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Unable To Upload Image In WordPress

This doesn’t seem to be a very common problem, but if it happens to you it can be very annoying!

Sometimes, when trying to upload an image to a WordPress post or page, you may get an error message that says, “Are you sure you want to do this? Please try again”.

If you click on the “Please try again” link you just get taken back to the main dashboard, but within the pop-up box where you would usually choose your image.

The most likely cause for this is an incompatible plug-in.

To find which one and correct this problem, first … did you recently upload or update a particular plug-in just before you starting seeing this error? If so, deactivate that plug-in and then try to upload an image again. If you can now upload images again, that plug-in was causing the problem.

However if you’re not sure which plug-in is at fault, deactivate all of your plug-ins. Now try to upload an image and you should find it uploads just fine.

So now go back to your plug-ins page and activate one plug-in. Try uploading an image again. Did it work?

If yes, that’s great. Now activate a second plug-in, then try uploading an image again.

Keep going through this process until all of your plug-ins that you want activated are active, except for at least one that, when activated again, will cause that image upload error. When you find that plug-in, either delete it or leave it deactivated.

You may find it helpful to have two tabs open in your web browser – one on the plug-ins page and another on a draft post/page where you can test uploading images.

I hope this fixes your images upload issue.  🙂

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.

Simple!