How to Add Photos

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WordPress 101 – How to Add Photos to Your Posts and Pages

Are you new to WordPress and wondering how to add images? It’s really simple. I’ll show you how it’s done.

Log into your dashboard and go to the post or page that you want to work on. Place your cursor at the spot where you want your image to appear. Then click on the Add Media button at the top of the editor toolbar.

Add Media

At that point you have two choices. If you want to reuse a photo that you’ve already uploaded select Media Library. If you want to upload a new photo select Upload Files.

Insert Media

To upload a photo for the first time you’d select Upload Files and then Select Files.

Select Files to UploadNow comes the tricky part. You need to remember where the image is on your computer. OK, I’m joking. I’m kind of joking anyway. The truth is that for people new to WordPress their computer’s file system can seem like an electronic maze. For experienced WordPress users finding one image among the many different files and folders can sometimes seem like finding a needle in a haystack.

At any rate, find the image you want to upload, click on it and select it. Then you’ll see the photo loading into WordPress and you’ll have some choices.

Attachment Details

  • URL – Don’t make any changes here. This is the link to the image.
  • Title – The system will automatically fill this in for you based on the file name. I like to replace it with a short term that describes the photo. This is also helpful for making your site do well in search engines.
  • Caption – Insert a caption here if you’d like one. Leave it blank if you don’t want one.
  • Alt Text – I use the same text that I used for the title in this spot.
  • Description – It’s OK to leave this blank. If I purchased an image I’ll put notes about it in this spot so I can remember where the image came from.
  • Alignment – A word of caution here, working with WordPress is not the same as working with a program where text can be wrapped neatly around a photo. WordPress is not a system for tight, precise layouts. This isn’t like working on printed materials, it’s the web. Websites look different to people with different browsers, screen sizes and types of computers.
  • Link To – You can link to another website, another page in your site, a bigger version of the same photo or nothing at all.
  • Size – When the image is loaded into WordPress, the software will figure out a few different sizes for the photo. You can select which one you want to use.

Then click Insert into post and you’ve done it! You’ve added a photo.

To edit or delete a photo just click on it and some controls will appear.

edit photo

You can change the alignment, edit the photo or delete it.

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