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Opened 14 years ago

Closed 12 years ago

#15127 closed enhancement (duplicate)

Media management improvements sorely needed...

Reported by: ben_allison's profile ben_allison Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Severity: major Version: 3.1
Component: Media Keywords: media library management
Focuses: Cc:


The one gaping hole in WP is proper media management, and getting it up to snuff wouldn't even require anything complicated. I propose a very modest update to this section, that would drastically improve it's functionality.

1) Organization. Add the ability to establish custom hierarchies within the uploads folder (essentially, designate sub-folders, sub-sub-folders, etc). The contents of these subfolders would be accesible via shortcode: (ex, media_folder('holiday') could return a list of links for all items within the subfolder to the loop). Items that appear in the Media popup would simply appear in an accordion list, filtered by folder/subfolder, or possibly a Mac OSX-style column view.

2) Gallery creation. An "insert gallery" tab would be added to the in-post media panel, and a "galleries" item would appear within the Media nav item. Galleries would be created simply by selecting media items from the library, and dragging+dropping to determine order. Of course, galleries would be completely editable, and accessible by the loop via shortcode.

3) Filtering. Add the ability to add/assign tags and categories to media items. Allow alphabetical sorting or filetype sorting.

These basic improvements would really be all that's needed to take WP's media library to a baseline level of functionality.

Change History (5)

#1 @scribu
14 years ago

  • Milestone changed from Awaiting Review to Future Release

Everyone agrees that Media Management needs an overhaul.

That said, these "basic improvements" as you call them actually require a lot of code.

So, patches welcome.

#2 @ben_allison
14 years ago

Ha! I wish I was that good a programmer; if I were it'd be done already. ;)

#3 @Tyrun
14 years ago

+1 for support of this idea. There needs to be some way to categorize and file images and media.

As soon as you start to scale wordpress into larger sites the media manager is the first to crumble in terms of usability.

#4 @steevithak
12 years ago

  • Cc steevithak added
  • Keywords changed from media library, management to media library management

What's the status of development to improve the media library? Is help still need on this? I'm running into this problem frequently on WP sites and would really like to see some improvements made to allow some kind of hierarchical management (e.g. directories, folders, or something like that).

#5 @nacin
12 years ago

  • Milestone Future Release deleted
  • Resolution set to duplicate
  • Status changed from new to closed
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