Once you have begun work on your site, you will certainly want to add images and pictures. WordPress makes it simple to add and edit images on your site. In the Add New or Edit screen, click on the first icon following where it says Add Media (remember this is right above the Visual Toolbar). This button is located inside the red circle in the image below.
Once you select this icon, you will be prompted with a screen that will allow you to decide where the image will come from. Your choices will be: From Computer, From URL, Gallery, and Media Library.
To add a file from your computer
- Choose Select Files in the From Computer tab.
- Browse through your files and choose the image you would like to add.
- Select the image and hit enter.
- The next screen should resemble the image below.
Here you can choose a title, caption and description for your image. It is important to always choose a caption for your image.
- Next you will need to choose the image size. Choosing Large Thumbnail or Small Thumbnail will only show a small portion of the entire image. In order for your image to fit within your blog, it should have a width of 420 or less, but if you need to choose a larger size you will be able to shrink it down later.
- Choose Insert into Post to both save the image to your Media Gallery and insert it directly into your page or post. If you click Save all Changes, the image will save to your Media Gallery, but not be inserted into your blog.
- To preview how your image will appear, select Preview Changesin the top right column of the screen. Often, your image will appear too large to fit into blog, like the image below.
To fix this, simply return to the Edit screen and click on the image. The image will turn blue and in the top left corner there will appear two icons. Select the first icon that looks like a mountain
(selecting the second icon will delete the photo from your page, but not from your Media Library).
- On the next screen, you can shrink or enlarge your photo.
Select a percentage you wish to shrink your photo (choosing 70% means that your image will be 70% of the original size). If you need, this is where you also can alter the name, caption, link and alignment.
Since the image was only slightly too large for the blog, I want to decrease it by 20% in size, therefore I will choose 80% and select update. Now the image will appear within the page confines, as seen below.
- Under the Gallery tab, you can browse through images that you have used in the Post or Page you are currently working on. To edit or add the image, select Show.
On the next screen, you will need to choose a title, caption, alignment, and size for the image. Again, remember it is very important to always caption your images.
If you choose the Media Library tab, you can browse through all of your images.
There is a place for you to search and you can edit and save as well.
**Note: Your list will automatically display all of your images, but you can also find all of the other media you have saved, such as video, by clicking All Types which will appear in blue above the image names.**