Support » Requests and Feedback » WordPress.org – forum topic editor – insert and manage image media

  • WordPress can manage media, by the use of plugins, so the following suggestion is likely to be technically possible.

    It would be handy to be able to insert an image(s) into a Topic, or attach them for view along side a topic.
    These could be stored locally on the wordpress.org site.

    Criteria may be needed, such as ;
    a) the images submitted for approval, before display
    b) not available for editing access after approval for display is given
    c) control as to whether able to be hotlinked from external sites
    d) not allowed to insert links to offsite images (because this type of embedding can be altered or swapped, without approval for display on the site – unless automatic checking methods are used by the site)
    e) image file sizes to be kept small

    Being able to insert images would be handy for screenshots to show problems, mock-ups of page views/layouts, prototyping elements such as buttons and design of icons (to assist developers on faster development cycles).

    There could eventually be a feature that allows selected images within a topic to all be shown at once. This would be helpful for side-by-side comparison, and discussion.

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  • Moderator James Huff

    (@macmanx)

    Volunteer Moderator πŸš€

    That would involve WordPress.org opening up space to store user images, which costs money, and therefore is not really an option.

    WordPress is free software, backed by a non-profit that only accepts donations, and developed and supported by volunteers, so the limited money on hand is best spent elsewhere (like keeping WordPress.org itself running and subsidizing WordCamps).

    If folks want to share images with their topics (like screenshots), there are plenty of third-party image hosting services to use, including their own sites.

    Philip Ingram

    (@pingram3541)

    Thx James!

    “That would involve WordPress.org opening up space to store user images, which costs money, and therefore is not really an option.”

    Why not consider allowing us to embed these external resources like most modern forums? No storage space needed. What am I missing? You only mention costs of extra storage space but didn’t comment on why embedding is prohibited or just not a visible option.

    Additionally you went on to seeminlgy suggest we can embed right now using our own sites…

    “If folks want to share images with their topics (like screenshots), there are plenty of third-party image hosting services to use, including their own sites.”

    How do we go about this? I don’t see any tools to add images into this editor as I type this. Are there additional capabilities we just don’t see? i.e. hidden kitchen sink

    Moderator James Huff

    (@macmanx)

    Volunteer Moderator πŸš€

    Why not consider allowing us to embed these external resources like most modern forums?

    You can currently embed from Imgur. The Meta Team is considering allowing other embed sources, but there are much higher priority items right now. Embeds are only provided on a whitelist basis due to security concerns.

    If the image is uploaded somewhere other than Imgur, nothing will stop you from linking to it, it simply won’t embed.

    You only mention costs of extra storage space but didn’t comment on why embedding is prohibited or just not a visible option.

    Embedding content from a third party was not mentioned in the original request, I simply addressed the request itself.

    Thank you for bringing that up!

    Additionally you went on to seeminlgy suggest we can embed right now using our own sites. How do we go about this?

    1. Upload your image via Media -> Add New in your site’s Dashboard: https://codex.wordpress.org/Uploading_Files#To_Upload_a_File_for_Later_Use

    2. Click on the file in the Media library.

    3. Copy the File URL to the right.

    4. Link to the File URL in your forum post.

    MKSnMKS

    (@mksnmks)

    Do any of us think this sounds easy?

    The instructions would be very handy if made available while in an editor.
    Perhaps looks like a button that inserts and image (which function it may perform eventually in future, but for now) opens up a text box with the instructions of how to go about referencing an externally hosted image.

    I had originally thought that it was possible some how to embed an image in the topic. But this functionality is not available, and sounds like it is actually prohibited/inhibited. So thank you Philip Ingram (@pingram3541), for attempting to explore some method of work-around to obtain similar functionality, even to little avail.

    The lack of ability to easily convey concepts and events related to graphics matters, has an impact on all aspects of any core, plugin or theme discussion and ability to innovate in relation to GUI. This is low priority, and can wait.

    The instructions given above appear to be the method for uploading an image to a wordpress site, rather than for this wordpress.org site.

    Philip Ingram

    (@pingram3541)

    My apologies @macmanx, I was not clear. I’d like to know if it is possible to embed images within these wordpress.org forums and if so, where might we find information on how to go about it. I’ve been around these parts for a while now and I recall more options in the past than we have now.

    I agree with @mksnmks, there are many great use cases that I think outweigh the concerns of abuse and if the ability is already here, it’s not very easy to be in the know about it. Thanks for letting us open this forum with you btw.

    Moderator James Huff

    (@macmanx)

    Volunteer Moderator πŸš€

    Do any of us think this sounds easy?

    I don’t either, but until a developer has time available to first get through all of the higher priority issues, then time to work on this, we have what we have. Everyone here is a volunteer, that means all of the work they contribute is on their free time.

    The lack of ability to easily convey concepts and events related to graphics matters, has an impact on all aspects of any core, plugin or theme discussion and ability to innovate in relation to GUI.

    In comparison to the actual bugs being worked on, this isn’t a big issue for us. Plenty of folks have found their own ways to share screenshots here. I see it myself many times each day.

    The instructions given above appear to be the method for uploading an image to a wordpress site, rather than for this wordpress.org site.

    That is correct. As mentioned, WordPress.org will not be opening up disk space for everyone to upload their images here. That certainly doesn’t stop you from uploading the images to your own site and sharing the link to them here.

    I’d like to know if it is possible to embed images within these wordpress.org forums.

    Currently, we only support embeds from https://imgur.com/

    Simply insert the Imgur link into your forum post, and it will magically embed, just like how inserting a YouTube link into a WordPress post embeds that YouTube video.

    Even though we only support embeds from Imgur at this time, nothing will stop you from linking to an image that was uploaded elsewhere, it simply won’t embed.

    there are many great use cases that I think outweigh the concerns of abuse

    Speaking from 13 years of experience on that, the possibility of having your browser or computer hijacked by malware from an “image embed” is exactly why we only allow embeds on a whitelist basis. Imgur has very solid security protocols on their end, which is why they were the first to trust here.

    But, just to re-state the point, even though we only support embeds from Imgur at this time, nothing will stop you from linking to an image that was uploaded elsewhere, it simply won’t embed.

    Philip Ingram

    (@pingram3541)

    Perfect, thx James I don’t mind using Imgur, in fact I pasted an Imgur link earlier today in another thread but I’m not seeing the magical embed – https://wordpress.org/support/topic/other-documentation/

    Good to know, once we know how to make it work, and thank you for sharing your free the time with us.

    Moderator James Huff

    (@macmanx)

    Volunteer Moderator πŸš€

    For it to embed, it will have the be on its own line, with no text or extra HTML around it, just like how embeds work in WordPress.

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