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How to Add an Image in the WordPress Sidebar Widget: 4 Simple Ways

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Are you looking to add an image to your WordPress site in the sidebar? WordPress has methods to easily upload images including into widgets and we will walk you through few methods to add the image to your site. In this video, we will show you how to add an image in the WordPress sidebar widget.


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For the first method, we will use the built-in image widget. You can set the title then click the add image button to have the choice of using an image from your media library or upload an entirely new image. You will even have the option to add a link to the image to point wherever you would like.

For a second method, you could use a text widget and click the add media button to add the image as you would with a page or post and have the option to add additional text to the widget that does not require it to be connected specifically to your image in the sidebar.

The third method is to use the Custom HTML widget. Start by going to your media library and copying the location of the image. Next, add the widget and include the img tag with the src and alt attributes. Add the location of the image for the src and a description of the image for the alt.

With the fourth method, we will be using an image widget plugin found here:

If you do not know how to install a plugin, take a look at our article:

Once activated it will add a new widget called Image Widget that you can add to your widget area. Click the Select Image button to upload or choose the image and be sure to insert the image to your sidebar using the Insert to Widget button. The plugin also allows a link, link title, link ID, alt text, image size, and a caption compared to the normal image widget.

As with all of the methods you would want to ensure you save the widget for it to appear on your site.

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Mazi has nine years of web development experience with the past five years spent honing his skills with WordPress plugins and themes. He's an expert in WooCommerce and is the author of the Simple Sales Tax plugin, a popular sales tax compliance solution for WooCommerce. Brett understands the importance of excellent communication, prides himself on producing high-quality code, and is comfortable working solo or as part of a team.

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