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Gallery - Allow individual named folders instead of all in one by date (6 posts)

  1. Amnolith
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    We run events which have thousands of pictures every month. WordPress should have a way to be able to upload images associated to a post to a particular folder.

    Lets say I have pictures of New York. Instead of uploading them to a monthly folder I should be able to tell wordpress to put them into /images/newyork and create that folder if it does not exist.

    Honestly the images management is really sad for such a awesome product. Why are all images stuffed in giant monthly folders only is beyond comprehension. If it was only attachments I could understand but for galleries of images which are most of the time associated with a topic or subject I don t understand why the images should all be spread in hundreds of folders instead of neatly sorted by folders or categories.

    I know there are a couple plugins that approximate this functionality but it become an issue to deal with upgrades and potential future code changes.

    Please, please consider improving the gallery storage of images to allow an option to store images in individual folders as for webmasters during upgrades or moves to other platforms having to dig through hundreds of folders is a nightmare.

    By having all images in individually names folders the media management becomes so much more efficient.

    Thank you

  2. I THINK NextGen gallery can do that: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/nextgen-gallery/

  3. Amnolith
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    But that is the point, one should not have to use a plugin to do that. Furthermore the nextgen gallery plugin is not a really good gallery plugin compared to Prettyphoto for example.

    Prettyphoto makes the gallery look very nice imo but relies on wordpress for the location of the images. Nextgen gallery is not as pretty and also more complicated to setup.

    The point I was trying to make was that I don t understand why stuffing all images per dates only and not allow an option of putting certain images physically in a category or folder. If one moves from WordPress to another system for example and you want to find all the pictures of New York, how do you do when you have 200 folders and subfolders or images instead of a single folder called /gallery/newyork/

    just saying

  4. Not the point, actually :)

    One of the ideas behind WordPress is NOT to be all things for all people, but to be the start for all things. Since there's no way to both make everyone happy in every possible situation AND to put out a product that will work 90% of the time in that set up, WordPress went the other way. Here's the start. When you want something that isn't out of the box supported, there are plugins.

    That's the point of the plugins :) To change things from the standard that works for the majority.

    Heck there's even http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/custom-upload-dir/ which looks like JUST what you need :D Wouldn't work for everyone, but having the ability to change it with a plugin is proof to the flexibility of WP. It's an idealogical thing.

    The point I was trying to make was that I don t understand why stuffing all images per dates only and not allow an option of putting certain images physically in a category or folder.

    I can think of two reasons.

    1) You don't want all images in one folder. It's hard to manage, and some hosts limit the number of files per folder. So we all agree files should be 'organized' somehow. Good.

    2) Given that WordPress started as a blog, is primarily still used for blogging and other date specific events, you aim for the lowest common denominator when designing.

    Personally, the only time I use WordPress to run a gallery is when it's a PhotoBlog. If I'm running a GALLERY gallery, I get a gallery app. Sometimes it's all about using the right tool for the job, sometimes it's making what you like work for you.

  5. Amnolith
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thanks for the suggestion about that plugin but it does only extend the upload folder path to categories within the already year/month/path ie /%year%/%month%/%post_categories%

    I know WP is great and don t get me wrong I am not complaining, I am only trying to make the case for improving the way media is stored by proposing to add an option to be able to either store images in a year/month folder or in a custom folder at the root like Photos or monuments or vacations or anything else so that all images in a certain category can all be found in one single place.

    During the last thread with the dev about giving ideas I saw a couple people mentioning the same issue because they also manage tons of media via wordpress and the year/month style is not efficient anymore.

    Again, not complaining and just trying to support the case for providing the option because there is a demand. Or maybe I need to find someone to make a plugin just for that maybe...it just seemed to me that the year/month paradigm is outdated.

  6. Your use-case is valid, and I'm agreeing with that. But I'm pretty confidant in saying it's not going to be a part of core because the use case is such a small slice that adding in the option will do more harm than good. Too many options are as bad as too few :)

    Thanks for the suggestion about that plugin but it does only extend the upload folder path to categories within the already year/month/path ie /%year%/%month%/%post_categories%

    So turn off the option to organize uploads into YMD, or change it all together (you can, you know, have them all dumped in one folder if you wanted).

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/custom-upload-dir/screenshots/ shows, specifically, that you can make it anything you want. Honestly, this looks like JUST what you want. Make it /%post_category%/%post_name%/ :)

    You can totally remove Y/M from the make up if you want.

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