New to Wordpress: How do I...

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I'm very new to building websites and WP in general. What I need to know right now is how can I put a picture on the 'sidebar' somewhere? For instance, I want to do an 'about me' type of page, but can't figure out how to get a picture there under it. Also, does the theme I'm using make the picture a certain size or do I have to do that manually?

Here's an example of what I want: www.groomweddingspeech.org

The sidebar has a nice picture. Underneath it, as well, there's a link to the product. I'd like to do something like that too.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Piteo
    Here ya go...
    • First upload the picture into a folder on your server. You can call that folder "images" or whatever you want.
    • Next you'll need to go to your WordPress Admin area (Dashboard) then under Appearance click the Widgets link.
    • Now drag a Text Widget to your sidebar.
    • Add this code to the Text Widget
      HTML Code:
      <img src="images/NameOfYourPicture.jpg">
      Of course you'll want to use the real name of your picture.
    • The code will pull in your picture and now you can write whatever you want below the code. Click "Save" and the picture and whatever you've written below it should appear in the sidebar.

    There is also another way to do this without messing with any code. I show you this in my WordPress video course below.
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  • Profile picture of the author Leslie B
    the correct code is <img src="linktoyourimage">

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  • Profile picture of the author GCostanza
    So if the image is a .jpg I still do imagename.php?

    Or did I miss something here?
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    • Profile picture of the author John Piteo
      Originally Posted by GCostanza View Post

      So if the image is a .jpg I still do imagename.php?

      Or did I miss something here?
      Sorry, I meant to put .jpg at the end, not php.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ross Dalangin
    Here's the code <a href="linktoyouraboutpage" border="0"><img src="linktoyourimage.jpg"></a>
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  • Profile picture of the author MervikHaums
    First check your sidebar's width and length or make the picture in suitable measures. Then go like

    <center> ((only if you wanna put the picture centered))
    <a href="put-the-url" title="" target="_blank"> ((use target only if you wish the click should open a new window))
    <img src="put-the-image-url" alt="put-the-keyword-if-any" />
    </a>
    </center>

    Thats it.
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  • Profile picture of the author NewbiesDiary
    no - if your image file is a png, then use .png, if it's a gif use .gif.

    If you want the image to link to your about page - then here's the code...

    <a href="http://mysite.com/about/"><img border="0" alt="Discover More About Me" src="http://mysite.com/images.png"></a>
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  • Profile picture of the author NewbiesDiary
    haha we all posted at once - isn't WF just the most helpful place!!
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    • Profile picture of the author MervikHaums
      Originally Posted by NewbiesDiary View Post

      haha we all posted at once - isn't WF just the most helpful place!!
      ha ha!! yeah, its true.
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  • Profile picture of the author GCostanza
    Thanks guys, appreciate it.
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  • Profile picture of the author GCostanza
    I actually did have one other question not related to WP really (or maybe it is). Whenever I update something on WP and save it, it doesn't show up on the site when I reload (I.E. Explorer). I know Firefox is better and maybe it's an I.E. thing, but is there some sort of 'super' reload I can do or whatever? The only way I can get the changes to pop up is if I change themes and then they show up for some reason. But just a simple reload shows the old page.

    Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author jjpmarketing
      Do CTRL + F5. This is a hard refresh.
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    • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
      Are you using hostgator? if so, disable the WP Super Cache plug-in which prevents your changes from displaying
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  • Profile picture of the author GCostanza
    Thanks Rose, that was it. Still learning this stuff.

    Edit: Does the Super Cache plug-in have any benefit, before I disable it?
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    • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
      I don't know what it's benefit is supposed to be! It's a new "feature" at Hostgator. My cynical side says the author is probably works for Hostgator!
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    WP Super Cache makes your site load a lot faster and reduces server load (that's most likely why Hostgator likes it). I use it and when I put a new post in, I go to Super Cache settings and turn it off and then clear the cache and then turn it back on. It's worth it to have the site load so quickly to me.
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