How To Share Media Across WordPress Multisite

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.

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Creating Categories and Tags for Your WordPress Media

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.


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How to Hide Media or the “Add Media” Button in WordPress

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.


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Top 10 Places to Find Free Stock Images For Your WordPress Site

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.


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How to Change the Default WordPress Uploads Folder

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


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The Ultimate Guide to Finding and Using Free Images On Your WordPress Site

Blog writing can involve a lot of blood, sweat and tears, unless you’re one of those magical people who can tap out an insightful post with inexplicable ease or some kind of deus ex machina intervention.

Not only do you have to come up with a decent topic to write about, there’s also writing the damn thing and then coming up with a catchy headline.


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WordPress 3.5 Elvin Is Ready For Download

It’s a happy day in the world of WordPress. The 3.5 “Elvin” release is now ready for download. Yes, that’s right, the 3.5 release has been dubbed “Elvin” – not as in elves but rather named for jazz drummer Elvin Jones. Curious about what’s new? Here’s a quick summary:

WordPress Media Completely Re-Envisioned

This release includes massive changes to the WordPress media library. You’re simply going to love how easy it is to add new media to WordPress. It provides a totally new experience for uploading photos and creating galleries.

New Twenty Twelve Default Theme


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