Using WordPress as a multimedia platform

Here are notes from our April 2013 meetup about using WordPress as a multimedia platform. Brian Richards gave a preview of WordPress 3.6 and demonstrated how to create image galleries in WordPress. Then Topher DeRosia explained how to manage audio and video in WordPress.

WordPress 3.6 preview

Images in WordPress

  • Instructions for creating a gallery in the Codex: The WordPress Gallery.
  • Using Jetpack to enhance images
    • Carousel generates a mobile-friendly (responsive and touch-friendly) photo carousel.
    • Tiled Galleries displays galleries in a mosaic layout.
    • Photon distributes images using the CDN.
  • Because galleries are so improved in WordPress 3.5+, use them rather than plugins like NextGEN Gallery.
  • When it crops thumbnails, WordPress crops to center.

Slider plugins

Podcasting with WordPress

podPress is a powerful plugin for configuring your podcast for iTunes. It has a lot of settings, so it may be too complicated for novices.

Video in WordPress

  • Bits on the Run provides self-serve video publishing.
  • JW Player is a good video player that can provide stats via Google Analytics.

If I missed anything, please remind me in the comments, and I’ll add them to the post.

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