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Adding Images in WordPress

Images can be a great way of adding visual interest to your content. WordPress makes it easy to add an image to your content within any WYSIWYG editor. There are many WYSIWYG editor fields in WordPress. In addition to the main content editing area on a Page, Event, Post, or Program Umbrella there are also WYSIWYG editor fields for each sub-page in a Program and within most Panels. They are marked by the editing toolbar and Add Media and Add Form buttons at the top of each. The processes below applies to any of them.

In addition to adding images in the editor as below, there are also Panels that include images as part of their design. While both methods involve uploading images to the WordPress Media Library, other parts of the process are different, as is the end result. Check out the Panel examples in the Style Guide for more information.


Remember: all images require a text alternative. Adding alt text (a short visual description of the content and meaning of the image) to every image as you upload it is one of the simplest and most important things that you as a web content contributor can do to make sure your content meets web accessibility standards.

Alternative Text

Note: There are plenty of high-quality images available for you to use on the BCIT flickr account. These images have the advantage of already having any needed releases signed.

Media Library maintenance

Note: As of spring 2024, the web team is in the process of developing a tool to help you with identifying and eliminating “orphaned” image files. These are image files which were uploaded in WordPress and perhaps added to a page or post at some point in the past, but which are no longer being used anywhere and are therefore taking up space for no purpose. Even before that tool is available, however, you can do your part to maintain the Media Library in WordPress by deleting any images you upload but do not immediately use.

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