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      How To Style Figure and Image HTML Elements with CSS

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      When styling images on a web page with CSS, there are many important ideas to keep in mind. By default, web browsers display images in a raw format at their default size. This can lead to images being larger than the rest of the content, or can introduce unexpected spacing problems for your page layout. This tutorial will lead you through examples of image styling for web pages, allowing you to make informed decisions about how images are displayed and altered to fit the context.

      In this tutorial, you will create a web page consisting of content and three images. The first image will be loaded as an <img /> element on its own, the second will be wrapped in the <figure> element with an appropriate <figcaption>, and the third will use the <picture> element to load different images at different screen sizes and use the object-fit and object-position properties to resize the image. You will also explore some of the fundamentals of responsive web design and ensure the accessibility of your images.


      Setting Up the Base HTML and CSS

      In this section, you will set up the base HTML for all the visual styles you will write throughout the tutorial. You will also create your styles.css file and add styles that set the layout of the content.

      Start by opening index.html in your text editor. Then, add the following HTML to the file:


      <!doctype html>
          <meta charset="utf-8">
          <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">
          <title>City Night</title>
          <link rel="preconnect" href=""> 
          <link rel="preconnect" href="" crossorigin> 
          <link href=";400&display=swap" rel="stylesheet">
          <link rel="stylesheet" href="styles.css" />

      There are several page aspects defined inside the <head> element. The first <meta> element specifies the character set to use for the text. This way, special characters like accent marks will render without special HTML codes. The second <meta> element tells browsers (mobile browsers in particular) how to treat the width of the content; otherwise, the browser would simulate a 960px desktop width. Next, the <title> element provides the browser with the title of the page. The <link> elements load in the page styles. The first three load in the font, Inconsolata, from Google Fonts, and the last loads the styles you will write in this tutorial.

      Next, the page will need content to style. You will use sample content from Cupcake Ipsum as filler text to use with the styles. Throughout the tutorial, additions to code from previous steps will be highlighted. Return to index.html in your text editor and add the highlighted HTML from the following code block:


      <!doctype html>
            <h2>City Night</h2>
            <p> Candy bonbon carrot cake jelly beans shortbread fruitcake. Donut lollipop shortbread soufflé cotton candy cupcake cake. Pastry bear claw powder shortbread gingerbread.</p>
            <p>Caramels jelly-o marshmallow muffin macaroon bear claw candy canes gummies. Muffin shortbread sweet roll pastry marzipan pudding.</p>
            <p>Danish gummies oat cake marzipan shortbread pudding chocolate cake. Donut biscuit danish chocolate cake marzipan. Bonbon cheesecake gingerbread sesame snaps brownie ice cream caramels halvah.</p>

      The <main> element contains the primary content of the page, with an <h2> text heading of City Night followed by three <p> elements of content. As you work through the tutorial, you will add images to the page between the content.

      Save your changes to index.html, then create a file in the same directory called styles.css. Open this file in your text editor. In your styles.css file, add the CSS from the following code block:


      body {
        margin: 0;
        font: 100% / 1.5 Inconsolata, monospace;
        color: hsl(230, 100%, 95%);
        background-color: hsl(230, 40%, 10%);
      h2 {
        font-size: 3.5rem;
        font-weight: 300;
        text-shadow: 0 0 1em hsla(320, 100%, 50%, 0.5),
          0 0 0.125em hsla(320, 100%, 60%, 0.5),
          -0.25em -0.125em 0.125em hsla(40, 100%, 60%, 0.125),
          0.25em 0.125em 0.125em hsla(200, 100%, 60%, 0.25);
      main {
        margin: 2rem auto 4rem;
        width: 90%;
        max-width: 70rem;
      p {
        font-size: 1.25rem;
        max-width: 75ch;

      These styles add the visual aesthetic and layout to the page. The body rule set adjusts the defaults to load the Inconsolata font, then changes the color to be light blue and the background color to a dark blue-purple. Next, the h2 header gets resized, uses a thinner font weight, and gains a unique effect with the use of the text-shadow property. The main element is set up to remain in the center of the page and stop growing in width once it reaches a size of 70rem, which is approximately 1120px. Lastly,the p selector sets the font-size a bit larger to 1.25rem and sets a separate max-width to 75ch, which is 75 characters at the current font-size.

