Simplify Image/Media Upload — too complex for regular users

  1. andrewfox

    While a few releases ago the way images and media was handled was enormously improved, it feels very complicated for regular users. I’d love to figure out a way of improving it. I’ve looked for plugins for this, but no luck.

    In my opinion these are things that could be improved/changed…

    1. The actual media buttons (above the content area) could be a tiny bit more prominent. Users often miss them.
    2. 4 different media buttons is overkill — and they essentially do the same thing.
    3. My main problem is that once a file is uploaded you get a large scary looking form. This should be on a fresh view (not part of an expanded list).
    4. The form should by default possibly just show: Title, Alignment
    5. 'Insert into Post' should be more prominent. It is unclear this is most people's
    6. There should be a default size so the user doesn’t have to think about it (admin could decide the default size)
    7. 'Set Featured image' should have a different form — it is confusing having 'Insert Into Post' as the main button

    It would make plenty of sense to keep 'advanced' options for admin, and other roles if they choose (maybe with something that hides it or a preference).

    I’m a UX/designer type, and I’d be very happy to wireframe something out.


    Posted: 6 years ago #
  2. Mark

    Agreed on all points. Good thinking.

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  3. Mark / t31os

    Sounds good to me.

    I'd rate it 5 stars but it's already under consideration.

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  4. Mark

    No, any new idea is "under consideration". Do rate!

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  5. Jen

    We already have a media overhaul planned, with a new UI. The underlying code is very complex, though, which is why it's not done yet.

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  6. Mark

    BTW, now that you're looking Jane, I wonder why I can't rate this idea. I don't see the stars - not on single view and not on listings. The effect is that it is stuck on my "Ideas you haven't rated" page. And it's not closed or anything.

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  7. mrmist

    Good question. It doesn't appear to show the stars. I can't see a reason for that. However, as Jane said, the media section is due for overhaul anyway, so I guess on that basis it belongs in the "Good Idea, we're working on it!" section.

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  8. Mark

    Apparently double quotation marks in the topic title were the cause for this in another topic (this one, now closed), which is why the author started a new version.


    Well I just tested this in a new topic, trying out various titles, but it didn't seem to work. So sorry for the mess and please delete.

    Posted: 6 years ago #
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    Posted: 6 years ago #
  10. parisvega

    Full and total agreement. Can't wait!

    Posted: 6 years ago #

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