usually problem-free, one of the most common questions we get from clients is why images on their sites don’t load. Why do they come out looking fuzzy or blurry? There are various reasons why you may be getting an error message or a photo that is not clear. Large image, for instance, when not sized properly may appear indistinguishable and can slow down your website as visitors start to view the pictures.

Read below for some helpful tips about uploading the best quality images to WordPress.

#1 – Error

The best words of advice that we can offer when it comes to uploading photos on WordPress are “try” and then “try again.” Sometimes an error message has nothing to do with your image, but a simple online glitch. Before doing anything else, save your work and close WordPress. Open it again, login, and then try to load your image again. Chances are, it will load with no issues.

#2 – File Uploading

Remember to prepare and edit image files ahead of time before uploading to WordPress. This can be done using Apple Image Preview to make sure the size is right. Preview makes it easy to view and edit Portable Document Files (PDFs) and popular image files like JPEG and PNG. Another option for online image editing is Pixlr which enables you to fix, adjust, and filter images in a browser. Of course, the industry standard is Adobe Photoshop. Keep in mind that all images for the web use a resolution of 72 pixels per inch.

#3 – File Size

Not uploading a file image in the right size is one problem that our clients encounter while using WordPress. There are instances when you are attempting to upload a giant photo of a product you’re selling, but you actually want it to show up as a small thumbnail. You have a potential problem in this case. Or, if you have a small screenshot of a photo that you are trying to show off, your image may end up being blurry. The first thing you want to do to troubleshoot is to check your WordPress settings. Usually WordPress themes allow you to specify the size for the single product image.

Blogmistress recommends checking the settings. In your Dashboard go to Settings, Media and look in the Uploading Files section, the Store uploads in this folder. WordPress tells you that the default is wp-content/uploads and if you have something different to this, change it.” If you follow the recommended file sizes, your images should look correct.

Large image size can be trimmed down in order to optimize it. A webpage usually has a content area of at least 960px and thus sizing large images to around 960px wide should be sufficient for a normal website, says OM4.

#4 – File Type

WordPress has a list of image file types that you are allowed to upload. WordPress Codex, the online manual for WordPress, lists the accepted files as follows:

  • .jpg
  • .jpeg
  • .png
  • .gif

Make sure that you are using one of these file names as part of the name of your image. Also, please remember that if you are finding images online, you need to have the owner’s permission before you can use it on your WordPress site. If you can’t buy the rights and don’t have permission, do not use that image.

The team at Behla Design is dedicated to creating visual experiences that effectively tell our clients’ stories while engaging, exciting, and enticing their customers. Our firm consists of the top web design and development, WordPress, search engine optimization (SEO), and copy writing professionals. Our founder, Andrew Behla, has worked in the graphic, print and web design industry for over twenty years.

If you’d like to discuss the best image options for your website, contact Behla Design.

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How to Start an Online Business

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Do you have unique items to sell, found a great wholesale deal on terrific products, or simply wish to make an extra income? Have you considered opening up an e-commerce store? Nowadays, it’s easier than ever to make money online. We help clients every day by explaining how to start an online business. By reading this blog, you can partake in some of our knowledge and how we’ve helped our clients achieve the success they desire.

Benefits of an Online Business

There are so many great benefits to starting an online business. The first advantage is saving money. A physical store entails many processes like signing a multi-year lease, paying rent and utilities, and hiring salespeople, etc. On top of that, you need to invest money into furniture and decor for the store or business and other expenses. With an online business, you don’t need any of that. You can work from anywhere while you start out, even in your own garage.

The second benefit to starting an online business is that you get to work from home. This means you get to spend more time with your family members and have time to pick up your kids from school, if you prefer. You can even make money online while in your pajamas! Furthermore, you don’t have to spend money on gas driving to and from work, lunch at work, and so on.

But perhaps the biggest benefit to starting an online business is that your items will be available to people all over the world. With a physical location, only people in that neighborhood or city will come to shop or use your services. With an online store, there are no boundaries to where your clients can live.

How to Start an Online Business with WordPress

So you want to work from home and make money online? Follow these five steps that will teach you how to start an online business.

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1. Create a Website – We are huge fans of WordPress. This free web software allows anyone, whether novice or expert, to create a site for their needs. All you need to do is first find a host that is compatible with WordPress. That is not hard to do, as there are thousands of options to choose from. Then, you can download and sign up for a WordPress account. This will take no more than five minutes.

WordPress has numerous support forums online and countless YouTube videos that explain different features to help you customize your online business website. Thousands of plugins are also compatible with WordPress, some free and some paid, and these are very easy to upload and edit. Read some of our other posts to find out what other steps you can take to customize and improve your site with content writing, search options, shipping options, etc.

2. Use Search Engine Optimization (SEO) – This is probably the most important thing you can do apart from building a great, easy-to-use website, and offering great products or services, according to Entrepreneur. SEO means doing research to optimize your website to register and come up in Google searches. Say you sell clothes online. How are you going to compete with thousands of other e-commerce stores that sell clothes? You will do so by researching which keywords or terms potential clients are searching for.

Keyword planner from Google Adwords is a great, free tool at your disposal. You need to enter a term that you think your buyers would search for, such as True Religion jeans, and you will see how many monthly searches that term has, and what the competition for that term is. Competition just means how many other sites are optimizing for that same keyword; Google will tell you if the competition is low, medium, or high. You want to pick keywords with the most searches and the least amount of competition.

3. Register your business – Many people don’t know about this crucial step, but if you want to make money online, you need to get a license. The U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) is a great resource on the laws and regulations in each state. Remember that there are federal, state and local regulations for businesses, even if you work from home to make money online.  “If you are operating your online business in a state that charges a sales tax; or levies a gross receipts or excise tax on businesses you may have to apply for a tax permit or otherwise register with your state revenue agency,” according to the SBA. “Online businesses are responsible for collecting state and local sales taxes from their customers when applicable, and paying these taxes to state and local revenue agencies.”

4. Make a Business Plan – You may just start out selling, say, your collection of baseball memorabilia, but what if your online business truly takes off? What if you run of out merchandise, but have a high demand? What if you need to expand quickly, hire staff, or rent warehouse space? Even though you make money online, you need to have a solid business plan for your website. Small Business BC will guide you how to setup a successful plan.

5. Become an Expert – You may sell products that are available on other websites, or services that others may find elsewhere, but what can set you apart is your expertise. Setting yourself up as an expert is not difficult on your website. Write blogs or articles that have relevance to what you’re offering. If you’re selling green products for example, share important news about alternatives to common products that can promote a green lifestyle. Share your own stories about your experiences and post pictures. Chances are, someone on your website will like what they read, and they will start to follow you. Then, they will be a client for life.

Need Help in Your Online Business?

The Behla Design is dedicated to creating visual experiences that effectively tell our clients’ stories while engaging, exciting, and enticing their customers. Our firm consists of the top web design and development, WordPress, search engine optimization (SEO), and copy writing professionals. Our founder, Andrew Behla, has worked in the graphic, print and web design industry for over twenty years. For more information about how to start an online business, contact Behla Design.

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