      Save your changes to styles.css and then open your web browser. Select the File menu item, then select the Open option and load your index.html file in the browser. The following image demonstrates how this HTML will render in the browser:

      White monospace text on a dark blue purple background.

      In this section, you created the initial HTML and CSS for this tutorial. You loaded a custom font on the page and created a distinctive headline by using the text-shadow property. In the next section, you will add your first image to the page using the <img /> element, learn about its default browser styles, and set up the images on the page to be responsive.

      Setting Fluid Widths with the <img /> Element

      There are several things to be aware of when working with images on the web. First, images are by default shown on a page pixel for pixel. This means that if an image is 2048 pixels tall and wide it will occupy that much space on the browser, often causing horizontal and vertical scrolling. Next, images are considered inline flow content, which means images are treated like text in a browser and can be placed inline. This can be beneficial when wrapping text around an image with a float property, but otherwise it is best to separate images from text content to improve the final layout.

      To start working with images in your web page, create a new directory called images by running the following in your command prompt:

      Next, you will download a photo of a building with brightly colored doors by Luke Stackpoole. This image comes from the stock photography website Unsplash. Run the following curl command to download the photo into the new images directory:

      • curl -sL -o images/night-doors.jpg

      Now that you have the image available on your computer to use, open index.html in your text editor. After the first paragraph in the content, add an <img /> self-closing element with a src attribute, as highlighted in the following code block:


        <h2>City Nights</h2>
        <p>Candy bonbon carrot cake jelly beans shortbread fruitcake. Donut lollipop shortbread soufflé cotton candy cupcake cake. Pastry bear claw powder shortbread gingerbread.</p>
        <img src="" />

      The src attribute directs the browser to the image you downloaded from Unsplash.

      A very important aspect of working with an image is to provide an alt attribute with a description of the image. This will help various users of your website know the image content, especially those using a screen reader. It is helpful to provide details around the context of the image, especially as it pertains to the rest of the text content. If an image is purely for decorative purposes, an alt attribute set to an empty string is acceptable, as otherwise a screen reader would read the file name.

      The highlighted HTML in the following code block provides a alt text description of this image:


      <img src="" alt="Three floors of several brightly-colored doors with a person walking on the second floor" />

      Save the addition of an image to index.html, then open the file in your web browser. The image will load between the first and second paragraph. Resizing the browser will have no effect on the image, as shown in the following animation:

      Animation of a page with an image causing a horizontal scrollbar to appear as the window width shrinks.

      As mentioned at the beginning of the section, images are shown at their native size, regardless of screen size. In order to make this image fit more screen sizes, you will next give the image fluid dimensions. Fluid image media is a key tenet of responsive web design, a method of web development that emphasizes code that adjusts to the constraints of the screen or browser size.

      In order to define fluid images, open styles.css in your text editor. Create an img element selector, then add a max-width property with a value of 100%, as highlighted in the following code block:


      p {
        font-size: 1.25rem;
        max-width: 75ch;
      img {
        max-width: 100%;

      The max-width property tells images they can scale down to fit a space. It also allows the image to grow until it hits the native pixel size. This different from using the width property set to 100%, which would allow the image to grow beyond the native size if the container were larger than the image. Additionally, the default behavior of a browser is to scale an image proportionally, so no height property is necessary.

      Save your changes to styles.css and then return to the browser and refresh index.html. Resize the browser so that the images scales down and back up until it reaches its full pixel size. The following animation depicts how this resizing interaction is rendered in a browser:

      Animation of a web page with an image, which shrinks as the window size shrinks.

      In this section you worked with the <img /> tag and successfully loaded an image on the page. You used the alt attribute on an image and applied a sufficient description of the image. Lastly, you tried out a way to resize all image to fit the space available. In the next section, you will use the <figure> and <figcaption> elements and change their default styling values.

      Providing Captions with <figure> and <figcaption>

      Often an image needs accompanying descriptive text to give the reader more context about the image, such as who is in the image or where the image is from. For this kind of situation, it is useful to place the <img /> inside a <figure> element with a <figcaption> element to hold the descriptive text. In this section, you will use these elements and adjust their default styles to overlay the text on a photo of a street in Tokyo by Jezael Melgoza.

