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#47839 new enhancement

Extended file management in Media Library

Reported by: mimoho Owned by:
Milestone: Awaiting Review Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Media Keywords:
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Description

Following enhancements should be made to the Media Library:
1) Option to organize media in custom folders, not only by month and year, but let the user choose a folder or create a new one in "wp-content/uploads" to save the item.
2) Ability to move files is essential for keeping them organized. This should be possible with an inbuilt file manager like https://tempspace.net/plugins/?page_id=111 while updating all posts and pages the item is associated with.
3) I prefer to keep all my images in its original quality. I've set the image sizes to 0 in the Media settings, but WordPress still produces reduced image files. For thumbnails in the gallery, I'd prefer to view my untouched files as thumbnails in its original size without getting cropped in. Thus, the media gallery could arrange all items in a way that the height stays the same while the width is displayed in full.

Attachments (3)

Mockup1_Folder view in the Wordpress Media Library.jpg (424.1 KB) - added by ricjcs 10 months ago.
Design proposal 1
Mockup2_Folder view in the Wordpress Media Library.jpg (426.6 KB) - added by ricjcs 10 months ago.
Design proposal 2
Mockup3_Folder view in the Wordpress Media Library.jpg (402.2 KB) - added by ricjcs 10 months ago.
Design proposal 3: After moving the images to a folder, a message appears that allows you to undo, useful if we make mistakes. Sometimes in the tree view we can make mistakes and put it in a folder above or below.

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Change History (8)

#2 @ricjcs
11 months ago

The current media library is very limited. Like other users, I beg for a feature to better organize the library.

Organization by folders (or categories) would be much better.

I know that plugins can do this, but that way we are dependent on the future of the plugin, which can be discontinued and incompatible with other plugins of this type, there is always the risk of losing the work of having organized thousands of images. The best plugins of this type are also paid for the full version, with the free version being very limited.

I like to depend on plugins as little as possible. In my opinion this is a feature that should come by default, in the same way that the operating system comes with a file manager. It wouldn't make sense for an operating system with just one folder to organize thousands of files, and you need to pay for a plugin to organize them. Basically what happens with WordPress is this.

In addition, I am also a wordpress.com customer without access to plugins. It is desperate to organize thousands of images with the current library. But unfortunately the implementation of this feature has been a utopia for many years...

A note regarding exporting the site via XML: If or when this folder feature is implemented, when generating the XML file for export (WordPress eXtended RSS or WXR), the information of the categories or folders of the images must come with that file, it seems that this does not happen with all plugins.

In the hope of one day having this feature, I made 3 mockups of a possible idea to implement this feature.

Last edited 10 months ago by ricjcs (previous) (diff)

@ricjcs
10 months ago

Design proposal 3: After moving the images to a folder, a message appears that allows you to undo, useful if we make mistakes. Sometimes in the tree view we can make mistakes and put it in a folder above or below.

This ticket was mentioned in Slack in #core-media by ricjcs. View the logs.


10 months ago

#4 follow-up: @joedolson
10 months ago

Better organization of the media library is fairly crucial, however, the backwards compatibility issues around changing existing file structures are pretty significant.

I think something that would be better, overall, would be adding a taxonomy to attachments, and providing a virtual folder structure using hierarchical taxonomies rather than actually moving files.

#5 in reply to: ↑ 4 @ricjcs
10 months ago

Replying to joedolson:

Better organization of the media library is fairly crucial, however, the backwards compatibility issues around changing existing file structures are pretty significant.

I think something that would be better, overall, would be adding a taxonomy to attachments, and providing a virtual folder structure using hierarchical taxonomies rather than actually moving files.

Yes, I think this is how some plugins work.

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