Avoid Adding Images to a WordPress Gallery

Posted on Friday, June 26th, 2009 at 12:59 pm in

As outlined in The WordPress Gallery, uploading an image whilst working on a page creates an association between the image and the page. This association is used to create the final, page-specific, gallery.

Occasionally, you want to add an image to a page but don’t want it to appear in that page’s gallery. How do you do that?

The answer is a lot simpler than you might think…

Don’t upload the image whilst working on your post or page.

Instead upload the image using Media-Add New option within the Administration area. Because this option is available outside of any Post or Page edit screen, no post, or page, association is created for the uploaded image. It is simply added to the Media Library where it is available for use in any page.

When you want to add the image to a post, or page, use the “Add an Image” option and then select the Media Library tab. If you have a large number if images in your Media Library, use the “Search Media” box to find your image. This is one time when giving each image a human-readable title really comes into its own!

When you have located your image, use the “Show” link to open up the standard image insertion options.


If you don’t want an image to appear in the gallery for Post X, don’t upload it whilst working on Post X.

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