      First, run this curl command in the following code block to download the image into the images directory:

      • curl -sL -o images/tokyo-street.jpg

      Next, open index.html in your text editor. In between the second and third paragraphs, add a <figure> element. Within the <figure>, add a <img /> element with a src attribute pointing to the image you just downloaded. Then, add alt text that describes the contents of the photo. These updates are highlighted in the following code block:


      <p>Caramels jelly-o marshmallow muffin macaroon bear claw candy canes gummies. Muffin shortbread sweet roll pastry marzipan pudding.</p>
        <img src="" alt="A motion blurred street with an in-focus taxi." />
      <p>Danish gummies oat cake marzipan shortbread pudding chocolate cake. Donut biscuit danish chocolate cake marzipan. Bonbon cheesecake gingerbread sesame snaps brownie ice cream caramels halvah.</p>

      Save these updates, then return to your browser to load index.html. The image is displayed between the second and third paragraphs, but due to default styling has some inset spacing applied, as shown in the following image:

      White monospace text above and below an inset image of a taxi in Tokyo at night.

      The extra spacing of the <figure> is applied with the margin property on the left and right sides of the element. This is the default styling found on most browsers, which puts a 40px margin on the left and right and a 1em margin on the top and bottom.

      To adjust this default style, return to styles.css in your text editor. Create a new figure element selector and inside add a margin property set to 2rem 0, as highlighted in the following code block:


      img {
        max-with: 100%;
      figure {
        margin: 2rem 0;

      Setting the margin to 2rem 0 will apply 2rem spacing to the top and bottom of the figure and remove the spacing on the sides. This gives the image more space between the text, but allows it to occupy more space.

      Save your changes to styles.css and return to your browser to refresh the page. The following image shows how the figure spacing is now rendered:

      White monospace text above and below an image aligned to the text depicting a taxi in Tokyo at night.

      Next, to add a caption for the image, return to index.html in your text editor. Inside the <figure> element and beneath the <img /> element, add a <figcaption> tag. The highlighted HTML in the following code block demonstrates this setup with caption text:


        <img src="" alt="A motion blurred street with an in focus taxi." />
        <figcaption>Taxi in Tokyo, Japan</figcaption>

      The contents of a caption are useful to provide further information about the image that is not clearly evident. This is unlike the alt text, which describes in words the contents of the image. In this case, a useful caption is the location where the photo was taken.

      Due to the HTML order, the <figcaption> content will display below the image, but next you will style it so that it overlays the image with a dark gradient to help make the text legible.

      Return to styles.css in your text editor. In order to create an overlay, a position: relative property value will need to be added to the figure selector. Then, create a figcaption element selector and add the following highlighted CSS:


      figure {
        margin: 2rem 0;
        position: relative;
      figcaption {
        position: absolute;
        bottom: 0;
        left: 0;
        right: 0;
        padding: 5rem 1rem 1rem;
        background: linear-gradient(to top, hsla(230, 40%, 5%, 0.95), hsla(230, 40%, 5%, 0));

      The figcaption styles set the container to overlay the bottom of the image with the position, bottom, right, and left properties. Next, the padding property is large on the top side with 5rem to give ample space for the gradient to spread above the text content, and the left, right, and bottom sides have a smaller 1rem spacing. Lastly, you create the gradient with the background property’s linear-gradient() value that transition’s a dark blue at 95% opacity up to the same color with 0% opacity. Together, this creates a shadowed edge at the bottom to contain the caption.

      Save your changes to styles.css and return to your browser to refresh the page. The gradient background of the <figcaption> shows up at the bottom of the image, but it overshoots the image on the bottom and right sides. The following image shows a close-up view of the difference between the image and the gradient:

      A misaligned dark blue gradient covering a photo on a dark blue-purple background.

      There are two different issues that cause this misalignment, which require two methods to adjust the styles and correct the issue.

      The first deals with how <img /> elements are treated as inline text by default. This extra space at the bottom is the line-height spacing that makes space between lines of text. There are two ways to adjust this, by either changing the line-height of the <figure> element or setting the <img> to have a display property set to block.

      The second issue is the difference in size between the image’s pixel-to-pixel dimensions and the max-width of the <main> element. Since the <figure> is a block element and the <figcaption> is set to span from the left edge to the right edge, it grows to fill a space larger than the image. The first way to fix this issue is to change the <img /> to have a width set to 100%. By setting this width the image will ignore the max-width: 100% default and instead fill the whole space. Note that this approach can cause image distortion depending on the difference in size. The second strategy to fix this is to change the <figure> to have a display property set to inline-block. This approach will cause the <figure> element’s size to shrink to fit its contents.

