After releasing that guide, I remembered we had a couple business clients that were using the keyboard backspace key to delete and then recreate the gallery to edit it. Once I showed them the correct way, they were thankful to say the least!
Editing an image gallery is quick and easy to accomplish once you realize how it is done.
In the Edit Post screen, locate the image gallery in the post and then click on it to reveal what I am highlighting above in my screenshot.
After the click, you can then click the little pencil edit icon and make changes to your gallery. This will make a full screen edit window appear with options as shown below.
In the edit window, you can change the captions, Add to Gallery, rearrange the order of images (click and drag) and on the right side, change your Gallery Settings. If you don’t like using the ## column you set (or it looks bad on the front end), you can change the value, change how the images are linked and all of the other settings you set when creating the gallery.
Everything that you can do to create a gallery can be done when editing your gallery as well.
Hopefully this will save you heaps of time and effort in the future when you need to change a WordPress gallery within your posts!
There’s two ways you can delete your image gallery and remove it from your WordPress post.
Once your gallery is deleted from your post and you save, the gallery will no longer appear in your post.
If the images used in your gallery aren’t going to be used in the future and you know the images aren’t used in your other posts, after saving your changes to your post, click the Media button in your dashboard.
Once your are in the Media Library, use the Bulk Select button as shown above. This will allow you to select the media files you want to delete permanently.
Select the media files then click the blue Delete Selected button to delete the images. Clean up completed!
In this WordPress Guide, you will learn how to add images to the majority of your WordPress content using the WordPress visual editor. We will cover various methods you can use to add images to your content. The process is extremely simple and straight forward.
Once the image is dragged to your WordPress editor, you should see what we are showing in our screenshot with a message to Drop files to upload. Once you release the click on your mouse, WordPress will upload the image to your Media Library.
Add your title, alt text, caption and alignment settings then click Insert into post.
Another popular method that people continue to use (including me) is to use the Add Media button. The process is very similar to the drag and drop method.
One advantage to using this method is an upload is not required if you already have a suitable image uploaded already. You can select the image, customize the description and then Insert into post.
Or, if you already have an image ready to be used, click the Media Library tab and click the image you want to use in the post. If you already have thousands of images, you can also use the search function to find the image.
Now that WordPress has been upgraded to include native galleries, you no longer need a plugin. Here’s how to add an image gallery into your posts.
Regarding customizing your gallery appearance in step 6, on that screen you can drag and drop the images to change the order of appearance. On the right under Gallery Settings, you can choose how you want the media to appear in your post, how many columns, randomize order and the image size you want to use.
Here’s some recommended settings:
The actual appearance of your gallery will depend on the theme you are using. With Thrive Themes, here’s a live example of how the gallery appears which adds a really neat carousel effect when clicking on an image.
Image credits for these images are available here.
Afterwards, you can click the gallery within your WordPress editor and click the pencil icon to edit the gallery if needed.
Make sure you have copyright permission to use images in your posts.
Consider optimizing your image sizes. If you are running a photography blog, then by all means use the full high-resolution images, but if you are running a standard site with traditional images, resize the images to fit your content. It makes no sense to upload an image that is 4,000px wide when your content area can only fit a 750px width image. This will help drastically reduce download times on your pages.
If you are uploading a JPG or PNG, consider using a web service like TinyPNG or using an image optimization plugin. Anything you can do to speed up page loading times on image-heavy pages will help the overall user experience and potentially help you rank higher in search engine indexes.
Don’t add images “just because.” Your ultimate goal should be helping the user with the topic you are writing about. Consider using images to help the user visually understand what you are referencing in your content. In our case, this post includes multiple screenshots with arrows to help you through the process of adding an image along with an example image gallery so you can see one in action.