For this DiW Poll, we ask the question: Do you use the WordPress Media Library, and if so, how much?
On its own, the WordPress Media Library provides users with a wide variety of great tools for managing media content. The Media Library makes it easy to upload media content such as images and video into an chronologically organized directory structure. During the upload process, WordPress automatically generates thumbnail, medium-size, and large-size versions of images. From there, users may associate individual media items with posts and create galleries of attached content. Along the way, WordPress’ Media Library provides users with many options and settings for
title, and other metadata, and makes it pretty easy to insert media content in various positions within the post. On top of all that, the Media Library now features built-in image editing, which includes everything from rotating and sizing to cropping and flipping.
As useful as the Media Library is, however, it seems that there is much room for improvement. As far as I know, much of the Media Library’s functionality has been sort of cobbled together in piecemeal fashion over the years, and by itself seems too disjointed and incomplete for serious media management. Using a plugin such as the NextGEN Gallery helps fill in many of the gaps while providing some essential features such as sortable albums, role settings, tag support, and even slideshow functionality. Based on the sheer number of downloads for the NextGEN Gallery — 1,495,379 and counting — existing Media Library functionality appears incomplete. It would be awesome to streamline functionality and implement popular features as the WordPress Media Library continues to evolve into the lean mean media-management tool that it should be.
This is all pure speculation and opinion, of course, but it seems like an excellent opportunity to learn more about how the WordPress community actually uses the Media Library and what they think about it. So, for this DiW Poll, we ask the question: Do you use the WordPress Media Library, and if so, how much?
How Do You Use the WordPress Media Library?
- Yes, I love it and use it for all media content (30%, 220 Votes)
- I use it occasionally for uploading and/or editing (29%, 212 Votes)
- I prefer to FTP and hand-code my media content (23%, 170 Votes)
- I would use it, but can't figure out how it works (11%, 78 Votes)
- I use it often, but only with the help of a plugin (7%, 51 Votes)
Total Voters: 730
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