HERE’S HOW TO ADD APPROPRIATE INFORMATION TO A PHOTO UPLOADED INTO A WORPDRESS WEBSITE … as you upload each picture, there are various sections that you can change, add useful information to and improve to maximise your websites searchability.
Title = (defaults to the name of the image file) This is generally the name given to the file before it’s uploaded, often something like IMG2400.jpg. I like to change my photo file names (prior to uploading them) to something that relates specifically to the actual picture itself, which then gives my website a greater change to be found in google image searches.
Alternate Text = (useful) you can add a short description of your picture here for people who are browsing the net without pictures AND to help google index the image properly.
Caption = (a good idea) Add the description you want shown on the page of your website here. It will be displayed underneath each picture.
Description = (optional) The description is usually only meant for search engines and will appear in the source code of your website. It may not be worth creating a description for your image as google tends to index by using a phrase from the page your pictures is embedded on OR the alternate text itself.
Link URL/File URL/Post URL – This is the link to the actual file in your website uploads folder or to the page it is embedded on. If I want it to be a downloadable file, I select File URL. If I want it to be attached to a page so people can comment on it, I choose Post URL. Most often I just choose NONE.
Alignment– None, Left, Center, Right. You choose. Sometimes this option doesn’t work in certain themes, but try it sand see how you go.
Size – The default of all images uploaded in wordpress are 150 X 150 thumbnail, 300 X 300 medium and 1024 X 1024 maximum. I usually change these to suit the page width in each website theme I’ve used. For example, the maximum embed size on this page is 520 pixels. See How To Change The Default Media Upload Size to find out how it’s done.