My name is Jordan Keats, and this is my amazing presentation about enhancing your email posts to your WordPress blog. The beginning of the presentation will be concerning the technical aspects of using Posterous with WordPress, and the second half will be applying what we’ve learned, followed by any questions you have. Thanks to Paul Holmes and the rest of the organizers, as well as the sponsors of WordCamp Victoria.
Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org will post to your Posterous site, from there you can approve your post before choosing which sites you auto post to. If you want to autopost to all of your connected sites, send your email to email@example.com, and in an instant Posterous will send your post to all of your sites. There are addresses for posting to each of your sites, and you can combine the sites you want to post to by adding “+” between your desired destinations name, for example firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is a detailed list of how to pick where you want to post:
- Attach to Email: Posterous creates a gallery of your pictures, which is posted at the end of the post. There is a 25 Mb limit for attachments to gmail, the average picture is between 1600 and 2200 Kbs, the limit is around ten pictures when posting pictures as attachments.You can split and join pictures in your gallery in the web interface.
- Upload to Web Interface: the media center in Posterous’s web interface gives you 1 Gb of space, and more editing features. You can divide a gallery, add, and rearrange pictures to other galleries. Posterous added a ‘rotate’ feature, as well as ‘drag & drop’, so you can play with the order and appearance of your pictures.
- Embed URLs: If you have a picture already online, or have found a picture posted on another website, you can cut the URL, you know… the text that begins with http://, and paste the address into your post. If you are taking pictures from other websites, give credit to the creator by either keeping the picture active as a hyperlink to the original site or adding a note after the post regarding where the picture came from. Take into consideration the size dimensions of the picture you are posting. Any image bigger than 300×300 will appear massive in your post. Oversized images can be edited from the web interface.
- As an Email Attachment: This is the same procedure as adding pictures, upload your video clip as an attachment, and Posterous will resize them and add them at the beginning of the post. Posterous communicates with the destination page and resizes or formats the video as needed. Again, take into consideration the 25 Mb file size limit of Gmail, and the limited hosting space of WordPress. You may want to purchase the space upgrade offered by WordPress.
- As a URL: Posterous is too smart, smarter than WordPress for now at least. On Posterous you can cut and paste a URL from any video site, such as Youtube, Dailymotion, or Vimeo, and Posterous will recognize the where the video is from and embed it into your site with no worries. Embedding video to WordPress using URLs from Youtube requires you to insert [youtube=http://..], Google video: [googlevideo=http://…], and Vimeo [vimeo http://…]. Additionally, you can specify the width and height of the video player at the end of the address with equal signs, like [youtube=http:… w=500&h=400], notice the space after the address, before the ‘w=’.
Posting audio files with Posterous is the same procedure as posting video, either add a mp3 as an email attachment, which appears at the bottom your post, or from a URL, which you can paste anywhere you want within your post. I found Posterous in search of a way to post audio files to facebook which were not already hosted as a link. Posterous is a great way to evade Tumblr’s limit of only posting one audio file per day. Adding Tags & Categories:
Adding tags to Posterous is really easy to: In the subject line of your email, where Posterous takes your post’s title from , add two round brackets followed by the word ‘tag’, a colon, followed by your tags, separated by a comma of course, and then closed with two brackts. For example: Title of My Awesome Blog Post ((tag: Awesome, Blog Post, Me))
Say goodbye to gibberish codes, and start experimenting with the complementary features Posterous offers for WordPress users. Your first few posts may not turn out as you’d like, but after a few tries you’ll be posting to Posterous like a pro. There are lots of other features I didn’t mention, like PicPosterous for IPhone, and the Open Beak 1.2 (formerly TwitterBerry) for the BlackBerry. Also, the Posterous bookmarklet allows you to pull photos, video, and text, from any site and add the selection to your Posterous page; similar to the ‘Press This’ bookmarklet for WordPress. Keep in mind Stan Lee’s famous saying: “with great power comes great responsibility”. Posterous is so easy to use, you can easily autopost an error, and have it on all of your sites until someone else finds it. Happy posting!