Support » Plugin: Media Library Assistant » Finding Unused Media Files

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  • Plugin Author David Lingren


    Thanks for your question, and for taking the time to find and apply the example plugin solution from an earlier topic.

    Where-used reporting was my original motivation for developing MLA several years ago. There are four categories of “where-used” information you can add to your Media/Assistant submenu table; they are turned off by default because they can be time- and memory-intensive. They’re great when you need them but a performance drag when you don’t.

    To activate one or more categories, navigate to the Settings/Media Library Assistant General tab and scroll down to the “Where-used database access tuning” section. For your application, try setting the “Featured in” category to “Enabled” and perhaps the “Inserted in” category to “Base”. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click “Save Changes” to record your new settings.

    On the Media/Assistant admin screen, pull down the Screen Options area and check the boxes by the categories you want to see.

    You can find more information about the “where-used” status values in the onscreen Help for the Media/Assistant admin submenu screen. Click “Help” in the upper-right corner of the submenu screen, and then select the “Where-used Reporting” tab at the left of the dropdown area. You might also find this earlier topic interesting:

    Usage orphan/bad parent?

    I hope that gets you started on using MLA to find and manage your “orphan” items. I am marking this topic resolved, but please update it if you have problems or further questions regarding the above suggestions. Thanks for your interest in the plugin.

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