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Plugin Review: Advanced Image Styles

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Plugin Review: Advanced Image Styles

A long time ago, aka a few publishes back, WordPress allowed you to add space around your images as well as borders and other nifty changes via the image editor window. While the image editor has received some other useful tweaks and changes, the ability to add space around your images was removed.

The Advanced Image Styles plugin restores this feature to you within the image editor window. Even though the plugin hasn’t been updated in the past six months, it still works as intended for all of my sites and my client sites. I have seen a couple of reports that it’s not working right, but not heard if they resolved those issues or if it was user error (let’s admit it now – user error is a frequent problem).

With more than 20,000 active installs and a 4.5 star rating through WordPress.org, if you’re looking for a way to add padding or borders to your images, I highly advise using Advanced Image Styles.

If you are interested in using Advanced Image Styles, you can install it via WordPress by searching Add Plugins for “Advanced Image Styles.” You can also download and install via FTP from here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/advanced-image-styles/

Once installed and activated, it’s pretty easy to use.

You can access the editor the same way you can edit your images in your post: simply click on the edit pencil you get when you click on an image, as seen below.

advanced-image-styles-2

From there it will load the normal image editor but adds the advanced options below the normal editor. Click on the down arrow and all the options will appear.  Note: all you have to do is click on the down arrow on any image one time and it will be opened for all images you want to edit in the future – and vice versa if you change it to an up arrow to collapse it.  The modified menu editor looks like this:

advanced-image-styles-3For those familiar with the older versions of WordPress’s image editor, this should look relatively familiar and restores many of the options that were available to you before the publishes which removed them. Bonus: you can still use the regular editor above without using this if you want as well, so it’s well worth it if you need to add padding or borders to some images but not others.

I have found this to be a very useful plugin, thus it being my first review. If you have any plugins you want me to review, please feel free to leave a reply with them in the comments below.

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