Enhances the media library; powerful [mla_gallery] [mla_tag_cloud] [mla_term_list], taxonomy support, IPTC/EXIF/XMP/PDF processing, bulk/quick edit..
The media library assistant provides several enhancements for managing the Media Library, including:
[mla_gallery] shortcode, used in a post, page or custom post type to add a gallery of images and/or other media library items (such as PDF documents). MLA Gallery is a superset of the WordPress
[gallery] shortcode; it is compatible with
[gallery] and provides many enhancements. These include: 1) full query and display support for WordPress categories, tags, custom taxonomies and custom fields, 2) support for all post_mime_type values, not just images 3) media library items need not be “attached” to the post, and 4) control over the styles, markup and content of each gallery using style and Markup Templates. Twenty-eight hooks are provided for complete gallery customization from your theme or plugin code.
[mla_tag_cloud] shortcode, used in a post, page, custom post type or widget to display the “most used” terms in your Media Library where the size of each term is determined by how many times that particular term has been assigned to Media Library items. Twenty-five hooks are provided for complete cloud customization from your theme or plugin code.
[mla_term_list] shortcode, used in a post, page, custom post type or widget to display hierarchical (and flat) taxonomy terms in list, dropdown control or checklist formats. Twenty hooks are provided for complete list customization from your theme or plugin code.
Support for WPML and Polylang multi-language cms plugins. MLA has earned a place on WPML’s List of Recommended Plugins.
Integrates with Photonic Gallery, Jetpack and other plugins, so you can add slideshows, thumbnail strips and special effects to your
Works with wordpress real media library: media library folder & file manager (Lite and Pro) to organize your files into folders, collections and galleries. This combination enhances both the Media/assistant admin submenu and the
Powerful Content Templates, which let you compose a value from multiple data sources, mix literal text with data values, test for empty values and choose among two or more alternatives or suppress output entirely.
Attachment metadata such as file size, image dimensions and where-used information can be assigned to wordpress custom fields. You can then use the custom fields in your
[mla_gallery] display and you can add custom fields as sortable, searchable columns in the Media/assistant submenu table. You can also modify the WordPress
_wp_attachment_metadata contents to suit your needs.
IPTC, EXIF (including GPS), XMP and PDF metadata can be assigned to standard wordpress fields, taxonomy terms and custom fields. You can update all existing attachments from the settings page iptc/EXIF tab, groups of existing attachments with a bulk action or one existing attachment from the edit media/edit single item screen. Display IPTC, EXIF, XMP and PDF metadata with
[mla_gallery] custom templates. Twelve hooks provided for complete mapping customization from your theme or plugin code.
Complete control over post mime types, file upload extensions/MIME Types and file type icon images. Fifty four (54) additional upload types, 112 file type icon images and a searchable list of over 1,500 file extension/mime type associations.
enhanced search media box. Search can be extended to the name/slug, ALT text and caption fields. The connector between search terms can be “and” or “or”. Search by attachment ID or Parent ID is supported, and you can search on keywords in the taxonomy terms assigned to Media Library items. Works in the media manager modal window, too.
Where-used reporting shows which posts use a media item as the “featured image”, an inserted image or link, an entry in a
[gallery] and/or an entry in an
Complete support for ALL taxonomies, including the standard Categories and Tags, your custom taxonomies and the Assistant’s pre-defined Att. Categories and Att. Tags. You can add taxonomy columns to the Assistant listing, filter on any taxonomy, assign terms and list the attachments for a term.
Taxonomy and custom field support in the attachment details pane of the Media Manager Modal Window and Media/library grid view.
An inline “bulk edit” area; update author, parent and custom fields, add, remove or replace taxonomy terms for several attachments at once. Works on the Media/add new screen as well.
An inline “Quick Edit” action for many common fields and for custom fields
Displays more attachment information such as parent information, file URL and image metadata. Provides many more listing columns (more than 20) to choose from.
