Support » Plugin: Media Library Assistant » Setting that shows where the images appear in the site

  • Resolved DeWayne McCulley


    Where is the setting that allows you to see where the images appear in the site as featured images or are inserted in page and post bodies?

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  • Plugin Author David Lingren


    Thanks for your question and for your interest in the plugin.

    You can activate MLA’s where-used reporting features by changing a few option settings and adjusting the Media/Assistant admin submenu table:

    1. Navigate to the Settings/Media Library Assistant General tab.
    2. Scroll down to the “Where-used Reporting” section.
    3. Change the dropdown settings for each of the categories you are interested in.
    4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Save Changes” to record your new option settings.

    I suggest these settings:

    • Featured in – Enabled
    • Inserted in – Base
    • Gallery in – Cached
    • MLA Gallery in – Cached

    Once that’s done, navigate to the Media/Assistant admin submenu, pull down the “Screen Options” in the upper-right corner of the screen and check the box next to the where-used columns you want to add to the submenu table.

    For a more advanced example of using these features you might find this earlier topic useful:

    How to find and list orphans only?

    MLA’s where-used reporting was actually the first feature I implemented and they were the original inspiration for the plugin. When you need them they are very useful but it takes a lot of database work to perform their analysis. The “Inserted in” feature must go through every post and page on the site and search the content for any IMG tags containing a Media Library item. The “Gallery in” and “MLA Gallery in” features must find every shortcode in every post/page and then execute the shortcodes to see which items they return.

    All of this processing can severely slow down the site, especially for sites with thousands of Media Library items. That’s why there are switches to turn the features off and that’s why the default settings are “Disabled”.

    I am marking this topic resolved, but please update it if you have any problems or further questions regarding the above suggestions. I hope you find these MLA features helpful.

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