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WordPress Tutorials – How To Add Images From A URL

There are a variety of different ways to add media to your website’s posts or pages. One involves adding images from an existing URL; in other words, adding an image that already exists in another location on the web.

Here I am at WordPress .com, and there’s a variety of images on this site. Let’s say I want to add this Get Social image to my post. The first I am going to do is to right-click or alternate-click on the image and then choose Save Image Location. Depending on the browser you’re using, this text may say something different such as Copy Link To or Save Image Link. Clicking that saves the URL to this image into my clipboard and I can paste that URL in other places later.

Here I am back in the post editor and I’m going to add this image to my post by visiting the Add Media button above the toolbar and then from the popup dialog going and selecting Embed from URL. The first box here is the box in which you’re going to input the URL that you just copied from the previous page.

From that, a thumbnail image preview is generated. In this window you can adjust the caption for the image in case you would like to set one for your site and also input alternate text for those with browsers that can’t see the image. You can adjust the alignment properties here and then you can adjust the URL in which the image links to. By default, WordPress will simply display the image without making it a link. When somebody clicks the image, you can make it to where it will go to the image itself at full quality or input a custom URL if you would like it to take them someplace specific.

When you’ve got everything set the way you’d like, in the bottom right-hand corner is Insert Embed. Please note that this image is actually located on someone else’s server and so you don’t actually have control of it. If the other site decides to modify the image or delete it altogether, it will affect the look of the content on your site.

You can click Preview Changes to preview your changes before making them live on the web or click Update or Publish to publish your changes.

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