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WordPress - Upload an image using the WP Editor

Updated on December 2, 2012

Displaying Images On A WordPress Page

To display images in your WordPress page you need not know how use an FTP client.

Actually you need not have any tech abilities to upload images into your webpage because the WordPress Editor permits you to do this in a pretty straight forward way.

You must have the image ( or images ) you want displayed in your WordPress page available in a folder on your local computer first.

Next Login to your WordPress Admin section in the usual way.

In the left hand column Click the link Pages and from the drop down menu that appears, click on Add New as shown in diagram 1.

Diagram 1. Creating a New Page
Diagram 1. Creating a New Page

The WordPress editor loads which will allow you to insert an image into your page. To do this look at the top left hand side of the Editing area, adjacent to the Upload/Insert label. Several small icons will be visible. Move the mouse cursor over each of them and read the help message displayed. The very first icon says 'Add an Image' as its help message. Take a look at diagram 2.

Diagram 2.  The Image Upload icon top left handside
Diagram 2. The Image Upload icon top left handside

When you click this icon, immediately your entire page will go a dark grey, and a new window will open right in the middle of you screen. Take a look at Diagram 3.

Diagram 4. Add and image
Diagram 4. Add and image

Click the button 'Upload File'. as shown in Diagram 4. Immediately a file Browser opens up and you can navigate to the folder in which you've kept the image that you want uploaded into your WordPress page. Double click the image that you want to upload the the upload process will begin immediately.

Next, add the Title, Alternate Text and Caption information you want.

Next, choose and alignment for your picture on the WordPress page, We choose Left.

Now you have one last job to do, and it's a pretty important one. Click the Insert into Post button.

If you do not, the picture you've chosen will get uploaded into the folder /wp-content/uploads/{year}/{month}/{filename} within WordPress CMS - BUT- will not appear on your page.

Next, choose a size, we chose Medium.

Finally, do not forget to Click the 'Save all Changes' button.

Do take a look at Diagram 5. It kind of visually explains everything.

Immediately your picture will appear in the WordPress editor, but most likely will appear cropped drastically. This is because the Editing space is often much less that the image size.

Take a look at Diagram 6.

Diagram 6. Cropped picture visible in the Editor
Diagram 6. Cropped picture visible in the Editor

No issues, simply take a look at the bottom, right hand corner of the Editing area. You will see a handle there, it appears like a series of small gray diagonal lines. Simply Drag that corner until you can see your entire image and have some white space below the image for you to start typing in some content. Take a look at Diagram 7.

Diagram 7. Full image visible, with a bit of text
Diagram 7. Full image visible, with a bit of text

Now simply place you mouse cursor below the image and start typing the text you want.

TIP: If you want to move the mouse cursor immediately below the line you've just typed, to type another line, hold the SHIFT key down and then press ENTER.

Your first WordPress page, with an Image and Text has been done using the default WordPress editor.


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      ross670daw 7 years ago

      That's great Ivan, thanks I look forward to your upcoming hubs, I for one am very interested. Keep up the good work.

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      Ivan Bayross 7 years ago from Mumbai / India

      Hi Ross670daw,

      Thank you so much for your fan mail. It totally took my breath away. I appreciate this.

      Yes I did mean compress the images using Photoshop or SmushIT from Yahoo. You maybe pleasantly surprised at the way the image size shrinks when you do.

      You've given me a great idea for a Hub, I'll write and publish a Hub that describes how to shrink images using SmushIT.

      I'm sure that would help a lot of readers. Thanks.

      Please ask your questions, that's how I learned, you should have heard some of the questions I asked, makes me blush today :-)).

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      ross670daw 7 years ago

      Wow Ivan, thankyou for your very detailed response. Yes I have read your hub 'WordPress Upload images to your WordPress site with Filezilla', but have not tried to upload images that way yet. I wait to read the next step in your series.

      It's a catch 22 situation when you have numerous images in numerous posts, but need to limit the amount of those images for page load time.

      I assume you mean compressing images before I upload them. I apologize for seemingly dumb questions. Thanks for answering, I appreciate it.

      I do have 'pagespeed' installed, but am unsure how to actually rectify the problems that arise.

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      Ivan Bayross 7 years ago from Mumbai / India

      Hi ross67daw,

      Thanks for your comment.

      The WordPress flash image uploader often gives users a pain, which is why I've written a pretty detailed Hub on how to use FTP to load images to your WP website.

      I wonder if you've seen it.

      Q1-A: The physical number of images stored in your media library will normally have no effect at all on your page load times.

      What will have an effect on your page load times is the number of images you load from within the media library into your WP page or post.

      The greater the number of images you load, the longer your page load time.

      Just a tip, process your images using Photoshop or SmushIt (by Yahoo) and keep your images sizes as small as possible while keeping image clarity to acceptable levels.

      Q2-A: It really does not matter if you host your image on your site server or from another server (i.e. remote URL) this approach has almost no effect in speeding up page load times. Most often Browsers handle only a single incoming data stream at a time.

      You could actually check this out using the Yahoo YSlow plugin for Firefox. Do post your results back here (or a link to it) I'd love to know what happened.

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      ross670daw 7 years ago

      Hi, Very useful info. I had a lot of trouble with the flash uploader, when trying to upload images, so I disabled it. One question, really two, does having too many images stored in the media library have an effect on load times of your site?, and is it best to host the image on your site server, or from a remote url, like amazon s3?