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WordPress Image Widget

You can easily add images to the widget areas of your theme using the image widget. This is an elegant way to break the sequential stacking of text link blocks in the sidebar.

This widget was a part of the Jetpack widgets previously known as Image (Jetpack). Now the earlier Jetpack Image widgets are automatically converted to use the built-in Image widget so no activation is required to use it:

The Image widget in widgets panel

Go to Appearance > Widgets in your WordPress Dashboard. Drag the Image widget into one of your active sidebars and click on Add Image:

The Image widget in the active sidebar

You can input an image either from the Media library or image URL. If you choose to insert a URL make sure the URL points to the image and not to the page, that contains the image. The image URL ends with an image file extension like .jpg or .png.

Input an image in the widget

In a series of articles, we mentioned that various scripts are working to analyze and categorize any information about each web page.

WordPress automatically creates an image attachment page where you can add/edit image title, caption, description and alt tag (read more about WordPress Media library

Do not underestimate these options because they add value to your pages which will result in more accurate indexing and better ranking.

The benefit of an image, especially in a sidebar, is negligible if it does not lead to another page. Therefore, when selecting an image from the media library, select the custom URL option in the Attachment Display Settings section.

Assign to the image custom URL option

Use the Visibility option if you want the image to appear only on certain pages and click Save:

The finished Image widget panel

Refresh your browser to see the image in your sidebar:

The Image in the sidebar

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