The WordPress Media Library is essentially a repository for all of the media on your site, but there's not a lot of documentation about how to actually make the most of what it has to offer. So, in this Weekend WordPress Project we delve into the ins and outs of the media library.
“The Cloud” is all the rage nowadays and for good reason. It gives you more storage space, faster storage, and distributed access. It’s essentially an automatic backup and can take away a lot of the headaches that come with moving and testing a website.
While there are some disadvantages, like less access and security worries, these would either exist on your own server as well, or are more than worth it for most.
WordPress multisite installs might use a single codebase but when it comes to media each site operates in its own silo.
If you are using multisite to publish multiple sites then reusing media across your sites either means inserting with a url or loading the image up twice. Hardly satisfactory.
In this Weekend WordPress project, we’ll take a look at how to share images, video and audio across your site, saving you considerable time, trouble and disk space.
The media system in WordPress has come a long way in the last few years. It’s seen many welcome improvements.
As usual, however, it could probably be a little better. And one obvious way would seem to be adding categories and/or tags to media.
This would allow for easier management and even a little creative curation.
With that in mind, we’re going to go over a few ways you can assign categories or tags to media (such as images), and also how that might help.
When you give users access to your site’s editor, whether they’re freelancers, lower level team members, or even the general public, it might come at a cost.
One consistent concern in these situations is giving users access to the media library, or even allowing them to upload media at all.
Below we’ll go over a few ways to remedy those issues.
First, we’ll hide the “Add Media” button from lower level users altogether. And then we’ll go over a solution that will let users upload media, but they won’t be able to see or access media uploaded by others.
What? WordPress automatically compresses JPEG images? This might be news to you. When images are uploaded to WordPress, it will automatically compress jpeg files to 90% of the original. More than likely this is intended to help your pages load faster and keep file sizes smaller. Do you really miss that extra 10% with the high quality of digital images today?
There’s a very simple, yet insanely useful plugin that recently showed up in the WordPress plugin repository. Require Featured Image does exactly what it says – it restricts every user from publishing a post unless they have uploaded a featured image.
The images you include on your website are probably more powerful than the content you write. People are very impatient when it comes to reading these days, but the right images will make visitors more likely to read your content and make a genuine connection.
Finding great images for your site is easy if you know where to look. We’ve put together a roundup of the best places to find free, high quality stock images for use on your WordPress site.
There are many different reasons users might want to change the default upload directory in WordPress. It makes it possible to host images on a subdomain for performance reasons, which can also make backups more efficient. People also sometimes change this directory in order to create a different URL structure and organization for their media files.
Before WordPress 3.5 you used to be able to change the upload directory path from the Settings menu in the dashboard. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy anymore, but it’s still possible.
How to change the default media upload directory
A quick search through the plugins at wordpress.org will turn up several photo plugins for BuddyPress but none with the comprehensive list of features offered by the rtMedia plugin. Previously known as BuddyPress Media, it has been completely re-written and has re-launched with the new rtMedia branding.