editing media

Private Uploads

Adds visibility options to all uploaded media files with two varieties of control. One type of control allows you to set individual files as being private and also gives you control over the kinds of users that can have access. If you are familiar with the Private Sites plugin then you will notice that the options for the user types are the same.

The other type of control works in tandem with the Private Sites plugin. When you set a site as private, within Settings > Reading : Site Visibility, all files are made private. Individual file controls will not be visible when an entire site is made private.

A user is required to login to view private files and will be prompted to do so when accessing a file directly.
One thing to keep in mind while using this feature is that setting a file as private moves the file to a different folder on the server thus changing the URL.

Media Library

Media consists of the images, video, recordings, and files that you upload and use in your website. You can get to the media library on your Dashboard through Media > Media Library. On the Media Library page there are two possible views: List view and Grid view. List view will show fewer items at one time but displays some details alongside the media thumbnails whereas Grid view displays only thumbnails and can therefore fit more media on the screen. You can also filter by media type or by date of upload.

Media library list view

List View

Media library grid view

Grid View

Media is typically uploaded and inserted into the content when writing a post or a page. However, you can also add media by clicking the Add New button at the top of your Media Library (or going to Media > Add New from your Dashboard).

Short File URLs

You can alter the URL pattern for your media files by going to SettingsMediaShort.

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Finding Images

Don't just search Google Images and grab something. Make sure you are using something you paid for, something you shot, or something from the public domain. You run the risk of getting yourself, your department, and the university in trouble. Read more: Copyright, Fair Use.

Some useful websites to check:

Prepare Images Before Uploading to Aurora

If you don't have access to Photoshop, try using the following free software to edit images.

Tips for Saving Space

Each website on Aurora comes with a 2 GB storage limit and a file size limit of 100 MB. If your site has a lot of images or other media, you might find some of the below tips for saving space useful.

Edit Images Before Uploading

If you edit images in Worpdress, it appears as if you’ve done the correct thing of resizing and cropping the image down. However, the WordPress image editor is non-destructive, which means it keeps the original in the Media Library, and then creates a duplicate for the new edited version. Instead, try one of the following software to reduce the image size:

Choose a resolution of 72ppi (pixels per inch).  Reduce any images larger than 1200px, except for a full width stretched slideshow use 1500px - 1900px.   If the software allows, Save for Web… to compress the image into a JPG. This process can compress a print quality image by as much as 99%.

Export Screen Versions of Office Documents

Programs like Word and Powerpoint have options for saving smaller versions of the original document.

ZIP Files

If you have a large number of files that people will commonly want to access together, you can bundle and compress them into a single ZIP file for additional storage saving.

Off-Site Storage

For sites with truly massive storage needs, it may be necessary to keep files on another web server and link to them. When inserting an image or linking to a document, rather then browsing the Media Library, you would just enter the URL of the file on the other server. If you require this setup, contact webdev@uconn.edu about obtaining an account.

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