Allows you to edit the post_parent, the menu_order and to “unattach” items
Provides additional view filters for MIME types and taxonomies, and features to cmpose custom views of your own.
Works with the popular admin columns plugins for even more Media/assistant screen customization.
The Assistant is designed to work like the standard media library pages, so the learning curve is short and gentle. Contextual help is provided on every new screen to highlight new features.
I do not solicit nor accept personal donations in support of the plugin. WordPress and its global community means a lot to me and I am happy to give something back.
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In this section, scroll down to see highlights from the documentation, including new and unique plugin features
NOTE: Complete documentation is included in the Documentation tab on the Settings/media library assistant admin screen and the drop-down “Help” content in the admin screens.
Media Library Assistant includes many images drawn (with permission) from the crystal project icons, created by Everaldo Coelho, founder of Yellowicon.
Many thanks to Aurovrata Venet, Il’ya Karastel and Kristian Adolfsson for testing and advising on the multilingual support features!
The mla example plugins have been developed to illustrate practical applications that use the hooks mla provides to enhance the admin-mode screens and front-end content produced by the MLA shortcodes. Most of the examples are drawn from topics in the mla support forum.
The Documentation/example plugins submenu lets you browse the list of MLA example plugins, install or update them in the Plugins/installed plugins area and see which examples you have already installed. To activate, deactivate or delete the plugins you must go to the Plugins/installed plugins admin submenu.
The example plugins submenu lists all of the MLA example plugins and identifies those already in the Installed Plugins area. In the submenu:
Once you have installed an example plugin you can use the WordPress Plugins/Editor submenu to view the source code and (with extreme caution) make small changes to the code. Be very careful if you choose to modify the code! Making changes to active plugins is not recommended. If your changes cause a fatal error, the plugin will be automatically deactivated. It is much safer to download the file(s) or use ftp access to your site to modify the code offline in a more robust HTML/PHP editor.
You can use the “Download” rollover action to download a plugin to your local system. Once you have made your modifications you can copy the plugin to a compressed file (ZIP archive) and then upload it to your server with the Plugins/Add New (Upload Plugin) admin submenu.
If you do make changes to the example plugin code the best practice is to save the modified file(s) under a different name, so your changes won’t be lost in a future update. If you want to retain the file name, consider changing the version number, e.g. adding 100 to the MLA value, so you can more easily identify the plugins you have modified.
[mla_term_list] shortcode function displays hierarchical taxonomy terms in a variety of formats; link lists, dropdown controls and checkbox lists. The list works with both flat (e.g., Att. Tags) and hierarchical taxonomies (e.g., Att. Categories) mla term list enhancements for lists and controls include:
[mla_term_list] shortcode has many parameters and some of them have a complex syntax; it can be a challenge to build a correct shortcode. The wordpress shortcode api has a number of limitations that make techniques such as entering HTML or splitting shortcode parameters across multiple lines difficult. Read and follow the rules and guidelines in the “Entering Long/Complex Shortcodes” Documentation section to get the results you want.
Many of the
[mla_term_list] concepts and shortcode parameters are modeled after the [mla_gallery] and [mla_tag_cloud] shortcodes, so the learning curve is shorter. Differences and parameters unique to the list are given in the sections below.
The Admin Columns plugin allows you to customize columns on several admin-mode screens, including the mla media/assistant submenu screen. All you have to do is install the plugin; MLA will detect its presence and automatically register the Media/Assistant submenu screen for support. With Admin Columns, you can:
When Admin Columns is present you will see a new “Edit Columns” button just above the Media/Assistant submenu table. Click the button to go to the Settings/admin columns configuration screen. There you will see “Media Library Assistant” added to the “Others:” list. Click on it to see the configuration of the Media/Assistant submenu screen.
You can find detailed configuration instructions at the admin columns web site documentation page.
