The second most important thing you can do for your website is add images. First being, writing content for your blog. Great images attract people to look at your page or post. Not only do they set the mood for the page or post, they make it visually appealing to the reader. They also help break up the text so that it is easily read, and also prevent the page from becoming boring. You want the reader to stay on your site as long as possible so adding images is a way to do that.
Adding an image to your page
So you have a nice image that you want to add to your page and it has been optimized for the web. Let’s go into WordPress in the text editor and add it.
So you have the file saved on your computer and you want to start by clicking on the Add Media button above. This will open the next screen below:
Next you will click on the Upload Files Tab to see the next screen
Click on the Select Files button, your file manager will open, find the image file you are looking for on your computer, select it and it will start uploading into your media library in WordPress. Once it is done uploading you will see it as the top left image in your media library. It will already be selected. Now you want to make some changes to it.
You want to move the title name and put it into the Alt Text field. This is very important for SEO purposes. Your alignment can be Center, Right, or left. If it is the feature image of the page, you may want to center it. If it is going to be more in the body of the page, then select either left or right alignment. You want to select Link to None, and use the full size of the image if it is a feature, or you can select a smaller size for a body image.
Then you click on the Insert into post button, and this will add it to the page.
So now you have inserted it into the page. If you click on the image you will get some other editing features like Align Left, Center, Align Right, No Alignment, Edit and Remove. These tools will enable you to edit the image now that your have inserted into the page. Play around with these, and move the image around however you like, until you get it where you want it.
Adding an image with text flowing around
If you have a smaller image of, maybe, 200 pixels width, you may want to insert it into a paragraph with the text flowing around it. If so, make sure your cursor is blinking next to the word at the beginning of the paragraph you want the image to go in when you click the add image icon. And then in the Add an Image dialog box, click under Alignment click “Left” or “Right”.
Your image should always have a descriptive file name with no spaces and a .jpg, .gif or .png at the end. For the image here, left, I would use the file name “girl-with-healing-hands.jpg”. Upper and lower case letters are irrelevant here so it is best stick to lowercase and use hyphens to separate the words. Spaces will be converted to hyphens after uploading via WordPress. And, hyphens are better than underscores.
Always try to write an Alternate text for the image. This is how you would describe the image to a blind person. So, in our example the Alternate text would be “woman with her hands clasped into a healing position”. Remember, this is crawled by the search engines so put keywords in where appropriate! The Alternate text is in the Adding Image dialog box which appears after an image is uploaded.
One last thing to consider when uploading images is their size. If you want the image to be the same size as it is on your computer click Full Size under Size. If you want the image to be a different size you can choose Thumbnail, Medium or Large. You can change these sizes in Settings > Media.
Images That Match Blog Content
So now you have uploaded an image to your web page. This article was strictly designed to show you the basics of adding an image to your web page. Another considerations could be the article that you are writing about. You want the image to somehow reflect on the story you are telling. If your article or page is long, you may want to add other images to help break up the text to make the page more appealing, but try to pick images that will go with the subject of the article you are writing about.
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