Master How To Add An Image In WordPress (Beginners Guide)

Are you ready to bring some visual flair to your online content? Whether you’re looking to spruce up a blog post with captivating images or want to master adding visuals, you’re at the right place! Adding an image in WordPress is SUPER simple. In fact, I will show you exactly how to do it in 5 easy steps. Let’s dive in!

How To Add An Image In WordPress


Step 1: Sign into your WordPress account.

Log into your WordPress account to access your user Dashboard.

wordpress-dashboard

There are a couple of ways to log into your WordPress account: by clicking here or through your WordPress hosting provider. For instance, I use SiteGround and sign into my WordPress website through them.

Step 2: Click on ‘Media’.

Step 3: Click on ‘Add New’.

After you click ‘Media”, you are taken to your WordPress Media Library. This is where you add images.

Step 4: Add your image.

You have two options to add an image:

(1) Select Files. Select the saved image from your computer and upload it.

(2) Drop files to upload. Drag and drop the image from your computer to upload it.

I usually choose ‘Select Files’ to upload an image saved to my desktop.

Step 5: Upload the image to your Media Library.

In the example below, I saved an image to my desktop.

To upload the image, I chose ‘Select Files’ (you may also drag and drop the file here) and selected the image to open it.

After you select the image and open it, it now appears in your Media Library.

Voila, that’s how easy it is to add an image in WordPress!

Next, let’s cover how to add an image to a blog post.

How To Add An Image To A WordPress Blog Post


You may do this in one of two ways: using WordPress Gutenberg Editor or WordPress Classic Editor.

How do you know which WordPress editor you are using?

WordPress Gutenberg Editor

If you started your blog recently, you are most likely using the new interface design, WordPress Gutenberg Editor, which looks like this…

WordPress Classic Editor

If you started your blog a while ago or installed the Classic Editor plugin, you are most likely using the old interface design, which looks like this…

No matter your circumstance, I will tell you how to add an image to your blog post using these interfaces in 3 easy steps.

How To Add An Image To Your Blog Post Using WordPress Gutenberg Editor

Select the ‘+’ icon.

Type ‘Image’ in the search bar to find the image button and select it.

Upload your image.

You have three options to add an image:

(1) Upload. Select the file from your computer to upload it.

(2) Media Library. Access your image via the Media Library to upload it.

(3) Insert from URL. Insert the image URL to upload it.

Again, I usually upload the image directly from my desktop, but use the best option for you!

Voila! That’s how simple it is to add an image to your blog post using the WordPress Gutenberg Editor interface.

How To Add An Image To Your Blog Post Using WordPress Classic Editor

Click on ‘Add Media’.

Upload the image.

You may upload your image in one of two ways:

(1) Select Files. Select the saved image from your computer and upload it.

(2) Drop files to upload. Drag and drop the image from your computer to upload it.

Select the image (or drag and drop it) to add to your Media Library.

That’s it! You can now add an image to your blog post using the WordPress Classic Editor.

4 Must-Know Tips When Adding Images To Your Blog Posts


For the best user experience, here are four tips to remember when adding an image to your blog post.

First, make sure that the image you’re using is relevant to the content of your post.

Irrelevant images can be distracting and can make your post look unprofessional.

Second, make sure that your image is of good quality.

Blurry or low-quality images can be a turn-off and make your post look unprofessional.

Third, remember to use the search function in the media library to help you find the image you want quickly and easily!

Once you create A LOT of content with A LOT of images, the ‘search function’ becomes your new best friend.

You may also download a plugin to organize your WordPress media files into folders and categories. I highly recommend doing this from the get-go!

I use the FileBird Lite plugin to organize all my file images for this blog.

Finally, add alt text to your image.

Alt text is important to add to an image for these reasons:

  • Helps search engines understand what the image is about.
  • Improves your website’s SEO
  • Helps readers who can’t see the image to know what it is.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – How To Add An Image To WordPress


1. How do I add an image to my WordPress post or page?

Open your post or page in the WordPress editor to add an image. Click the “Add Block” button, select the “Image” block, and either upload an image or choose one from your media library. You can also drag and drop images directly into the editor.

2. What’s the ideal image size for WordPress?

Using images with dimensions that match your content area is recommended, typically around 1200-2000 pixels wide. Use compressed formats like JPEG or PNG to maintain good quality while keeping file sizes smaller.

3. Can I edit images within WordPress?

Yes, WordPress provides basic image editing features. After inserting an image, click on the “Edit” option. You can crop, rotate, scale, and even add captions from the editor.

4. How can I align images to the left or right of my text?

When adding an image block, you’ll see alignment options. Choose “Left” or “Right” to align the image with your text. This creates a more visually pleasing layout.

5. What’s an image caption, and how do I add one?

An image caption is a brief description that appears beneath the image. While adding an image block, you’ll find a field labeled “Caption” where you can enter your description.

6. Can I link an image to another page or website?

Yes, you can add a link to an image. After inserting the image, click on it, and then click the “Link” icon. Enter the URL you want to link to and choose whether the link should open in a new tab or the same tab.

7. Can alternative text (alt text) be added to images?

Absolutely! Alt text provides a description of the image for accessibility and SEO purposes. You’ll find an option to add alt text in the image block settings.

8. What’s the difference between featured images and regular images?

Featured images represent the main image for a post or page and are often displayed in listings and archives. Regular images are inserted within the content of your post or page.

9. Why is my image not displaying correctly on mobile devices?

This might be due to image dimensions. Ensure your image isn’t too large for the mobile screen. You can also use responsive design options provided by your theme or plugins to optimize images for mobile viewing.

10. Can I use images from external sources?

Yes, you can link to images hosted on other websites. However, uploading images to your own media library is recommended to ensure they remain accessible in the long run.

To Wrap It Up


Adding an image in WordPress is quite simple. It’s as easy as finding the picture you want and then clicking a couple of buttons to insert it!

Let’s summarize what we covered:

  • How to add an image to WordPress step-by-step.
  • How to add an image to a WordPress blog post using the Gutenberg Editor or Classic Editor.
  • Four essential tips to follow when adding an image to your blog post: (1) make sure it’s relevant to your content; (2) it’s of good quality; (3) use the ‘search function’ or a plugin to find the image you want quickly easily (4) use alt-text to boost your SEO and search engine rankings.

I hope this post helped clarify how to add an image in WordPress with ease.

Until the next post, I wish you much blogging success!

With Gratitude,

Linds

What other tips do you have on how to add an image in WordPress? Let me know in the comments below!

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Linds is the proud mom of two little miracles, Mono Mono twin girls, and one AMAZING older brother! She is the founder and content creator of Mono Mono Twins, Intensive Therapy for Kids, and Co-Founder of The LENN Foundation, a 510c3 that helps children across the United States with cerebral palsy receive grants for intensive therapies to thrive.

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