Uploading images to post contents

When creating or editing a WordPress page or post, you can easily embed many different types of media at any time using the WordPress Add Media tool.

Embeddable media include:

  • Images
  • Audio
  • Video
  • Documents of various types

The following will take you step by step through the process of embedding media into your content.

Step 1 – Placing your cursor

In order to embed media in your page or post content, you must first insert your cursor in the place in the text where you want the media to appear.


Step 2 – Click the Add Media button

Once you’ve placed your cursor on the line where you want your media to appear, click on the Add Media button to launch the media uploader interface, then select the Insert Media option from the list of actions in the left side of the media uploader window.


As of WordPress  Version 3.9, you may also drag media directly onto the editor to upload them.

Step 3 – Add or Select Your Media

You can upload or select the media you want to add to your page or post by choosing from either of the following options in the center of the media uploader window:

  • Upload Files: Upload the media you want to use from your computer by dragging it into the upload area.
  • Media Library: Select from any previously uploaded media in the media library by clicking on the one you wish to add to your page or post.

Insert Media Screen

Once you have selected or uploaded the media you want to add, you will see a checkbox next to the thumbnail confirming your selection, and you will see the selected media displayed in the Attachment Details pane on the right hand side of the media uploader interface.

Step 4 – Attachment Details

The Attachment Details panel displays a small preview or icon as well as important information such as the filename, date uploaded, and dimensions in pixels for image files or length for audio/video files.
Please be very careful with images dimensions and file sizes since it’s one of the main things to care about when you work on the website. Please check the Images Sizes article for more info.
For images, there are also action links that allow you to Edit Image or to Delete Permanently to remove the image from your site.

Title – The name of this media.
Caption – Brief explanation.
Alternate Text – Text to describe the media. Used for accessibility and SEO.
Description – An explanation of this particular media.
The Attachment Display Settings panel controls how the media embed will be displayed when viewed on the site.
The Alignment setting allows you to determine where you would like the image to appear in your content area and how it interacts with any text on the page. You have the following image alignment options to choose from:
  • Left: Aligns the image on the left hand margin, and any text that is on the page wraps (or flows) around the image to the available space on the right.
  • Right: Aligns the image on the right hand margin, and any text that is on the page wraps (or flows) around the image to the available space on the left.
  • Center: Aligns the image to the center of the page, with no text displayed around it.
  • None: Inserts the image in to the page with no alignment
Link To:
The  Link To settings determine where someone is taken when they click the image.
  • Attachment Page: Links your inserted image to its WordPress media attachment page.
  • Media File: Links your inserted image directly to the original, full-size version of the file.
  • Custom URL: Allows you to set a custom link URL for your inserted image to link to when clicked.
  • None: This setting will remove the link completely, rendering the image “un-clickable”.

Link URL: 
Read only display of the media URL or web address.

The Size settings determine the size of the image you are adding to your site. By default WordPress creates a range of four image size for you to choose from:

  • Thumbnail: Displays a small thumbnail-sized version of your image on the page/post. Note, by default the Thumbnail size is a square, so some cropping of your original image may occur.
  • Medium: Displays a medium-sized version of your image on the page/post. This is a good size to use with Left/Right alignments, as it leaves sufficient space for legible text to either side.
  • Large: Displays a large-sized version of your image on the page/post. Note: WordPress will determine the width of the content column of your theme, and display the largest possible image for that space.
  • Full Size: Displays a full-sized version of your image on the page/post. Note: WordPress will determine the width of the content column of your theme, and display the largest possible image for that space. If your original image is larger than this column width, the full size of the image may not be displayed.

Available sizes depend on what sizes were generated for the image at the time it was uploaded based on the sizes in  Settings > Media compared to the original image size. New image will only be generated if it the dimensions are equal to or smaller than the original image size.

Audio and video files have embed options instead of alignment, link, and size options.

 Embed or Link:
  • Embed Media Player
  • Link to Media File
  • Link to Attachment Page

Step 5 – Inserting Media


Once you have determined your embed settings, click on the  Insert into post or  Insert into page button at the bottom right to add the media. After the media uploader window closes, you will see the media in the editor window.

Image Details

There are several options available for modifying image details after an image has been added. To change image details, click on an image in the editor and then click the edit icon to open the Image Details screen, or remove the image by clicking the “x” icon. You can adjust the alignment of image by clicking Align left, Align center, Align right or No alignment icons.


The Image Details screen can be used to modify image attributes for individually inserted media files. Click the “Advanced Options” heading to see additional options.