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Managing images: attach and unattach to a post (the Columnist theme)

  1. Hello,
    as I have read in previous posts it does not seem to be possible to attach an image to multiple posts nor to unattach it from a post once it has been attached.

    My first question is: why? I might get that it may be confusing to attach an image to multiple posts, but I cannot understand why an image could not be unattached from a post. The only solution (to unattaching) for now is to permanently delete the image and then upload it again.

    My second question is: is WordPress working on finding a solution to this?

    My third question relates specifically to "The Columnist" theme: is there a way to select a specific image for the post header image (the "preview image" for the post)?
    I am attaching several images at once to a post and the theme seems to be choosing randomly which image should be the post header preview.
    One solution would be to choose a Feature Image in the Post Edit menu (which then becomes also the "preview image" for the post header), but in my case this does not work as I do not want the Feature Image to appear in the top part of the post. Any tips?

    Cheers,
    Lorenzo

    The blog I need help with is lorenzomattozziarchitecture.wordpress.com.

  2. With the way that the insert media feature now works (since November 2012), you can insert any image that appears in the Media Library regardless of where it was uploaded, meaning the same image can appear a number of times in any number of posts or pages (best when linked to either the Photo Carousel or Media File).

    As far as your question about the Columnist theme, did you look for information on the theme's Showcase page? http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/the-columnist/

    Featured Images

    If you assign a feature image to one of your posts it will display differently depending on which template you are viewing. For instance: on the home page as well as all other pages that display multiple posts, your featured image will appear cropped at 180 pixels wide by 180 pixels tall. In cases where your original uploaded featured image is 610 pixles wide or wider, it will also appear at the very top of single posts and pages.

    I would assume, therefore, that this means your "featured image" needs to be narrower than the 610 pixles [sic] mentioned.

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