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Managing Media
Posted by Chris M. on 10 July 2013 07:02 AM

In addition to uploading or embedding media into a blog post, you can also upload media files without creating a post. This allows you to upload files to use later with posts and pages, to simply save media files in a central location, and to get a web address for a particular file that you can link to from elsewhere on the Web.

Uploading Media Files

Uploading media from your local computer into the Media Library is quite simple. Go to Media → Add New in the main menu. The screen will appear relatively empty, since it basically just contains a button to launch the media uploader. Two “uploaders”, Flash and Browser, are provided. If the Flash uploader doesn’t work or you are on a slow connection, then click the “Browser Uploader” link to use the Broswer uploader.

Flash Uploader

Your first prompt will be to choose files to upload. Select an individual file from the Select Files window, then click the Open button. A “Crunching…” message will display, and when the uploading is complete, the image and its related fields will be displayed. At that point you may edit and save the information about that file.

Uploading multiple files at once: After clicking the Select Files button, in the Select Files window, multiple files can be selected by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on each file. After all the files are seleted, click on the Open button and all of those files will be uploaded.

Once the file(s) is uploaded, a Show or Hide button is displayed to the right of the Media. Clicking on Show will expand the Media and allow you to edit the Media information, and clicking on Hide will collapse the Media into a summary format.

If you click to Edit a media file, you will be able to edit the following fields:

Title

Enter the Title of this Media. The Title will be displayed in the File column of the Media Library.

Caption

The caption for this Media. For image type Media, the Caption is also used as alternate text for that image.

Description

A description for this particular Media.

Save all changes

Click the Save all changes to save the Media.

Browser Uploader

Click the Browse button, find and click the file to upload from the File Upload window, then click the Open button. The file name will be placed in the text box to the left of the Browse button. Once a file name is displayed in the text box to the left of the Browse button, click the Upload button to upload that file.

Media Library

All the files you’ve uploaded are listed in the Media Library, with the most recent uploads listed first. In addition to text filters to display files by type (audio, images, etc.) there is a filter to display Unattached files. This filter will display a list of files you have uploaded directly into the library without creating a post.

A table lists all of your media files in rows, and contains the following columns:

File

There is no column heading for “File”, but a thumbnail of the actual image or a thumbnail representing the Media Type (audio, video, test, PDF, Doc) is displayed in this column.

Media

Media is the actual name of the file.

Description

The description of the Media you assigned at the time of upload.

Attached to

Attached to describes the post or page and the date of that post or page. Click on the title of the post or page to edit that post or page.

Date

The date the file was uploaded.

Hovering the mouse cursor over a row reveals the action links under the Name column, in that row. Clicking on a Media name will also initiate the Edit Action. The available Actions are:

Edit

Clicking Edit displays the screen to edit that individual file’s metadata.

Delete

Clicking Delete will delete the file from the Media Library (as well as from any posts to which it is currently attached).

View

Clicking View presents the file in your Theme.

Attach

The Attach link only appears for unattached files. Clicking Attach will launch a small popup that will allow you to search for a post and attach the file to that post.


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