Add frames, borders and filters to images

If you want to add Instagram-style effects or styling to your blog photos, you can use one of the following plugins:

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FrameIt is a premium plugin for creatively processing images and photos in WordPress using frames and stylistic tricks. There are more than 25 frames to choose from, you can also create your own frame for decoration. The plugin is compatible with adaptive “fluid” layout, which allows it to be used with mobile devices.

InstaFX is a free plugin for applying Instagram style filters to images in blog posts. A plugin is supplied with a set of effects for processing already uploaded pictures and graphics on your blog.

ImageFX is another free plugin for applying Instagram style effects to pictures.

Styles with Shortcodes is a paid plugin to add many custom photo and video styles that can be combined with lightboxes + a free package for this plugin.

WP Image Borders is a relatively new plugin for adding borders and effects.

Faded Borders on Images is a basic free plugin for adding shadows and borders to blog photos.

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If you are already using Instagram on your phone, then you should take a look at Instagram plugins for WordPress.

Tips for Increasing Productivity

Adding pictures to your posts is relatively easy, but there are several ways to increase the productivity of image processing and uploading. For this purpose, there are a number of free plugins that will help you solve these problems.

Inserting images into a post using drag and drop

If you have to create a lot of posts with pictures, then adding media by constantly clicking on a button and selecting files to insert can be pretty annoying.

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The following plugins give you the ability to drag and drop images from your computer into your posts, similar to how you would normally do it in Gmail emails:

Magn WP Drag and Drop Upload is a free plugin for creating meta boxes in a text editor, with which images can be inserted into a new post with a simple drag and drop. This plugin is basic, easy to use and saves you a lot of time if you don’t need to resize the final image.

Image Pro is a free plugin for adding images by drag and drop, although inserting images into posts is not automated. The “plus” of this plugin is the ability to easily resize any images that you add to a new post. If you don’t need the image resizing functionality that Image Pro offers, then the installed WP Drag and Drop Upload will suffice.

Drag & Drop Featured Image – This plugin does not allow you to drag and drop images directly into a post, but it makes it much faster and more convenient to add and manage image thumbnails to posts. This plugin is best if you don’t like the “drag and drop” feature for some reason.

Automatic image resolution change on upload

Most blog posts have a standard width, so it’s often necessary to “fit” the width of uploaded images to the width of the post so they match. Fitting images will make your blog faster and reduce page load time. Manually constantly resizing images is an additional waste of time. Fortunately, there are free tools for automatically resizing uploaded pictures and photos:

Imsanity is a free plugin for automatically resizing images on load, which helps save disk space and speed up website loading. You specify the default size for images, and Imsanity will automatically adjust the uploaded images to the specified resolution. You can also bulk upload images and resize them when uploading to the blog.

Hammy – This plugin helps you create multiple smaller images based on the files you upload. These images will be shown to different users depending on the size of their browser window. This way you can make your post suitable for users with different screen resolutions, including tablets and smartphones.

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It would be nice, of course, for someone to create a plugin that combines drag-and-drop insertion and automatic resizing, which all the plugins mentioned above have.

We hope that all of these plugins will be useful to you for more convenient and efficient work with images. If you know other ways to decorate and edit images, then share your tips and observations in the comments on this post.

How and Why You Should Use Lazy Loading on WordPress Sites

How and Why You Should Use Lazy Loading on WordPress Sites

December 7th, 2015 | Plugins, Tutorials

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Developers all over the world have been actively using lazy loading on WordPress sites since they realized that it can not only positively affect user experience, but also show search engines that their site loads quickly.

How and Why You Should Use Lazy Loading on WordPress Sites

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We could translate the term lazy loading as lazy loading, and this would largely correspond to reality. She really gets lazy when it comes to loading content (images, videos, text) onto a web page.

But before you start looking for some negative connotations in the word lazy, let’s still find out what lazy loading is and what its advantages are.

Benefits of lazy loading

Lazy loading has many benefits. Instead of downloading the entire content, it downloads only the part that is visible to the user in the browser window. This can be expressed in many ways, ranging from simply delaying the loading of images, to full-blown endless scrolling of content.

Higher website loading speed

Loading occurs only when it is needed. This feature helps to significantly increase the speed of the site as a whole. This is a great way to reduce the number of visitors who leave your site due to slow loading.

SEO improvement

When crawling your site, bots will pay attention to the speed of its loading. Research has shown that sites with faster loading times tend to rank higher in search engines.