What is: Media?

In WordPress, “Media” refers to a type of file that contains an audio recording, a digital image, or a video recording. Technically, other kinds of media can be uploaded to WordPress, but “media” generally refers to videos, audio files, and images.

Examples of Media

Here are some types of media you might use on your WordPress site:

  • Images: Photos, diagrams, and more. The most common types are JPEG, PNG, and GIF.
  • Videos: Clips or movies that can play on your website. Common types include MP4 and MOV.
  • Audio: Music or other sounds that play on your website. Common types include MP3 and WAV.
  • Documents: Files like PDFs, Word Documents, or Excel Spreadsheets.

How to Access and Upload Media

To access the Media available on your WordPress site:

  • Log into the administration area.
  • On the left-hand side, click “Media.”
  • From there, you’ll be given two choices: “Library” and “Add New.”

The “Library” is a repository of all of the media that you’ve uploaded to your site. From this screen, you can review and edit your media (including cropping, rotation, etc). You can also delete media from this screen as well. Simply click on the media file, and you’ll be taken to a screen called “Attachment Details” which allow you to make changes or delete the file.

Note: If you want to delete multiple media files at the same time, click on “Bulk Select” and then select the media files that you want to delete. Then click “Delete Selected.” You cannot, however, edit your media files in bulk.

If you click on “Add New,” you can upload one or more new media files. Alternatively, you can add new media files while creating a post or a page. If you use the “Media” and then “Add New” tab, however, you don’t have to attach the media to a page or a post.

Remember, any users with sufficient permission can also upload media to your website!

Unfortunately, the options for organizing your media are a bit limited. You can sort your media files by type and/or by month they were uploaded, but that’s it. If you know the name of the file, you can search for it on the “Library” screen. For more organization options, you’ll need to use a plugin.

How Useful is Media in WordPress?

Media is super useful in WordPress! With media, you can make your website more engaging and fun to visit.

You can use media to:

  • Show off your work, if you’re an artist or photographer.
  • Share helpful information, like diagrams or infographics.
  • Entertain your visitors, with videos or music.

Don’t be shy to use media on your WordPress site!

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Jamie Spencer

My name is Jamie Spencer and I have spent the past 10 years building money making blogs. After growing tired of the 9-5, commuting and never seeing my family I decided that I wanted to make some changes and launched my first blog. Since then I have launched lots of successful niche blogs and after selling my survivalist blog I decided to teach other people how to do the same.