      Return to styles.css in the text editor and add the display approach for each issue. In the figure selector, add a display property set to a value of inline-block. Then, create a figure img descendant combinator selector with a display: block, as highlighted in the following code block:


      figure {
        margin: 2rem 0;
        position: relatve;
        display: inline-block;
      figure img {
        display: block;
      figcaption {

      Save your changes to styles.css and then refresh index.html in the web browser. The <figure> shrinks down to the natural size of the image and the image is no longer treated as text. The following image shows how this adjustment to the display properties is rendered:

      White monospace text above and below an inset image of a taxi in Tokyo at night with a gradient and descriptive text overlaying the image.

      In this section, you used the <figure> and <figcaption> elements. You learned about the default styles of the <figure> and <img /> elements and how to change them for a more controlled outcome. Lastly, you created a caption that overlays the image with contextual information about the photo. In the last section, you will work with styling the <picture> element using the object-fit and object-position properties.

      Using Responsive Image Swapping with <picture>

      When working with images across various screen sizes, there are times when the image isn’t the right size and needs to adapt to the layout. The <picture> element exists to meet this need by defining different images to display at different screen sizes. The images can then be more tightly controlled with the object-fit and object-position properties, which set how an image scales between the specific sizes.

      To begin working with the <picture> element, you will need a series of different-sized images of the same source image. Use the following curl command to download a zip archive of three images of the same aerial photo of Tokyo by Pawel Nolbert:

      • curl -sL -o images/

      Once the zip file finishes downloading, extract the content to your image folder. Run the following command in your prompt to place the files in the images directory:

      • unzip images/ -d ./images

      Now, open index.html in your text editor. First, you will create a <div> with a class attribute of hero between the opening <body> and <main> elements. Then add the remaining highlighted <picture> elements from the following code block:


        <div class="hero">
            <source  media="(min-width:70rem)" />
            <source  media="(min-width:40rem)" />
            <img class="hero-image" src="" alt="Time-lapse exposure of a city at night." />

      The <picture> element requires a specific structure consisting of as many <source /> elements as needed and one <img /> element as the last item inside. All the accessibility and styling of the <picture> element comes from the <img /> element, which is why the <img /> has a class and the <picture> does not.

      The <img /> is the default image that is used to start when there are no media query requirements. The <source /> elements define two things: the location of the image file with the srcset attribute, and the screen size scenario with the media attribute. The browser will then access and load the appropriate image for the stated screen size, swapping out the image if the size changes.

      Save your changes to index.html, then open the file in your web browser. The following animation depicts the browser swapping the images as the window grows in size:

      Animation depicting an image changing to new cropped versions of the image as the window size increases.

      As the screen size changes, the image size changes as well, causing the text below to be pushed further down the page. In order to create a consistent spacing between this hero image area and the content, height properties can be set to maintain a consistent size.

      Return to styles.css in your text editor. At the bottom of the page, create a class selector for .hero. In the selector block, add the highlighted CSS from the following code block:


      .hero {
        height: 80vh;
        max-height: 40rem;

      The height value set to 80vh means that the .hero container will at the least take up 80% of the browser’s screen height. Then the max-height property ensures that the .hero will not grow larger than 40rem, which is equivalent to 640 pixels tall.

      Save your changes to styles.css and refresh index.html in the browser. As the following animation illustrates, the text now maintains a consistent position. Meanwhile the visual distance between the image and content adjusts to the point that the image slides behind the text:

      Animation depicting shifting spacing between an image and the page content as the window size increases with the image and text, eventually overlapping.

      This overlap of the text and the image is a result of the browser erring on the side of content remaining visible, even if it goes beyond its ancestor’s container. A quick fix for this would be to apply an overflow: hidden on the .hero element, but that does not address the extra space when the image is scaled down smaller. To create a solution for both issues, the object-fit property can help by giving an image similar controls as a background image has with the background-size property.

