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    Two days ago I installed MLA which appears to do what I want which is to display a simple library page containing thumbs of various media categories. Unfortunately the Documentation with hundreds of shortcodes leaves me totally overwhelmed and baffled. I have installed MLA example plugins but what then? How are these used? Is there anywhere a basic “hello world” that can be understood? Frustrated…

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  • Plugin Author David Lingren


    Thanks for your interest in the plugin and for your question. I regret any frustration you’re experiencing in finding your way around.

    MLA actually has just three shortcodes, [mla_gallery], [mla_tag_could] and [mla_term_list], but they do have quite a number of parameters to go through. The best place to start is in the Settings/Media Library Assistant Documentation tab; have a look at the “MLA Gallery Examples” section to see a few basic examples of the shortcodes that came up in earlier support topics. The “Simple Examples” part of that section contains a few “hello world” shortcode illustrations.

    The Example Plugins have mostly been developed in response to support topics of one sort or another. They may or may not be helpful for your specific needs.

    I regret that I do not have the time and talent required to develop more tutorial material. I know the Documentation is more of a reference. I do try to answer questions in the support forum and give what help I can for application questions. Here are links to two earlier topics along lines similar to yours that contain links to many more specific topics:

    Examples for the MLA Gallery

    Is there doc that shows how to use this plugin?

    I am marking this topic resolved because your immediate question has been answered, but please update it or start a new topic if you have problems or further questions regarding the material in the Documentation tab or the earlier topics. Thanks again for your understanding and your interest.

    Hi David,
    I really appreciate your response and I apologize for the tone of my first question. Obviously, I am a newbie to MLA. Also, certainly not an expert with WP. I am finding that my frustration should have been vented elsewhere as the many uploaded files apparently did not upload correctly. .jpg files are uploaded but do not display a thumbnail and i am now seeing “Http error.” Attempts to regen the thumbnail and it already exists. Experimenting, it seems to have something to do with the size of the upload .jpg which suggests the hosting provider. I have a shared account which limits resources.

    I have now installed WP5.3 and get uploads that are named “scaled” and a thumb is usually (but not always created). The scaled uploads are significantly smaller than the original file so I assume some throttling by my host, Wp or a plugin.

    Still looking…again, thanks.

    Plugin Author David Lingren


    Thanks for your update and your kind words. I certainly understand how frustrating an unreliable hosting provider can be and I hope you find a way to get the stability and performance you need. Let me know if there’s anything MLA can do to help.

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