When you have completed your configuration changes, click “Update Media Library Assistant” in the store settings metabox at the top-right of the screen. You can also click “Restore Media Library Assistant columns” to remove your changes and go back to the mla default settings. Click the “View” button at the right of the media library assistant heading to return to the Media/Assistant submenu screen and see your changes.
Media Library Assistant provides integrates support for two popular “Multilanguage/ Multilingual/ Internationalization” plugins; WPML and Polylang. These plugins let you write posts and pages in multiple languages and make it easy for a visitor to select the language in which to view your site. MLA works with the plugins to make language-specific media library items easy to create and manage.
MLA detects the presence of either plugin and automatically adds several features that work with them:
Items, Translations and Terms
Each Media Library item can have one or more “translations”. The item translations are linked and they use the same file in the Media Library. The linkage lets us know that “¡Hola Mundo!” (Spanish), “Bonjour Monde” (French) and “Hello world!” (English) are all translations of the same post/page. Post/page translation is optional; some posts/pages may not be defined for all languages. The language of the first translation entered for a post/page is noted as the “source language”.
Taxonomy terms can also have one or more translations, which are also linked. The linkage lets us know that “Accesorio Categoría” (Spanish), “Catégorie Attachement” (French) and “Attachment Category” (English) are all translations of the same term. Term translation is optional; some terms may not be defined for all languages. The language of the first translation entered for a term is noted as the “source language”.
When an item is uploaded to the Media Library it is assigned to the current language (note: avoid uploading items when you are in “All Languages”/”Show all languages” mode; bad things happen). WPML provides an option to duplicate the new item in all active languages; Polylang does not. MLA makes it easy to add translations to additional languages with the Translations column on the Media/Assistant submenu table. For Polylang, mla provides quick translate and bulk translate actions as well.
Assigning language-specific terms to items with multiple translations can be complex. MLA’s Term Assignment logic assures that every term you assign on any of the editing screens (Media/add new bulk edit, Media/Edit, Media/assistant quick edit and Bulk Edit, media manager attachment details pane) will be matched to the language of each item and translation. MLA’s Term Synchronization logic ensures that changes made in one translation are replicated to all other translations that have an equivalent language-specific term.
[mla_gallery] shortcode selects items using the WordPress
WP_Query class. Both WPML and Polylang use the hooks provided by
WP_Query to return items in the current language. If you use taxonomy parameters in your shortcode you must make sure that the term name, slug or other value is in the same language as the post/page in which it is embedded. This is easily done when the post/page content is translated from one language to another.
[mla_tag_cloud] shortcode selects terms using the WordPress
wpdb class. mla adds language qualifiers to the database queries that compose the cloud so all terms displated are appropriate for the current language. No special coding or shortcode modification is required.
Media/Assistant submenu table
Two columns are added to the table when WPML or Polylang is active:
When Polylang is active, several additional features are available:
Taxonomy terms are language-specific, and making sure the right terms are assigned to all items and translations can be a challenge. Terms can change when an item is updated in any of five ways:
When terms change in any of the above ways there are two tasks that require rules:
media-library-assistant and its subfolders to your
/wp-content/plugins/ directory, OR Visit the Plugins/Add New page and search for “Media Library Assistant”; click “Install Now” to upload it
Activate the plugin through the “Plugins” menu in WordPress
Visit the Settings/Media Library Assistant page to customize taxonomy (e.g., category and tag) support
Visit the Settings/Media Library Assistant Custom Fields and IPTC/EXIF tabs to map metadata to attachment fields
Visit the “Assistant” submenu in the Media admin section
Click the Screen Options link to customize the display
Use the enhanced Edit, Quick Edit and Bulk Edit pages to assign categories and tags
[mla_gallery] shortcode to add galleries of images, documents and more to your posts and pages
[mla_term_list] shortcodes to add clickable lists of taxonomy terms to your posts and pages
Here is the Media Library Assistant wordpress plugin download link you can download and install to your Wordpress Website.
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