      To begin working with object-fit, return to styles.css in your text editor. Since the <img /> element is the element that controls styling for a <picture> element, create a class selector for .hero-image and add the highlighted CSS from the following code block:


      .hero {
        height: 80vh;
        max-height: 40rem;
      .hero-image {
        height: 100%;
        width: 100%;
        object-fit: cover;

      In order to work with the object-fit property, the image needs to be able to grow both vertically and horizontally. By setting the height and width properties to 100%, you give the object-fit property full control of resizing the image. Without the object-fit property, the image would be squashed to fit the parent container. The cover value allows the image to be edge to edge either vertically or horizontally, depending on the orientation of the container. The object-fit property can accept the same values as the background-size property, including contain and dimension values.

      Save this new addition to styles.css and refresh index.html in your web browser. The following animation illustrates how the object-fit property allows the image to grow to fill the whole space of the .hero container and be hidden when it crosses the edge of the container, just like a background image:

      Animation depicting a defined spacing between image and text, where as the window size increases the image grows, and portions of the image are hidden as they grow beyond the bounds.

      Lastly, there is the object-position property. This works similarly to the background-position property to allow an image to be anchored to a specific area.

      Return to styles.css in your text editor and add an object-position property to the .hero-image selector. Set the value of the property to bottom right, which will anchor the image to the bottom right area as it resizes. The highlighted CSS in the following code block demonstrate how this is written:


      .hero-image {
        height: 100%;
        width: 100%;
        object-fit: cover;
        object-position: bottom right;

      Save this change to styles.css, then return to your browser and refresh index.html.

      This time as the browser width changes and the image scales, the scaling stems from the center of the container, as shown in the following animation:

      Animation depicting a defined spacing between image and text, where as the window size increases the image grows, and portions of the image are hidden as they grow beyond the bounds, anchored at the bottom right of the image.

      This section introduced you to the <picture> media elements, the object-fit property, and the object-position property. You used this combination of elements and properties to create a resizing and adjusting large image at the top of the page.


      With the techniques you practiced throughout this tutorial, you are now prepared to write styles that will format images to fit your design and layout. You created responsive images by setting a global max-width: 100% to all <img /> elements on the page. Next, you formatted an image caption to overlay the image and grow and shrink with the image. Then, you used the <picture> element along with the object-fit and object-position properties to swap and scale images to best fit the screen size. Using these strategies will help you solve more complex situations involving images and page layout.

      If you would like to read more CSS tutorials, try out the other tutorials in the How To Style HTML with CSS series.

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      Have you ever wanted to preconfigure your Droplet — DigitalOcean’s scalable virtual machine — before you deploy it? Do you want to use an operating system not currently available on DigitalOcean? Packer is a tool that allows you to build your own custom cloud images and deploy them.

      In this Tech Talk, we’ll use Packer and Ansible to build our own custom cloud image and deploy it to DigitalOcean.

      What You’ll Learn

      • How to build a custom cloud image using Packer
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      How to Fix 16 Common Image Issues in WordPress

      High-quality imagery can do wonders for your website. When used right, images can make your content highly engaging and easier to digest. More importantly, blog posts with images tend to rank better in search engines than those lacking visuals. Therefore, it’s essential to know how to use images on your site adequately.

      WordPress enables excellent flexibility when it comes to adding photos to pages and posts. You can format your images and arrange them within your content any way you wish. You can also make your site more visually appealing with features such as photo galleries, headers, and background images.

      If you want to learn more about using images on your WordPress site, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we’ll show you how to fix 16 common image issues in WordPress with clear, step-by-step instructions. Let’s get started!

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      1. How to Upload Images in WordPress

      To upload an image in a WordPress post or page, simply click on the black button with the plus symbol (in this post, we’ll refer to it as the Add Block button). This will ask you to choose a block to insert into your content.

      Select the Image button, and a block will appear.

      Uploading an image in WordPress.

      Next, click on the Upload button and select the image you want to add. Select Open, and then you’re done!

      2. How to Align an Image to the Left or Right

      When you select an image, a toolbar will appear above it. Click on the alignment button and choose Align left or Align right.

      Aligning an image in WordPress.

      As you can see, this toolbar also gives you other options as well. This includes replacing the image and adding a link to it.

      3. How to Add Captions Below Images

      To add a caption, simply click on your image, and you’ll see the option to write something below.

      Writing an image caption in WordPress.

      Note that you’ll also get a few styling options for your caption. You can link to another page by clicking on the third button in the caption toolbar.

      4. How to Display Images in Columns and Rows

      If you want to display images in columns and rows, you can click on the Add Block button and select Gallery from the options. Next, click on Upload in the gallery block, and then select the images you want to add and choose Open.

