Adding an Image to Mercury

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Step by Step Instructions

  1. First, edit the image, if needed, on your computer. Best practices for images are:
    • If large, consider re-sizing your image to exactly the size that will look good on the desktop version of your site.
    • Use a consistent aspect ratio for your images: we recommend a ratio of 16 by 9, unless your image will only be for headshots or for Hg Reader thumbnails, which use a square 1:1 ratio.
    • Choose a good name for your image (all lower case, use hyphens instead of spaces, avoid punctuation, short but descriptive).
    • Make sure your filename ends in either .jpg, .jpeg, .png, or .gif (all lower case).
  2. Select Create Image on the right side, and follow these instructions:
  3. Provide a basic title for the image, which will appear next to the photo once the event is posted.
  4. Select Browse and find the image that you would like to include, then select Upload
  5. Select any appropriate categories from the list and enter any keywords for the image.
  6. Choose the appropriate group(s) in the Groups audience field.
  7. Select Save

Image Naming for Ease of Access

You can make it easier to find images in Mercury by using a simple pattern for the Title field, such as:

  • Organization name or abbreviation: Clough
  • Significant subprogram or subcategory for your organization: Art Crawl, or Students
  • Date image was created or uploaded: 2013
  • Short phrase describing image (1-4 words): Winners in photography

In this example, your title for this image would be: "Clough Art Crawl 2013 - Winners in photography"

Remember that this title field will be visible to the public, either as an image caption on some News sites or as alternative text for screen readers.

Where to Add Images for News/Events

On both the Create Event and Create News pages, you can add Images under the section called Media.

To attach individual images, start typing the title of an image you've created into one of these Media fields.