How to Add Caption to Images in WordPress

Even a photo might be misleading at times, which is why WordPress allows you to add a description to any image. You can use a caption to add more information to an image or to better describe what’s going on in it.

A caption is a short text that displays beneath an image to provide further context or source attribution. Image captions may appear insignificant. But, they can attract readers’ attention even more than the standard text in your material. Some experts suggest placing 2-3 sentence subtitles beneath essential photos.

As a result, paying attention to captions on your WordPress site makes sense. We’ll discuss how to add a caption to images in WordPress in this article.

Why Should You Add Captions in Your WordPress Images?

Captions are useful tools for describing what’s happening in an image or photo on your website. Some content creators will only use them as a title, while others will use them to describe their work. As a content developer, it’s entirely up to you.

In WordPress, you can perform a few things with captions:

Graphic Description

The most common use of a caption is to describe what is happening in an image. This is how most blogs use captions, and it’s also how newspapers and magazines use them. You can avoid the photo being taken out of context by describing what’s going on in it. And it’s more critical than ever in 2021. This could be the acts in the image, the location where you took the picture, the image’s title, or something else different. In this aspect, you have entire autonomy.

The Image’s Date and Time.

When you took a photo is an important piece of information for some websites. Also, the caption is a great location to share this information with visitors. When demonstrating the impact of a tropical hurricane, for example, you might wish to show the before and after photographs.

As a result, the date of the street a week ago and the day following the storm can be displayed. It also lends credibility to your photographs.

The Photograph’s Ownership

Copyright licenses are one of the most popular reasons for using a caption. Or, to put it another way, to give credit to the photographer who captured it. You can find these captions in publications, newspapers, and even prominent blogs.

This type of information can help you avoid copyright concerns. It also ensures that the photographer receives the credit they deserve. But, even if you offer credit, you must still give credit where credit is due.

In WordPress how to Add Captions to Images?

WP has the ability to easily add a caption and other metadata to each image, such as title and alternative text.

Add Captions to Images In WordPress

The first step is to add an image to your profile. Next, select the ‘Image’ block from the ‘Add Block’ icon on the post edit screen.

Wordpress Image

It will add the Image block to your post area once you click on it.

Wordpress Post

You can now select and upload an image from your computer to WordPress by clicking the upload button. By clicking the media library icon, you may also choose an image uploaded earlier.

When you add a picture to the editor, it will appear with a text box titled “Write caption…” below it.

This is where you may give your image a caption.

Wordpress Image Caption

When you’re finished, click the publish or update button to save your content.

Add Captions to your Gallery Images

A Gallery block is also included in the WordPress editor. It allows you to upload many photos and display them in a grid style with rows and columns.

Let’s look at how to add captions to photographs in a gallery block in WordPress.

To make a gallery, navigate to the edit screen for your page or post. Then, click the ‘Add Block’ icon on the Common Blocks tab and select the ‘Gallery’ block.

Wordpress Gallery

It will then add the Gallery block to your page/post section. You can now upload images one by one from your PC or choose from your media library’s pre-uploaded images.

Image Showing Media Library

If you upload images one at a time, you can add a caption after each one is complete. When you upload an image, simply click on it to bring up the ‘Write caption…’ section. By clicking on it, you can add a caption.

Image Showing write caption...

You can add a caption to your pictures from the image information part on the right if you use pre-added images from the library. You don’t need to provide a caption if the photographs already have one.

Image is about to select images

Add Captions to Images in WordPress Media Library

WP allows you to upload photos straight to the media library without embed a picture in a post or page.

To begin, go to the WordPress admin area’s Media » Add New page.

Images is about to upload media files

You may either drag and drop or select an image from your computer to upload from here.

When you’re finished, look underneath the Upload New Media box to view the image you just posted. You must select the ‘Edit’ option.

Image is about to edit

In a new tab, it will launch the edit media page. The edit media screen may resemble the post edit screen. This is because WordPress considers an attachment (such as a picture) to be a default post type.

This enables it to keep image metadata in the WP database, such as title, description, and caption.

You can change the title of your image and add image metadata. Such as caption, alternative text, and description from this screen.

Image showing the caption

You can update your image once you’ve added all the relevant details. This image metadata has been saved to your media collection.

You can use this image in as many posts as you want without repeating the caption and information. When you upload this image from the media library to your post, it already has the metadata preserved.

Image showing upload media and caption

Using Old Classic Editor to Add a Caption to Images in WordPress

If your WP site still uses the old Classic Editor, this is how you would add captions to photos in WordPress.

To upload an image or choose one from the media library, click the Add Media button above the post editor.

Image showing Add Media

After submitting the image, you can add metadata to it, such as a title, alt text, and a caption.

Image showing submitted media

To add the image to your post or page, click the ‘Insert Into Post’ button.

In your post editor, you’ll now see a preview of the image with the caption. You can save your changes and preview the post on your live site to see how it will appear.

Image Showing the preview post

Edit the caption for an image that already exists

We showed you how to add a caption to a new image that you place into your WordPress content in the previous section. But what if you want to change the caption on an existing image or add a caption to the one you’ve previously included in your content?

your WordPress content in the previous section. But what if you want to change the caption on an existing image or add a caption to the one you’ve included earlier in your content?

To do so, follow these steps:

  • To update or add a caption to an existing image, click on it.
  • To edit the image, click the Pencil icon.

Image showing to edit the post

  • In the Caption box, type your chosen caption.
  • After that, click Update.

Image is about to write caption in image and update

If you need to edit the caption for an image that already has one, change the caption’s text in the WP editor as you would any other piece of text:

Image showing caption below image

This last option only works if you’re editing the caption for an image to which you’ve already added one.

Change ‘How WordPress Captions Look’

By default, the captions on your site are controlled by the WordPress theme you’ve chosen. As a result, if you wish to change how your theme’s default functionality looks, you’ll need to use custom CSS.

With that in mind, Picture Caption Hover is a popular free plugin. It allows you to show image captions using 200+ different CSS3 hover effects.

You cannot change the static display of your image captions using this plugin. It’s a free option that provides you a lot of control if you’re happy to only show image captions when a user hovers over one of your images.

To use the plugin to add captions to your images. First, use the caption builder to choose your hover effect and provide details for your caption. Then, wherever on your WP site, you can use the provided shortcode to insert your image and caption:

Image showing the image caption hover

You’ll see your new caption hover effect on the front-end of your site once you add the shortcode for the image you made with the plugin:

Its showing shortcode of image

Display Caption on WordPress Featured Image

Most WordPress themes don’t display a caption beneath your featured image by default. But, you might need to include a caption there on occasion. Especially if you need to give credit to the image you used in your featured image.

The free Featured Image Caption plugin is designed to work with all WordPress themes. You can also use it to display a caption beneath your featured image.

After you’ve installed and activated the plugin. You’ll see a new Featured Image Caption box in the WordPress editor’s sidebar:

Adding Feature image caption

Conclusion

Captions are useful tools for providing information to your audience that the image alone cannot deliver. It includes:

  • A title
  • The place where you took the photo
  • The time when you took the photo
  • Crediting the source
  • A description of the photograph
  • Anything else you can think of

They’re a terrific addition to any website trying to establish a photo gallery or magazine, and they’re a must-have.

We hope this post was helpful in adding caption text to your WordPress images.

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