      Adding an image gallery in WordPress.

      Once your images have been uploaded, you’ll be able to move them around. To do this, you can click on an image and use the arrow buttons. You’ll also see an option to write a caption for your images and the gallery.

      5. How to Create Responsive Image Galleries

      The default WordPress gallery is very basic. If you use your site to showcase your photography, you might want to consider adding a plugin that lets you build and customize your own image galleries.

      For beautiful responsive galleries, we recommend using the Envira Gallery plugin. After installing and activating the plugin, navigate to Envira Gallery > Add New. There you can create your first gallery, which you can then insert into your posts by selecting the Envira Gallery block.

      The Envira Gallery settings page.

      You can start by uploading some photos to your gallery and then clicking on Config to select the number of columns, set the lazy loading delay, and use the other available features.

      Adding an Envira Gallery in WordPress.

      Remember to name your galleries. This way, you’ll be able to find them more easily when adding them to your posts.

      6. How to Set Featured Images for Posts

      WordPress lets you select a featured image for your posts. This image will be attributed to your post when it appears in your blog feed. Without a featured image, your post will have a missing thumbnail image. A post thumbnail is a reduced-size picture that appears on your blog’s homepage to help users sort through and identify relevant content.

      To set a featured image, head to the sidebar on the right, select the Post tab, and navigate to the Featured image section.

      Setting a featured image in WordPress.

      Next, click on Set featured image and upload your image file. Alternatively, you can choose an image that is already uploaded to your site by clicking on the Media Library tab.

      7. How to Add Cover Images in Posts and Pages

      If you’re writing a long post, you might want to add a wide cover image between different sections so that your content is more digestible. To add a cover image, start by clicking on the Add Block button and typing “cover” into the search bar.

      Once you select the Cover button, the block will appear. Click on Upload to add an image from your computer, or select Media Library to choose an image you’ve already uploaded to your site.

      Adding a cover image in a WordPress post.

      If you want to make some changes to the cover image, you can use the options in the tool section in the post.

      8. How to Fix the Featured Image Appearing Twice

      Some WordPress themes display the featured images at the top of published posts. This image will not be visible in your post when using the content editor.

      Therefore, you might think you have to insert it into your content in addition to setting it as the featured image (as shown in step six). If you do this, you’ll get the same image twice in your live post.

      Fixing a featured image appearing twice issue.

      To fix the multiple images problem, simply delete the image from the post editor. Then you can just use the one you selected in the Set featured image box.

      9. How to Crop Images

      WordPress offers some basic photo editing features. To edit a photo, you can go to your WordPress dashboard and navigate to Media > Library. After you select the image, a window will pop up.

      Cropping images manually in WordPress.

      Click on the Edit Image button below the image, and you’ll be taken to a page with editing tools. Select the Crop button at the top, and drag the corners of the box to crop the image to your liking.

      Alternatively, you can change the image size by entering the dimensions and aspect ratio in the right sidebar.

      Cropping images in WordPress.

      At the top, you can find options to rotate and flip the image. Once you’ve finished editing your photo, click on Save. Note that the changes will be applied to the original photo.

      10. How to Add Header Images

      Some WordPress themes feature header images. To change the default header image, go to your dashboard and navigate to Appearance > Customize.

      On the customization page, click on Header Image. If you can’t see this option in the menu, it means that your current theme does not support header images.

      Changing the header of a WordPress theme.

      On the Header Image page, select Add new image to replace the default image in your header.

      Changing the header of your WordPress site.

      When you’re done, you can click on the Publish button at the top of the screen. This will save your changes.

      11. How to Add Background Images

      Your WordPress theme might also come with support for background images. To set a one, access the theme’s customization page by navigating to Appearance > Customize from your WordPress dashboard.

      Next, click on Colors. Locate Body Background and click on Select image.

      Changing the background of your WordPress site.

      When you set your background image, you’ll get some options for adjusting the preset and image position. Remember to save your changes before exiting.

      12. How to Find Free Images for Your WordPress Site

      When sourcing images for your posts and pages, we recommend accessing free stock photo sites to avoid copyright infringement. Several sites offer royalty-free images, including Pixabay, UnsplashFlickr Creative Commons, and Pexels.

      A site offering free stock photos.

      The images available on these sites are free to use. However, it’s always a good idea to credit the photographer or artist with a link in the image caption.

