Media Library features of WordPress
Most of us are unaware that WordPress Media Library is much more powerful than we think. There are many features in WordPress Media Library which we rarely know anything about. It does not just stores your media files but it manages it. It is a powerful tool than manages all your media files in a proper way. In this article I will try to explain in details how you could use the WordPress Media Library to manage and do much more than you usually have.
WordPress Media Library
WordPress Media Uploader is a single point in WordPress Site from where you can manage all your media files. It is a directory which includes attached as well as unattached media files. The media files can be images, audio, videos and even documents like pdf and office documents.
You can get various plugins to enhance the features of your WordPress Library. Media Library is the most polished and highly powerful in managing the document and files. The media library is located in the left menu of the WordPress dashboard. It contains two kind of layout Grid and List.
There are various features in WordPress Media Library. Lets dig it up and get the details of every features one by one.
1. Searching the Media library
Now when you have a huge site with thousands of images, you will need this feature very badly. There is a search bar on the top right of the Media library. You can provide the file name and search that particular image in the library. There is a Filter option too available to use.
As seen in the above image, You have search bar on the top right(Marked yellow border). The two icons on its extreme left is for view. It can be list of Grid. There are two filter, item type and Date Filter. This can be used when your query results too many output. You can even use it when you are not sure of name but know the type of file or date of uploading.
Changing the Media Library Limit
Most of us concerned about security may already know about this. But not many of are aware. Have you encountered an error message saying “The uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini“.
Yes we do have encountered this error at some point or the other. But we rarely do think about it. This limit exist for a reason. To avoid strain on the server, people host huge files like audio files and video files on external servers. WordPress is relieved for the huge files. So this limit is set to a minimum level. A huge file will take more time to download. You can check this article for increasing the memory limit. There is a plugin to do the same exact thing but usually the plugin will not be able to work for some of the hosting servers. But you can check out this plugin Increase Max Upload Filesize.
Enable Image Compression for Uploaded Media Files
When you are trying to optimize your site for the best performance and best quality, you would love image compression. It is the technique of reducing the image size without loosing its quality. You can install WP Smush it plugin. This plugin helps you compress bigger images without loosing much of its quality. The premium version of this plugin if a must if your file size is quite big. But the premium plugin is worth it. After installation it will start its job and no any settings or any other setups are required.
Disabling WordPress default jpeg Compression
WordPress Media manager automatically compresses your jpeg files to 90% of their original compression level. If you are not using any other compression then you may not probably notice any changes to the images. But the files size will be reduced. But if you want to gain more compression then you will need to install another compression plugin. When you install another compression plugin the image will be compressed two times. Now here is the mess. The double compressed image will look blurry. SO here you need to disable the default compression
There is an easy work around for that. Download and install the Disable JPEG Compression plugin. This will disable the default compression. And now you can use any plugin you want to compress your images.
Preventing Duplicate Image Files
The WordPress Media manager duplicates your uploaded image to multiple sizes. This is crucial if you have a site that works for different browsers. It is also important if you want to show thumbnails and link that to larger image. This definitely has a speed benefit too. But for most of the people this extra image is just costing space.
You can easily apply solution to this issue. This is not an issue but to be exact it is a cool property for site. But anyway if you want to ‘not’ include this then you can remove it. Go to WP-Dashboard >> Settings >> Media >>
As you can see in the above image that there are three sizes of images. Now to remove automatically creating the duplicate image you need to insert 0 for both width and height. The WordPress will understand that you do not need its help. Hit the Save Changes button. And the media uploaded will remain silent and will not duplicate the same image with different sizes.
Editing the images within WordPress
Editing the images in WordPress is super easy. Though there not many features. But whatever it has is enough to use. I would personally suggest to edit image before uploading. To edit image, just click on the edit link below the image.
There is an edit button on the bottom left side of the image preview page. Hit “edit image” button. The page similar to below will appear.
In the above picture you can see that there are many small icons above the image. Those are the editing tools. The first one is Crop. Second and third are for rotation. Fourth and fifth are for vertical and horizontal flip. The last two are undo and redo buttons. Now you can play for five minutes with these tools and you will be champion to use it.
On the right hand side of the image there is Scaling option. In scaling you can reduce the size of the image proportionately. Once done hit Save and you are good to edit the photos.
Downloading the WordPress Media Library.
Sometimes it is necessary to download the entire media library. The reasons can be many. But lets assume you want to take the backup. For that you need to download the whole library. The best way to do it use FTP Client like FileZilla and download the uploads folder inside wp-content folder of your home directory.
If you have a very large library then the plugin may encounter time out. This can be resolved by the webmaster. They can increase the time with sufficient amount. Then you can download the image file to your local system.
These are some of the feature in WordPress Media Library. Cheers to WordPress for this great CMS.
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