Discover how to use the WordPress.com media library to manage images, audio files, and documents for your site. You can upload files in bulk from your computer or add an image from a URL. Make your content more engaging with images. Learn how to caption images and provide alternate text for non-visual readers.
- [Instructor] The Wordpress Media Library contains all the files you've previously uploaded to your Wordpress site: images, audio, video, and other files. And it also gives you the ability to upload new media. The Wordpress Media Library supports a variety of file types including common image types like jpeps and gifs and common document types such as PDFs or Word docs. Note that the Media Library also supports some of the audio and video file types but you can only host those files if you upgrade to a Premium or Business plan. Now how do you get to the Media Library? Well you can access it directly from your site admin area. From the Manage section, select Media. The default view shows us thumbnails of files previously uploaded to the site. I've only got a handful of images right here, but once you've had your site a while and consistently add new posts and images, you can imagine this list would grow pretty unwieldy. To help you with that, Wordpress gives you the ability to search for an image. You can also adjust your view to look only at certain file types by clicking these tabs along the top. Now so far I don't have documents or videos or audio, just images. One other nice feature is that you can adjust the thumbnail preview size to either make the images larger and easier to see or smaller and easier to take in a whole lot of images at a glance. Thanks Wordpress. To continue our tour of the Media Library, you'll note there's a little space indicator in the corner here. How much space you have available to store uploaded media depends on which Wordpress.com plan you have. The free plan that I'm on gives me up to three gigabytes, which is actually a fair amount of space. If you're optimizing your images for the web, you can make that amount stretch pretty far. That said, if you're a photographer or have a site that otherwise requires more space, you'd need to look into upgrading your plan. At any rate, this is a nice visual indicator of how much space you've got left. And at the moment, I've got plenty. So let's look at how you can add files to the Media Library. There're actually a few ways. The first way is to add a file via URL. If you have a direct URL to an image or other file type, you could simply paste it in here and click Upload. The second way is by clicking this Add New button. That brings up a window where you can select a file from your computer and then upload it. For the next two ways, I'll head up here to the search bar. Not only can you search for images that you've already uploaded to your Wordpress Media Library but you can also search for free photos from Pexels which is a free stock photography library. For example, I'll search for flowers. Make sure I've got Free photo library selected. And here are a ton of images, that I'm free to use on my site. I'll go ahead and select one and then say Copy to Media Library. The final way to add a photo to your site is to connect to your Google Photos. If you have a Google Photo account, you can connect it here and then search those images from within the media gallery. Whatever images you choose to use, Wordpress gives you plenty a ways to add them to your site.
- Creating a WordPress.com account
- Editing your profile
- Publishing posts and pages
- Inserting images, videos, and other media
- Customizing your site with themes and widgets
- Managing users, notifications, and comments
- The limits of WordPress.com and the benefits of self-hosting