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The Simple Way To Add An Image To Your WordPress Sidebar

A few people have asked me recently how to add an image to their sidebar in WordPress.

For example, in the sidebar of this site there’s a square banner ad for a free audio of mine. How did I add that to the sidebar?

Basically, you follow these steps:

  1. From your WP Dashboard, click on the Widgets link (on the left, under Appearance)
  2. Add a Text widget by dragging the Text button from the left over to the right of your screen, then position it where you’d like it displayed
  3. Click on Edit (bottom right of that Text widget)
  4. The Text widget expands and you can paste your *HTML code for your image in there then click on Done on the bottom left of that Text box
  5. Remember to click on the Save button, at the bottom of the sidebar widgets

*Now I know I probably lost a few people when I said to paste the HTML code for your image, right? You probably don’t have HTML code for it. You’ve just got a .jpg image sitting on your hard drive.

You can do this by various techniques, but the easiest way, especially if you’re not that clued up on your FTP processes, is to do this:

  • BEFORE you start to add the image to your sidebar, create a new post and add your image to it, as though you were simply including your image in a blog post.
  • Then click on the HTML tab and copy all the text (Control + A will copy all) You can paste this into a text document for now if you like, just so you’ve got a copy of it.
  • Then you can delete this post – you don’t need it any more. Or save it as a draft in case you want to come back and make changes, then delete the draft when you’re finished.
  • Now, follow the steps above and when it says to paste your HTML code, you’ve got yours all ready to go  🙂

If you want to add a combination of text and an image you may find it easier to write the text and upload the image (and resize if necessary) within your draft post. Then copy the HTML code for that whole text/image combo and paste it into your sidebar’s Text widget.