Adding Images to Wordpress Post

Adding Images to WordPress is not as intuitive as it could be.  If you are struggling, maybe this will help!

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When you are in a blog post, click on the little box in Upload, Insert

It will take you to a window for browsing and uploading images (which is pretty simple)

Then it takes you to this screen

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Number one is put in the descriptive words that will show up when someone scrolls over the image.  Key Words are great - look at what the image is, or make it something "cute."

Number 2 - make sure the image is not larger than 600 x something or it looks really funny in some browsers.  Generally you want medium.

Number 3 - decide if you want the image to show on the left with words on the right, or in the middle with words above and below it (like this) or to the right with words to the left.

Number 4 Insert the image.  In some WordPress Themes there is another "button" for use this as the thumbnail image - you can only pick one image in the post for the thumbnail on the front page.

Once the image appears in the post, then click on it and two boxes will show up. One box has a Cancel symbol and one has a picture . Click on the picture image and this screen below appears.

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If the image is placed where you want it, and it is the right size then click on the Advanced Settings tab at the top.  If you need to make changes, move it around on the page, etc. go ahead and do that here - but remember to UPDATE!

Once you click on Advanced Settings, it takes you to this screen:

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Make certain the image is not more than 600 x something.  

Pictures and words will be placed right up to the EDGE if you do not put some space between them.  It is important to add 4 and 5 to Vertical Space (or another number if you want more space).  If the image has a TON of white space around it you might not need to do this.

Then Update!  You're done!  Great Job!

If you have simple WordPress questions - let me know!  Eleanor Thorne, 919-649-5057


Comment balloon 8 commentsEleanor Thorne • October 22 2010 12:40PM


Thanks for the easy to follow tutorial. Wordpress is powerul but not intuitive.

Posted by Dave Halpern, Louisville Short Sale Expert (Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827) over 9 years ago

Great info. thanks for the pics for people like me.  Makes it (almost) seem easy.  Thanks for all of your posts in this area!

Posted by Curt Baumgarth, CDPE Realtor Serving the Valley of the Sun. 480 26 (Century 21 All Stars) over 9 years ago


You had me at "Adding Images to WordPress is not as intuitive as it could be."

I couldn't agree with you more, and this is a helpful guide.  So, I usually upload the photo to Flickr, grab the Flickr embed code, and edit WP in HTML.

I need to be a little less dependent on Flickr, and this will be helpful.

Posted by Mike Jaquish, 919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate (Realty Arts) over 9 years ago

Eleanor, thanks for the tip.

Posted by David O'Doherty, Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC (Raleigh Realty Inc) over 9 years ago

Thank you, this will help as I am working on getting my first Wordpress blog up and running--and pictures are almost the most important part.  I wonder why the adjective "easy" gets applied to Wordpress so many times if basic functions such as inserting a picture aren't so intuitive?  What do you think?

Posted by Nancy Williams (Coldwell Banker Homestead Group Select Professionals) over 9 years ago

Nice tutorial

I did not know about the sizing option embedded

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Posted by Charles McDonald, REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner (Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions) over 9 years ago

This is a great step-by-step tutorial.  Sort of like paint-by-numbers.  Thank you!

Posted by Patsy Overton (Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia) over 9 years ago

Thank you, Eleanor.  I was searching this group because I was having problems with my WP posts--I've got that part down now!

Posted by Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate (Prudential CT Realty) about 9 years ago