Navigate to the Media Library
Log in to your WordPress dashboard.
Once you’re logged in, you’ll see the WordPress dashboard. On the left-hand side of the screen, look for the “Media” menu item. Hover your cursor over “Media” and click on “Library”.
Upload an Image
The Media Library is where you can view and manage all of the images and media files currently on your website. Before uploading a new image, it’s essential to optimise it for the web. Optimising images means compressing their file size without losing significant visual quality. Benefits of optimising images include:
- Faster page loading times: Smaller file sizes result in quicker loading times, providing a better user experience for your visitors.
- Improved SEO: Search engines prefer faster-loading websites, and optimised images can improve your site’s search engine rankings.
- Reduced bandwidth consumption: Smaller image files consume less bandwidth, which is beneficial for users with limited data plans and helps you reduce server usage.
To learn more about image optimisation, check out our comprehensive guide on how to optimise images for your website. This article covers various online tools and plugins that can help you optimise your images effectively.
After optimising your image, proceed to upload it to the Media Library. To do this, click the “Add New” button at the top of the page.
Now, you can either drag and drop the optimised image file from your computer into the upload area or click on “Select Files” to browse your computer and choose the optimised image file to upload.
Add ALT Text
After the image has been uploaded, click on its thumbnail in the Media Library to open its details. On the right-hand side, you’ll see a section called “Attachment Details.”
Locate the “Alt Text” field and enter a brief, descriptive text that represents the content of your image. This text is used by screen readers for people with visual impairments, making your website more accessible. Additionally, adding ALT text helps with SEO since search engines use it to understand the context of your image.
Ensure the ALT text is concise, relevant, and includes important keywords related to your content. For instance, if you’ve uploaded an image of a chocolate cake, a suitable ALT text could be “Homemade chocolate cake with chocolate ganache.”
Update Image Details
While you’re in the “Attachment Details” section, you can also update other information about your image, such as the title, caption, and description. Once you’ve finished, click the “Update” button to save your changes.
By following these steps, you’ve effectively uploaded an optimised image to your WordPress Media Library and incorporated ALT text for enhanced accessibility. Optimising your images and adhering to the recommended resolution not only provides a better experience for your website visitors but also bolsters your search engine rankings. Keep in mind that making your website accessible is advantageous for both your visitors and search engine performance. By adhering to these straightforward steps, you can effortlessly manage your website’s images, creating a more captivating and inclusive online presence for users of all abilities.
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