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How To Add and Delete Images in WordPress

Submitted by on July 1, 2011 – 4:51 pmNo Comment

Adding Images
To add an image to your WordPress page or post’s content place your cursor where you would like to add an image. Then click the image icon.

Add Image in WordPress

A pop-up menu will appear.

Upload Image from your computer to WordPressYou can upload images from your computer, from a URL or from your Media Library. If you have the NextGEN Gallery plug-in installed and activated you can also add images or slideshows from your galleries.

To upload images from your computer click Select Files. Browse your computer to find the image you want to add. Then click Upload. (The image will be uploaded to your Media Library.)

Note: Images need to be a web-friendly .jpg, .gif or .png file format.

Here you can name your image, add alternate text, and add a description of the image. You can choose to leave these blank, but I recommend filling them out for several reasons. First, they will help you improve your SEO. Second, the alternate text is there in case your image doesn’t appear for some reason people will know what it is and the description will be read to blind users of the internet.

You may also add a caption. In many themes this adds a box around the image as well as a caption area. Experiment to see if you like the look.

You can specify what size you want the image – full size, large, medium or thumbnail. You’ll also specify whether you want the image to align left, right, or to the center.

Note: Be careful about choosing full size – if your image is very large, it could push all the content around on your page, making your site appear weird. For a two column layout, 610 pixels is typically the recommended maximum width.

Click the Insert Image button and now your image will appear in your content. Click Publish to publish the image.

Note: Do not use the “Use as featured image” link as this will replace your header image with this image with some templates. Unless of course you want to have different header images on each page.

Adding images from a URL is a great way to add images directly from your Flickr account.

Note: Be certain that you have the rights to use an image before adding it to your blog post or page. ALL images on the web are copyrighted by the author and/or resource. Some photo service sites actively pursue legal action against companies using their images without their permission. If you swipe an image, even if you’re getting it from some small  company site, you could be infringing on the rights of a large corporation with the resources to sue you for thousands of dollars.

Removing Images
To remove an image, hover your cursor over the image. Two small icons will appear in the upper left hand corner of the image. Click landscape icon to edit the image. Click the red circle with a line through it to delete the image.

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