SiteContent Images is Here! Over 1,000,000 Optimized Images.
Well, we have been hard at work behind the scenes and as we have lead on to many folks here within the community. Today we are introducing the SiteContent Images platform here at WA. This is something that we are proud to introduce into an already thriving and very advanced SiteContent platform. I think it is going to be very well received by those using the SiteContent to publish amazing content...and now that content can include beautiful, high resolution, optimized images!
One of the Biggest Challenges With Images is Finding Them
You never have to worry about searching and finding an image again...or paying for images. As a Premium member of WA, you are going to have access to a database of well over 1,000,000 images. From dogs and cats, to basketball, to locations all over the world, to healthy eating, to anything!
These are high resolution, beautiful, and completely free and Creative Commons ZERO (CC0). CC0 means you can use these images in any way you want on your websites, including commercially, without any attribution. So now you have access to a resource of a 1M+ images that you can leverage to beautify your website content published through the SiteContent platform.
To access images, you will want to click the "insert image" icon within your tool bar within the SiteContent editor (as shown below).
This will give you three options in terms of the type of image you can insert.
- Insert an Image from Search. You can search from a database of over 1,000,000+ images. These images are completely free to use in any way you like on your website, they are very high quality, professional photos. These photos are from three industry leading image repositories in Pexels, Unsplash, and Pixabay.
- Drag an Drop Image. You can upload images manually from your computer. This feature can be used by dragging and dropping images into this box from your computer or mobile device, and also manually searching for image files on your device and uploading them.
- Recently Used Images. Use past images through the "Recently used images" section where you can easily reuse these images across multiple articles.
So let's check out a sample search. Many of you have websites relating to animals and some are in the cat niche. Let's say I wanted some good "cat" pictures for a post, I would simply search for "cat" or a relevant term that I was looking for (hint: there were lots of "black cats" when I did that search as well).
See my "cat" results as depicted in the screen capture below.
These are just a few! As I scroll, more and more beautiful, high quality cat images continue to populate the search. There were literally 100's of brilliant images that I could have used to beautify my website and add a whole new level of professionalism with.
The Cropper Creates Beautiful Website Imagery
You can easily crop your images and insert them in any way you like into your content. We have not only introduced a square/rectangle crop, but a circle crop so it gives you flexibility in terms of your styling and design of your images.
There are many design reasons that you may want to use a circle crop, some you want to use square, and others where you will want to use a rectangle.
This can lead to some really slick designs within your website content (pages and posts) and it is going to allow you to add a whole new level of professionalism to your website. It is one thing to have beautiful images, but you also have a way to integrate them into your website so they not just look good, they fit the overall design and flow of your article.
Upload Your Own Images, Modify Them, Add Them
As with other platforms, you can upload your own images from your computer or devices directly into your content. The Upload features is super efficient in that you can drag and drop or copy and paste images into the upload area and it will automatically recognize it.
Upon uploading your image, you will be able to crop it and align it in the same way you could with other images that you "searched" for. These images are then going to be added to your repository (Recently used images) and you will be able to use them again in the future across other articles that you create.
Formatting, Linking, Alt Tags, and Editing is a Breeze
Upon inserting an image, you are given some tools that allow you to add alignment formatting, links to your images, alt tags, as well as an efficient process for editing your images after the fact.
You can quickly format your images alignment. If you align either left or right, it will integrate your image right within your content.
Here is an example of this.
If you have aligned center or you have no alignment chosen, it will put your image on its own line. This is done for content continuity and the natural way you would anticipate an image being inserted into content (ie, to make your life much easier).
You can also add "alt" tags and internal links (to your website) or external links (links somewhere else) with efficiency.
Faster Websites as a Result of NEW Compression Technology
A slow website is usually caused from a few things, one of the core reasons being large image files. When you add an image from an image website, they are often times full resolution and haven't been properly compressed for speed. Wordpress doesn't do a good job of compressing images, even the "best" image compression plugins don't do an effective job.
Fully integrated into the SiteContent Images platform is image compression which leverages the ultimate in image compression technology. There is no longer going to be a need to worry about images adding "lag" to your websites because they are too large or poorly optimized.
When you publish your content, there is a new layer of sophisticated technology that AUTOMATICALLY crunches down the size of your images on your website, while retaining the image quality.
This is a huge breakthrough in terms of website speed and efficiency which is going to translate into a better user experience and rankings.
The Future of Content Creation is Here
We have also unveiled a new dashboard design. It is now as beautiful as the content you are going to be creating and your "article cards" will pull images directly from the content so you can visually interpret your content activity with more efficiency.
The SiteContent Images "reveal" is something that we are very excited about and is our next significant iteration and evolution of SiteContent.
Although this update has been a significant one and it has taken many months of coding, development, testing and integration to get it in place, we are FAR from being done with the SiteContent platform. In fact, we are already heads down on the next iteration of the SiteContent platform and we have some amazing new features that are in the pipeline. No leaks as to what, but as with everything we do, it is going to benefit you and your business.
I think that you are going to truly love the SiteContent Images platform and as with anything, please leave us your feedback, comments and suggestions. Leave them in the comments below. It is how we improve and get better as a platform and a community!