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What is the point of Media Posts? (3 posts)

  1. erima
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I’m a bit confused why the WP Media Library insists on making pages for files. If I upload an image it gets a special page made for it that includes an area for description, caption, etc. This page does not appear in my blog posts or archives, but is still public.

    I then create a post for it so that it appears among my blog posts. But there are now two pages, both publicly visible via search. One page has (presumably) a longer narrative and common UI elements (prev/next, tags, categories, comments perhaps) while the image page the media library generated has different information that I wrote when uploading (or, more likely, not) but none of the common navigation that a post gets.

    What’s the point of this? It seems like my choices are to have weird pages hidden on my site either with or without doing some tedious double entry.

    I’d love to have media library uploads get injected straight into my feed. You know, "add new media", upload, publish, done. Perhaps it’s my years of publishing through Tumblr, but it just seems natural where having this extra barrier to uploading something feels wrong. I know I can attach media directly from a new post, but doesn’t that still create a weirdo page somewhere on my site?

    Is there something I am missing here or any tips for working around this behavior?

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I’m a bit confused why the WP Media Library insists on making pages for files.

    Image attachment pages are created on demand when you ask for them to be generated by selecting 'Post URL' in the Link Url line when inserting an image..

  3. They're usefully for galleries, when you want people to be able to comment on images :)

    If you don't need it, then link to the post image or nothing at all.

    (They're virtual pages, BTW, and just hide in the back if you don't use 'em. Like many other things in WP.)

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