Images are an important element of any article, but there are a few things you need to consider when selecting images that represent your article.
Featured Image Requirements
The featured image is the one that appears on our homepage or anytime you search for an article within the site. It's one of the most important elements when it comes to catching the attention of a potential reader and getting them to click on your article.
When choosing a featured image for your article, it needs to be:
- 1280 x 720 in size
- Colorful and bright
- Not black-and-white
- No white background
- No text or logos
- No borders
- Not copyrighted or watermarked
- Not offensive in any way
Here are a few other things to consider:
- Use an image featuring a person - but not too many. More than 3 and the image gets crowded, so 1-2 is ideal
- Use an image where the person/people are visibly emoting in some way
Images and Other Media Within the Article
Images throughout your article help keep your reader interested and engaged with your article. A good rule of thumb is to add an image every two to three paragraphs, or at minimum, one per subheading.
The guidelines with these are less strict, and you're welcome to embed other media throughout your article, such as:
- Videos from Youtube
- Social media posts
Unfortunately, we are unable to support the addition of GIFs at this time.
To learn more about embedding these things into your article, please refer to our Getting Started Guide for the Contributor Tool.
Images in your article don't need to be 1280 x 720 in size, but they should be:
- Landscape (horizontal) format (where possible)
- Relevant to your article
- Not offensive