Lee Odden

Getting Fancy Image Captions in WordPress 2.6

Lee Odden     Blogging Strategy

Calming Clouds

WordPress 2.6 comes with a feature that adds captions to images.  It looks really nice in the WordPress editor, but if you don’t have the code, it won’t look as nice when you publish your post.

The good news is, all you have to do is add the following lines of code to your theme’s CSS file.

/* Captions */
div.aligncenter {
display: block;
margin-left: auto;
margin-right: auto;

.wp-caption {
border: 1px solid #ddd;
text-align: center;
background-color: #f3f3f3;
padding-top: 4px;
margin: 10px;
-moz-border-radius: 3px;
-khtml-border-radius: 3px;
-webkit-border-radius: 3px;
border-radius: 3px;

.wp-caption img {
margin: 0;
padding: 0;
border: 0 none;

.wp-caption p.wp-caption-text {
font-size: 11px;
line-height: 17px;
padding: 0 4px 5px;
margin: 0;

/* End captions */

Now your images and captions will look just as good live as they do in the editor.

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Lee Odden About Lee Odden

@LeeOdden is the CEO of TopRank Marketing and editor of Online Marketing Blog. Cited for his expertise by The Economist, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, he's the author of the book Optimize and presents internationally on B2B marketing topics including content, search, social media and influencer marketing. When not at conferences, consulting, or working with his talented team, he's likely running, traveling or cooking up something new.


  1. Thanks a bunch for this tip off.

  2. Now all we need is a way to put links inside the captions and it would be a killer feature!

  3. I was curious. Is there a way in addition to adding a caption creating a space and/or adding photo credits i.e.

    Calm Seas Photo Credit: Whomever
    or Calm Seas/Photo Credit: Whomever

    Without having to type in either “/” or “Photo Credit:” and just have that automatically inserted in?

  4. Thank you for the tip.

    It works in parts, but is not aligning at right or left as set on the “add image” wordpress backend.

  5. Avatar Erica St. John says

    Thanks, this is perfect for what I was looking for~

  6. Here is the code for image alignment:

    img.alignright {
    padding: 4px;
    margin: 0 0 2px 7px;
    display: inline;

    img.alignleft {
    padding: 4px;
    margin: 0 7px 2px 0;
    display: inline;

    .alignright {
    float: right;

    .alignleft {
    float: left

  7. This was of good help to me. You may want to add Erica St. John’s code to the original post. Thanks.

  8. thanks a ton, this had been bugging me for a while!