How to Post a Picture to your WordPress Sidebar

There can be kind of a steep learning curve using WordPress. I know that when I first started blogging, I would spend a long time trying to get things to work, going back, and trying other things. So, I’m putting this out there in case anyone has an issue with posting images to the sidebar of their blog. I’ve included step-by-step pictures.Step 1

Step 1: 

First of all, the image you want to use has to be in your WordPress Media Library.

So, go to your Dashboard and click on Media, and then Add New.









Step 2:

Click Select Files and choose the picture file you want to use from your computer.

Step 2


Step 3:

Once the file is uploaded, it will appear as a thumbnail and a description on the bottom of the screen. I chose a picture of a Basset hound pup and a baby rabbit. Click on the Edit button next to it.

Step 3

Step 4:

This will bring up the picture and its information on the right-hand side of the screen. Copy the entire File URL, making sure it ends with .jpg/.png/.gif or some file extension like that.

Step 4

Step 5:

On the left side of the screen, hover over Appearance, and then click on Widgets.


Step 5

Step 6:

Under the Widgets tab is a long list of various types of things you can put in the sidebar. The right-hand side of the screen shows what is already in your sidebar, in order. Find Image, down near the bottom of the list, and drag it to the place you’d like it on your sidebar. For this demonstration, I put mine last, underneath Blogs I like to read.

Once it is in place, a box will open up. First of all, paste the File URL we copied in Step 4 into the box marked Image URL.

Step 6

Step 7:

From here, you can fill in a Widget title and picture caption , if you’d like. At the bottom in the section marked Link URL. Many people use this to go to or some other bookseller, if they put up a picture of their book cover (like I did with my short story Giselle). For my demonstration, I put in the URL to a Chinese comic site I like to read.

After this, click Save, then Close and everything is done. Now you can see the cute picture on the right side of my screen and click on it to go read some Chinese comics.

Step 7

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12 responses to “How to Post a Picture to your WordPress Sidebar

  • Joyce

    I also would have a difficult time of doing the media images when wanting to get a certain one up on my site, but one of most complicated features I had trouble with was working the menu items to get it all in a certain format and order. That was the most frustrating one for me to work with. But, all of them can take some practice before getting it all down the way one wants.

  • Amy Reese

    I think I did it some other weird way. Great info! Thanks, David.

  • Eric Alagan

    You’re right, when I first started with WP in late 2011 – the stairs were steep. I found the WP Tutorials pretty useful.

    But sometimes there are software glitches – and these stump but also disappear – just like that!

    All good wishes,

  • Sharmishtha Basu

    Thanks a million times david, i have asked quite a few people but none told me how to add one in the sidebar.

    I will certainly try to use one or two… God bless your generous heart!

  • Susannah Bianchi

    I’m going to tackle this…how generous are you to go to all this trouble. I really don’t know what to say, but thanks David. You’re a pal.

  • Susannah Bianchi

    Been here for an hour…followed your directions to a T but it still doesn’t appear. I’m thinking perhaps the file is too big. Even with your explicit step by step instructions, I still can’t do it. Is the bar open yet?

    • David Stewart

      Not sure why it’s not working but I feel your pain. Yesterday I was using GIMP for the first time to create a book cover. I don’t know what I was doing wrong but it kept not doing what I wanted at a certain point. They say it’s almost as good as Photoshop so it must have been me. Computers can be extremely frustrating at times.

  • Susannah Bianchi

    It’s your cyber student deserving a D as in dumb. I got the image off of Amazon thinking mine was too big, and I believe it was because it let me do everything but rather than the image it said on my Home Page, configure your widget image into widget area. I’m lost there Dave.

    Ugh…hope you’re well. Raining here in New Yawk.

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