Add media to a post

Adding Media to Pages and Posts

A number of different media formats can be uploaded to WordPress MU including PDFs, Docs, PPTs, and images. This media can be inserted into pages and posts in your site. The following guide will assist you in adding content to your site.

  • Create a new page by clicking on Pages in the sidebar
  • To add media to a page, scroll to the area above the Formatting Menu and select the Add Media icon
  • From the Add Media Window, drag and drop files from your desktop or click on Select Files
  • Choose the image, document or audio file to upload and click Open
  1. Once the upload is complete, give the media a title, a caption and description (optional), alternative text (accessibility) and click Insert Into Post. If the file is an image it will appear in their post. If the file is a PowerPoint, PDF or Document it will appear as a hyperlink
  2. Click Update on the right-hand sidebar to publish your revised page
  3. Click on View Page to return to the site and view the changes

Add files to your post/page via the Upload/Insert Media above your Formatting Menu.

Embedding Content from External Sites

The Web is full of rich and diverse content such as photos, videos and music. One of the primary characteristics of the modern web is the ability to easily share media with others. Sharing can be facilitated by embedding or placing resources such as photos and videos into your pages or blog posts.

Look out for the </Embed> or Grab Code links or buttons on websites such as Flickr or YouTube. You only need to copy the HTML code they provide and paste into a post or page while in HTML View.


When using content shared online, everyone is required to be aware and respectful of the original creator’s copyright. Some works are available for reuse such as those licensed Creative Commons while others are not. The following are some best practices and resources when it comes to copyright:

  • Best Practices
    • Ask permission from the creator, include where you are from and what you are using the content for.
    • Search for works with open licenses such as Creative Commons or Public Domain
    • Attribute the work to the original creator
    • Provide a link or link back to the original source

For a more comprehensive list of ways to find open resources (e.g. audio, video, images, artwork), see Find OER by Paul Stacey, Director of Creative Commons Canada

See also, “Can I use this? Selecting images for your website”:

Content derived from UBC Wiki.

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