Here's a quick step-by-step on how to add a feature image to your story:
Step 1: Obtain from a source we can use.
Here's a guide on how to do that: Photo Acquisition Tips
Step 2: Size the image
Livability.com feature images are supposed to be 1050 x 505, which is a very hard size to get, and crop to. Thankfully, if you get just shrink it down to 1050 width, the height generally works in the range of 500-700. For example, this image of a researcher at MIT was originally 2048 x 1356.
I went in and adjusted the width to 1050, making sure the ratio was (this will ensure the height shrinks in proportion) and it brought it to 1050 x 695. AKA: Good to go.
Step 3: Add to the article
When you create a new article, you'll see the area on the right side where you can add the feature image. It's the box that says "Image." Click on the "browse" button within it.
This window will then appear:
Hit the "choose file" button, find the photo wherever you have it on your computer, then hit "Open." You'll now see the image sitting in that little box like this:
Then hit "Upload" and it'll start loading. Once it has loaded, it'll look like this:
Now, you hit the "Next" button. This screen will pop up:
Step 4: Entering in the alt text, title text and byline
Here's where the skill comes in. If you are doing an article related to a city (for example, "8 Reasons to Move to Jacksonville, NC"), your Alt Text and Title Text will be City, State for whatever that equates to in your article. For the Jacksonville, NC article mentioned about, your Alt Text and Title Text would both be: Jacksonville, NC. That's it. If the article were about Clementine, ND, it'd be: Clementine, ND.
Now, if you're doing a global article (something on senior living, college towns, moving trends, etc.) the Title Text and Alt Text will be key words from the headline. If your article was titled "Retirement Communities That Would Make Millennials Wish They Were 65," your Title Text & Alt Text would be "Retirement Communities." You're looking for the keywords and keyphrases for these. If you have questions on your specific story (because this is important), feel free to reach out to Alicia Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org. She's our SEO guru.
The Byline box is where you enter, well, the photo's byline. This will vary depending on where you got it from. If you acquired the image from a source, such as the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, you'd simply write, "Courtesy of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce."
If, however, you acquired the image from a site like Flickr Creative Commons, you'll want to copy and paste this into the byline area after you've filled it out appropriately:
Courtesy of <a href="link to photographers profile page on site" target="_blank">Name of Photographer</a> under a <a href="link to specific creative commons license number" target="_blank">Creative Commons License #</a> license.
In the case of our Cambridge image above, here's how to acquire the necessary info.
The photographers username here is Chris Devers (you'll notice on flickr that sometimes people go by their real names or a username, hence why I'm calling it a username), and if you click on his name, it'll bring you to his profile page. This is the link we want. So our byline is so far looking like this:
Courtesy of <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/39908901@N06/" target="_blank">Chris Devers</a> under a <a href="link to specific creative commons license number" target="_blank">Creative Commons License #</a> license.
In order to find the Creative Commons license number, I clicked on where it says "Some rights reserved." This will bring you to the page explaining the type and # CC license it's under. In our case, it goes here. So we now know it's under a CC 2.0 license. Thus, our final byline will look like this:
Courtesy of <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/39908901@N06/" target="_blank">Chris Devers</a> under a <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/" target="_blank">CC 2.0</a> license.
Once you have this completed for your photo, you'll paste that into the byline box.
WARNING: As you may notice, the quotations marks after the equal signs are backwards, and when you copy them into our system, it creates this crazy link that includes Livability.com. SO: Make sure to delete and re-enter those specific quotations mark after you've pasted it in. Once you've done it the first time, the system will save that byline and on future stories you just have to type in "Courtesy" and it'll autofill with your last byline. You can then just insert the links into that.
Step 5: Adding a Description & Adding a place
Keep scrolling down and you'll see there are two more boxes that look like this:
The description is where you simply provide us with a short description of what's going on in the image. "MIT researcher showcasing small satellites to students," I might write for the Cambridge image.
Place name you'll only fill out if your story is related to a place. You'll also notice that it autofills. So when I start typing in Cambridge, it offers me various cities named Cambridge around the U.S. Mine was in Massachusetts, so I select that.
After you have all that, hit "Save" and you're done! Feature image added! Bravo!