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  • Hey Guys,

    I need a bit of help… I am about to start a massive project and am thinking of using WordPress for that. However 1 thing is holding me back and after doing a lot of Googling I still cant find the answer….

    What I need to do is get WordPress to hook into an external database full of image information and paths to those images and somehow load them into WordPress so they can use images uploaded onto their online back office system on their website without uploading them all over again….

    Can this be done?


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  • Moderator bcworkz


    It can be done, but it’s not that simple. The insert media dialog is commonly referred to as the media uploader for a reason, it insists on uploading all files before placing a link in the post. It is possible to manually type in an <img /> tag while in the text tab of the editor, and there is even a rudimentary img shortcut button. But still, given unsophisticated users, they will end up uploading via the media uploader anyway.

    In addition, the img src of course needs to be web accessible, but given unsophisticated users, they will try to use file:/// and UNC paths, or give up and use media uploader. So you will probably need to replace the uploader with some sort of image browser/file open type of dialog that defaults to files on the back office system.

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