How to Add an Image on WordPress
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Phase 3 – Step 8
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In this post, I am going to show you How to Add an Image on WordPress, and where to get FREE Images for your site. This is going to make your site much more pleasing to view, increasing the time that visitors will spend there, as well as helping to convert your visitors to buyers, thereby increasing your Revenue.
Most people are visual by nature. Most of us grew up looking at picture books, while Mom or Dad read the story to us. Then, we graduated to comic books and the funny papers. Again, it was not only about the story line, but the pictures helped us understand what was going on.
It’s been said: “One picture is worth a thousand words.” Now, I don’t recommend that you substitute Pictures for content, but rather add some Images to your content, in order to give your visitors a better experience.
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Where to Find Free Images
Why pay for something if you do not have to. There are many ways and places to get FREE Images to use on your site. Some of these are:
Some of these sites may offer a combination of FREE Pictures as well as some that you need to pay to use. Always carefully check to make sure that you have permission to use your chosen Pictures without having to pay for them. You do not want to expose yourself to a lawsuit down the road for copyright infringement.
If you are using Wealthy Affiliate’s ‘Site Content’ to create your posts, there are over 1,000,000 FREE Images that you can use there. These are guaranteed to be FREE to use, by Wealthy Affiliate. Simply click on the ‘Template’ button and select a Template or click on: ‘Create New’. Choose how you want to create your article, and click on that. There is an Image Icon (next to the ‘ABC’ Spell Check Icon) to click on. Then, Key in the type of Picture that you are looking for and click on ‘Search’. A selection of Images will appear based on your search query.
Install an Image in a New Post Using ‘Site Content’
To install an Image into your new post in the ‘Site Content’ platform, do the following:
- Write your post first (the Image Icon will not appear in the Toolbar unless you are in the writing content mode).
- Then, place your Cursor at the location in your document where you want an Image to appear.
- Click on the Image Icon in the Toolbar.
- Key in your search parameters and click on: ‘Search’.
- Click on the Image of your choice from the presented selection or ‘Drag & Drop’ an Image from your own Files, or Upload Manually (your choices).
- Once the Image has been selected, it will appear with a ‘Cropping’ window in the center of it.
- When you place your Cursor inside that window (4 arrows show), you can grab and move the window around the Image. If you place your Cursor on any of the white squares (arrow turns into 2 arrows), you can drag the square to change the area that you wish to incorporate for your Picture. You can do this as many times as needed until the exact area within the window is the Image that you wish to use.
- Then click on the appropriate Alignment choice (left, center, right, or none), which is under the Image.
- Then, choose whether you want your Image to be square (or rectangle, depending on how you cropped) or round.
- Now, Key in a name for your Image.
- Next, choose an existing ‘Website Link’, and click on your Post Title from the list below to select it.
- Click on: ‘Save and Insert’ button (lower right).
- Your Image will appear in your document.
If your post has already been Published, although the Image can be temporarily installed in the ‘Site Content’ platform, it will not be Saved there or added to your post. Once you have Published a post, you must Edit it in your WordPress Dashboard, not in SiteContent.
Add an Image to a Published Post
Once your post has been Published, Images need to be installed when you are in the ‘Edit’ area of the post within your WordPress Dashboard. You can complete this as follows:
- First, in your Dashboard, go to: Posts > All Posts. Hover over the Post Title that you want and click on: ‘Edit’.
- Place your Cursor where you want the Image to appear and set your Alignment.
- Next, click on the: ‘Add Media’ button (top left above your Toolbar).
- Then, either choose an Image from your Media Library (previously Uploaded) or click on: ‘Upload Files’ tab.
- Either use ‘Drag & Drop’ or click on: ‘Select Files’ button to get to the area where the Image that you want to Upload is kept. Then, click on the selected Image and click on: ‘Open’.
- The chosen Image has now been Uploaded to your Media Library.
- Click on the Image to select it.
- You can further Edit (crop or rotate) the Image by clicking on the link (upper right) or Delete it (if you so desire) by clicking on that link in the same area.
- Key in a Title, Caption (if desired), and a short Description.
- Then, choose an Alignment, a Link to (if desired), and a Size. (You click on the arrows on the right of each window to see your choices.)
- Finally, click on the: ‘Insert into post’ button. Your Image now appears in your post. If it is exactly as you want it, click on: ‘Update’, and then: ‘Preview Changes’ to view it on your site.
Add Images to All of Your Other Pages and Posts
You now see how important Images are for your site, so, it is time to go back through each page and post on your site and add Images to all of these. One or two Images on each will suffice, or more if appropriate. Remember, your Images should visually represent what you are talking about.
However, your ‘About Me’ and ‘Contact Me’ pages should have an Image of you on them.
For your Home Page, your Header Logo is sufficient for your Image in most cases.
Continue to add Images to each of your new posts and pages as you create them. This will make for a much better user experience on your site.
Copy & Paste and Image to Use
If you need to Copy & Paste an Image to use, you will need to do so using an additional program like: ‘Paint’, ‘PhotoShop’, ‘Gimp’ or some other comparable program. To do so, follow these steps:
- Right click on the Image that you choose to Copy & Paste it into the program that you are using.
- Rotate and/or Crop the Image if needed.
- You will need to Resize your Image to no larger than 1024 x 1024 pixels or you will get an ‘Error’ message when you try to Upload it.
- Save your Image with a jpg or png File extension.
- Name your File appropriately, and Save it in your Domain Name Folder.
Note: You can not use an apostrophe or a hyphen in your File Name or you will get an HTTP Error when Uploading. Also, be careful not to have duplicate File extensions after your File’s Name.
Create a Folder to Store Your Images
Once you have created Files for each of your Images, you should store them all in a separate Folder in your Pictures Library, titled with your site’s Domain Name (without the .com). This will give you easy access should you need to view any for a particular reason.
Great Job! Your Site is Coming Along Splendidly!
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When you are ready, see my next Post: What is Alt Text for an Image? – Phase 3 – Step 9.