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For the newswire theme, what is the optimal feature pixel size for social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter & of course, Newswire itself)? 1024 x 512 does not render well in Newswire



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Hi @richardsol, I’m not sure what to tell you here. The Newswire slider is right around 970×470 so cropping featured images to this size for each post in the slider is ideal. A 1024 x 512 image however would probably work just fine in the slider too. I don’t know what you mean when you say that dimension doesn’t render well. Can you share a link or screenshot to demonstrate what you mean?

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Hi Charles,

Many thanks for coming back to me. Let me try to answer your question.

Posts that have a good picture that which render well are more likely to be shared on social media, mainly Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. That’s very important to achieve in today’s world. It is therefore important for the main (feature) picture in Newswire to render well on other forms of social media. I’ve been using Newswire for over a year now, and continue to struggle to find a formula main picture size that always renders well in all social media.

Here’s an example. This feature picture is 1006 x 522 pixels. It renders like this in the various social media (sorry twitter rendition not available).

https://www.dropbox.com/s/qq1bkhji8yfsewx/Newswire%20main%20picture%20renditions.jpg?dl=0

As you can see, it does not render well on Facebook or LinkedIn, but is fine on Newswire. How can I fix that or stop that from happening in the future?

Thank you.

Richard

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Sorry, please use this link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/05osbzkezzpp7bl/Newswire%20main%20picture%20renditions.jpg?dl=0

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I see. I note that you are using the WordPress SEO plugin. This provides fields for each post to define the Facebook Open Graph meta data so you can set a separate, FB optimized, image for there, along with FB specific title and description if you want to. I think that is the best option. Keep in mind that FB Caches meta data so if you make changes you need to force FB to refresh their cache of meta data for any given page before you can share it and see the updated meta data. You can do this at the link below. I also recommend updating to the latest version of WordPress SEO as they had some security updates recently which might leave you vulnerable if you do not update.

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Thanks Charles for pointing that feature out. I just tired it on my last post. It worked for Facebook. I’m still struggling to figure out how to optimize LinkedIn images. Do you recommend or have experience with the WordPress Social Sharing Optimization (WPSSO) plugin? It briefly tried to install it, but it threw off many conflicting error messages, so I deactivated it. It you think its worth the trouble or have another solution, I’ll put in the time to fix it. Many thanks.

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