Guest Post by Richard
The steps for uploading and inserting images in the new WordPress.com dashboard are different than before, but this tutorial will guide you through it, and once you have done it a few times you will be on your way to happy blogging again. I will include “tips” along the way for any peculiarities I have run into that could trip you up.
Step 1: Open a new post, or the one you want to insert an image or images into. If it is new, give it a title and click save. If you wish to add text in the post now, go ahead and do that. When you are ready to insert the image, click save first, and then place the cursor where you want to insert the image.
TIP! The autosave feature will leave the cursor exactly where it is in the post, but if you click the save button, the cursor will be removed from the text area and you will have to place it back at the image insertion point before proceeding.
Step 2: Click on the “Add an Image” button at the top right of the editor area.
Step 3: Click on the “Choose files to upload” button. [Edit: The "Insert into Post" button in the section below the "Choose files to upload" button is only for inserting images when you have entered the URL of an image.]
Step 4: Navigate to the location of the images you wish to upload and then select the file or files to upload. To select multiple files, ctrl-click (Windows) or cmd-click (Mac) the file names you wish to upload and when done, click the “Select” button (name may vary by Operating System).
TIP! In some instances I have noticed that when selecting multiple files to upload, there is a chance that one of them might show up in the list with the infamous “?” indicating that the file was not uploaded. In this case, you will have to reselect the file that did not upload and upload it again. Note that when you do, a number will be appended to the end of the file name by WordPress. This is to prevent you from accidently overwriting a previously uploaded file. Later, you can go into Manage > Media Library and delete any files that did not upload.
Step 5: Once the files have uploaded, the window will change to show something similar to what you see below. Click “Save all changes” to finish the upload.
TIP! Clicking on the “Save all changes” button when the uploads are finished is an important part and it apparently closes the process and finalizes the database entries. If you do not click the button, sometimes the images are not accessible for insertion into a post or page.
Step 6: Click on the “Media Library” link at the top of the window (above) and the window will change to something similar to what you see below. Click anywhere in the row with the image you wish to insert – or on the “Show” link at right, or on the thumbnail at the left side.
Step 7: Scroll down in the resultant box and you can choose if you want the image linked to the image file in your uploads, or to the post page, or you can enter any URL you wish. The Alignment settings do not affect the actual alignment of the image in the post, but instead pulls in any CSS settings for images that your theme may have. It does not set the alignment of the image within the post. Choose what size image you wish to insert (thumbnail, medium or full size). When you are done with your changes, click on the “Insert into Post” button and you will be taken back to your post or page editor and within a few seconds, the image will show up where you had the cursor.
TIP! I have had a couple instances where when I selected “none” for link URL, WordPress ignored me and put in a link anyway. If that happens, the easiest thing to do is click on the image to highlight it and then click on the “remove link” icon in the toolbar (broken chain link icon).
That is pretty much it. To insert additional images you can click on either the Add an Image, or “Add Media” buttons and then click on the “Media Library” link at the top of the window that comes up, select another image and insert it in the same way (Steps 6 and 7).
My next A future guest post will be on using the Gallery.
[Edit: Some people are experiencing other problems such as errors when trying to upload and this post is not meant to address those errors. Those will have to be addressed by staff.]