      13. How to Tag Images

      Tags make it easier to organize and filter photos on your site. However, WordPress currently does not offer an image tagging feature. Therefore, you might want to download a plugin that lets you sort your images with categories and tags.

      For categorizing and tagging images, we recommend using the Media Library Assistant plugin. Start by installing and activating the plugin, and then head to Media > Library.

      You can see all the photos you’ve uploaded to your WordPress site on the Media Library page. Click on the list view button at the top, then find the photo you want to tag and click on Edit.

      The WordPress Media Library.

      On the Edit Media page, find the Att. Categories and Att. Tags sections on the right-hand side, and start adding categories and tags to your image.

      Tagging images in WordPress.

      You can also rename your image on this page, write a caption, and add alternative text. When you’re done, click on the Update button on the right to save your changes.

      14. How to Import External Images to WordPress

      To import external images to WordPress, you’ll need to access your old website’s files directly using a Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) tool such as FileZilla. Locate your site’s root directory, and then go to wp-content/uploads.

      Accessing the WordPress uploads folder.

      There, you’ll find the media files that you’ve uploaded to your site. Download them to a secure location, and then log into your new WordPress site. Navigate to wp-content/uploads again, and copy over your media files.

      You may still encounter image-related errors after doing this since your image URLs may be pointing back to your old site. If that’s the case, you’ll need to go through and update your image URLs so they point to your new site instead, which can be a time-consuming process.

      To avoid that problem, we recommend using a plugin such as Duplicator to move your website between domains or web hosts. You may also benefit from reaching out to your new host for assistance to make sure everything on your site gets transferred over properly.

      15. How to Require a Featured Image in Your Posts

      If your site has multiple authors, you might want to set a reminder for everyone to select a featured image before publishing a post. To do this, you’ll need to add some custom code to your site.

      Before getting started, we recommend backing up your site and creating a child theme. Then you can add the following code at the end of your theme’s functions.php file:

      * Require a featured image to be set before a post can be published.
      add_filter( 'wp_insert_post_data', function ( $data, $postarr ) {
      $post_id              = $postarr['ID'];
      $post_status          = $data['post_status'];
      $original_post_status = $postarr['original_post_status'];
      if ( $post_id && 'publish' === $post_status && 'publish' !== $original_post_status ) {
      $post_type = get_post_type( $post_id );
      if ( post_type_supports( $post_type, 'thumbnail' ) && ! has_post_thumbnail( $post_id ) ) {
      $data['post_status'] = 'draft';
      return $data;
      }, 10, 2 );
      add_action( 'admin_notices', function () {
      $post = get_post();
      if ( 'publish' !== get_post_status( $post->ID ) && ! has_post_thumbnail( $post->ID ) ) { ?>
      <div id="message" class="error">
      <strong><?php _e( 'Please set a Featured Image. This post cannot be published without one.' ); ?></strong>
      } );

      Save your changes, and users will be required to add featured images to all post types that support them.

      16. How to Set a Default Featured Image

      If you want to set a default featured image for those occasions when you can’t find the right photo, the Default Featured Image plugin is a handy tool to have. It lets you choose a photo that will automatically appear as the featured image for posts published without one.

      After installing and activating the plugin, navigate to Settings > Media in your dashboard.

      Using the Default Featured Image plugin.

      Click on the Select default feature image button and choose your photo. Finally, hit Save Changes at the bottom of the page.

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      Additional WordPress Resources

      If you’re new to WordPress, you may run into some common issues while working with images and other content. To help you navigate any WordPress problem you encounter, we’ve put together several how-to guides:

      If you’re looking for more WordPress tips and hacks, check out our WordPress Tutorials. This collection of guides will help you set up and design your first WordPress site.

      Now You Can Fix That Common Image Issue

      Images can improve your site’s User Experience (UX) and increase the visibility of your content in search engine results. Therefore, it’s important to know how to use photos to engage readers with your content.

      Fortunately, WordPress makes it easy to upload and manage photos on your site. It lets you crop and customize images, as well as create beautiful photo galleries and headers to make your pages more interesting.

      If your business relies on high-quality imagery, you might want to consider using a web hosting service that offers full WordPress support. Our DreamPress plans are perfect for site owners who want to focus on growing their businesses and spend less time troubleshooting errors in WordPress.

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