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Classic Editor: How to Add Images to WordPress

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Adding Images in the WordPress Admin Interface

These instructions are for adding media to your WordPress site outside of a post or page. If you wish to see instructions for adding media to a page or post, see our article, Adding Images to a WordPress Post or Page.

  1. Log into the WordPress admin interface
  2. In the left sidebar, hover over Media, then click Add New in the drop-downAdd new image
  3. Add files by dragging-and-dropping them on the interface or using the Select Files buttonnew media image
  4. Added images will appear underneath the Upload New Media interfaceimage uploaded image

Adding Images to a WordPress Post or Page

These are instructions for adding images in the Classic WordPress editor. If you are using the Gutenberg Block editor, see our article Block Editor: How to Add Images to WordPress.

If you want to add images directly in a post or page, you can do so by following these steps:

  1. Log into the WordPress admin interface
  2. Create or open a page or post in the admin interface
    Add or create new page image
  3. Position your typing cursor in the spot you want the image to appearPlace cursor where you want image to go image
  4. Click Add Mediaadd media button image
  5. Select your desired image or drag-and-drop the image file into the interfacechoosing an image image
  6. Once the file is selected, click Insert into pageclick insert button image

The images will be added to your post next to where you left your text cursor. If you want it in a new spot, don't worry! Just drag-and-drop it to a new position.

To learn how to align images once they are added to your content, check out our How to Align Images in WordPress article.

Updated on November 4, 2021

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