This article is part of the Beginner’s Guide To WordPress Series. This article will show you how to use images in WordPress to make your posts standout – and look right.
Images add a lot of life and style to your website. Just like editing text or creating links, WordPress’ backend makes it easy to manage images on pages, portfolios, products, and posts. This is how WordPress images work.
Add an image from your computer
Images can be helpful for communicating your message, but they also enhance the look of your site.
Drag a file from your desktop to your content editor. You can edit the settings and upload the image automatically.
Alternatively, you can visit Upload and choose the Select option for images uploading.
Once you’re satisfied with your selection click Insert in Post.
Add an image from the Media Library
You can click Add Media if you already have an image from your media library you wish to use in your post. WordPress allows you to upload your media directly into the popup box. You can access all previously uploaded content if you click the next tab.
Select the image that you wish to use, adjust the settings, and then click Insert in Post. Your image will be automatically added to the area where your cursor was within the post. To see the final look of your post, click Preview or Publish.
Add an image to a URL
You can embed an image from the URL of an image in your post if you have a particular image that you wish to use but don’t want it to be downloaded and re-uploaded to your site.
Find the image that you wish to use on the internet. First, locate the image you wish to use on the web.
Go back to the WordPress editor and click add Media. Next, click the Insert From URL option. Right-click the URL address box, and choose Paste. This will display a thumbnail of your link.
You can edit the post settings and add information to the image. After you’re done, click Insert Into Post. You can preview your post by clicking Preview, or directly publish it.
Sidenote: The image is not on your server so you don’t have complete control. Your image will be affected if anyone alters or deletes it from the original server.
You can edit images within your posts as well as inserting them. WordPress gives you points for scaling images that you have already added. The alignment tools allow you to align the image and see how it will appear in your post.
Select the image, click on the Edit button in the popup menu. This will allow you to set the caption, alternate text, the image’s size and give it a clickable link.
You can define custom CSS and rail attributes by clicking the Advanced Options. After you’re done, click update.
The Image Editor is located in the Image Library. This gives you more control over editing your image.
Replacing an image
Select the image that you wish to replace in a page or post and then click the Remove button. Next, visit Media to upload or select an image from your media library. Click Insert in Post to adjust the settings of your image. The original image will be replaced with the new one.
Select the image you wish to delete from a page or post and click on the Remove button. The image will be removed from your post but will remain in your media library.
To completely delete an image from your website, go to your media library via the WordPress Dashboard. Click on the image that you want to delete and then click on delete permanently.
To add a featured image to your page or post, click Set Featured Images. You can drag and drop files from this screen or choose them directly from your hard drive. You can also select images from your Media Library.
You can edit an image by clicking on it. Or you can permanently delete it. After you’re satisfied with your image click Set featured Image. To view your changes, click on the Preview or the Publish buttons.
Images can make pages and posts look professional and more appealing. Don’t be afraid of adding, editing, removing, or replacing images! Make sure to check out the next posts in this series, particularly the one on image placement.
- Initial Settings Using The WordPress Dashboard
- How to Use WordPress Pages + Posts
- Introduction to Categories and Tags
- How to Use the WordPress Visual Editor
- Working with the WordPress Media Library
- Working with Images in WordPress
- Image placement in WordPress Visual Editor
- How to Use Menus in WordPress
- Working with widgets in WordPress
- Introduction to WordPress Themes
- Introduction to WordPress Plugins
- How to Keep WordPress Updated Easily
- Installing and Choosing Essential WordPress Plugins