In this video tutorial you'll learn how to use Article Images to control the look of your Joomla blog layouts. This is a little-known feature that was released in Joomla 2.5.
In previous versions of Joomla, adding images to articles had to be done through the text editor. But now with Joomla 2.5, you'll notice a new pane on the right of the article called Images and Links. This feature enables you to insert two images into your article: One in the intro, and another in the main body.
Why is this so neat?
Now it's easier than ever to use Joomla as a blog, news site, or photo gallery. If you're familiar with WordPress, this is similar to the Featured Image that you can set for each post. It enables your site to have a clean & consistent look on your Category Blog pages, without having to bother with styling & aligning images inside the text editor. Of course, you can still use the text editor for images if you like.
Note, if you're using a third-party template that was installed before Joomla 2.5 was released (January 2012): The Article Images feature may not work on your site. Contact your template provider to check if an update is available.
This new Article Images feature is yet another powerful tool that makes Joomla more user-friendly than ever.
How are you using Article images on your site? Let me know in the comments. And please share this video with your twitter or facebook followers, I'm sure they'd appreciate it too!
UPDATE: If you want to learn how to make the intro image clickable, then checkout my article in the November 2012 issue of the Joomla Community Magazine: The missing link to Article Images in Joomla 2.5 .