WordPress Media Settings

Guide & tutorial to learn how to edit and customize WordPress website media settings, sizes, and all you need to know about image upload defaults.

How To Configure & Use WordPress Media Settings? #

Configuring and using WordPress media settings is essential for optimizing how your WordPress website handles media files. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to configure and use WordPress media settings:

  1. Log in to your WordPress admin dashboard.
  2. In the left-hand sidebar, click “Settings” and select “Media” from the dropdown menu.
  3. You will be taken to the Media Settings page. This page contains various options for configuring how media files are uploaded and displayed on your site.
  4. “Image Sizes”: This section allows you to set the maximum dimensions (width and height) for images uploaded to your site. You can specify thumbnail, medium, and large sizes. By default, WordPress generates these sizes when you upload a photo, and they are used in different areas of your website.
  5. “Uploading Files”: In this section, you can configure how WordPress handles the uploading of media files.
  • “Organize my uploads into month- and year-based folders”: When enabled, WordPress will automatically organize your uploads into folders based on the month and year of upload. This helps keep your media library organized.
  • “Full URL path to files”: This option determines the URL structure for your media files. By default, WordPress uses the “wp-content/uploads/” directory. However, you can customize this if needed.
  • “Store uploads in this folder”: Specifies where your uploaded files will be stored. By default, it is set to “wp-content/uploads/.”
  1. “Embeds”: This section deals with the settings for embedding media from other websites into your posts or pages.
  • “Auto-embeds”: WordPress automatically converts URLs from popular websites into embedded content when enabled. For example, if you paste a YouTube video URL into a post, WordPress will automatically embed the video.
  • “Maximum embed size”: You can set the maximum width and height for embedded content.

Using WordPress Media Settings #

  1. Uploading Media: To upload media files (images, videos, audio), go to the “Media” tab in the WordPress admin dashboard and click on “Add New.” Select the files you want to upload from your computer and click the “Upload” button.
  2. Inserting Media into Posts/Pages: When editing a post or page, click the “Add Media” button above the text editor. Select the media file you want to insert, adjust any additional settings (such as alignment and size), and click the “Insert into post” button.
  3. Editing Media: You can edit media files by selecting them from the Media Library in the WordPress admin dashboard. You can crop, rotate, scale, and perform other edits from there using the built-in WordPress media editor.

By configuring and using WordPress media settings effectively, you can ensure that your media files are optimized for your website, improving performance and enhancing the user experience.

Video Tutorial #

Guide & tutorial to learn how to edit and customize WordPress website media settings, sizes, and all you need to know about image upload defaults.

WordPress Media Settings Explained #

WordPress Media Settings Screen controls the various settings related to images and other media used in writing posts and pages. As a result, understanding how it works can help with your WordPress usage.

WordPress Media Settings

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WordPress Media Settings Image sizes #

The sizes listed below determine the maximum dimensions in pixels to use when inserting an image into the body of a post.

  • Thumbnail size – Enter the Width and Height
  • Crop thumbnail to exact dimensions (typically, thumbnails are proportional) – checkbox
  • Medium size – Enter the Max Width and Max Height
  • Large size – Enter the Max Width and Max Height

Uploading Files #

Default settings are used during the media upload process when writing a post.

Organize my uploads into month- and year-based folders – Check this box if you wish to organize your uploads into folders based on the year and the month of the upload. As of 3.5, wp-content/uploads is the default path setting for the uploads folder.

Assuming this is your path setting, if you check this box, a file uploaded in June of 2010 would be placed into the wp-content/uploads/2010/06 folder. Note: At the time of the actual upload, WordPress will automatically create the folders, such as wp-content/uploads/2010 and wp-content/uploads/2010/06, as long as your wp-content folder is writeable.

Save Changes #

Finally, click the ‘Save Changes button to ensure any changes saves to your media settings are present on your database. As a result, a confirmation text box will appear at the top of the page, telling you your settings are ready.

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