What is: Media
January 16, 2020 by Troy
Media is a tab in your WordPress admin sidebar which is used to manage user uploads (images, audio, video, and other files). Under the Media menu, there are two screens. The first screen Library lists all the files in the media library. These files can be edited and deleted from the library. The second screen is Add New, which allows users to upload files. Remember users can also upload media (images, videos, etc) while writing a post or page. However, the Add New link under allows users to upload files without attaching them to a specific post or page.
The biggest complaint about the media library in WordPress is that it is not organized. All media files are stored and organized based on the year and month they were uploaded in a folder called /wp-content/uploads/. You can search the media files by using your WordPress admin menu, but there is no way to store media files in specific folders. There are plugins that allow you to organize media files by using tags.
WordPress media editor also has some lesser-known features that folks don’t know about. One of them being the ability to edit images right from your WordPress admin area. Under the edit screen of your library, there is an option for photo editing that allows you to crop, resize, and scale images right from your WordPress admin area.
There are also functions available for developers to automatically generate new image sizes, add additional image sizes on every new image upload, and more.
This post was originally published in the wpbeginner glossary.
- Featured Image
- Media Settings
- How to Regenerate Thumbnails or New Image Sizes in WordPress
- How to Tag Images in WordPress with WordPress Media Tagger
- How to Do Basic Image Editing in WordPress (Crop, Rotate, Scale, Flip)
- How to Create Additional Image Sizes in WordPress
- Thumbnail Sizes