Managing files in your Media Library

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All media files, such as images, video, audio and documents, that you’ve ever uploaded to posts or pages are listed in your media library.

This is where you can manage all existing media files or upload new files (Media > Add New) directly to your blog without having to start a new post or page.

Media Library

Upload Space

Your Storage ‘Space Used’ is displayed on your Dashboard on the This Blog widget is based on all the files in your media library.

Storage space allowance on Edublogs blogs is:

  1. 32 MB free Edublogs blogs
  2. 500 MB upgraded student blogs (student blog attached attached to a Pro via My Class)
  3. 10 GB Edublogs Pro blogs and Edublogs Campus blogs

If you plan to upload numerous audio, video or large files to your blog you will need to increase your storage ‘space allowed’ by becoming an Edublogs Pro.

Please note:

  • Deleting posts or pages doesn’t reduce your storage space used!
  • To free up storage space you need to delete files not associated with posts and pages directly from your media library (Media > Library) and then contact Edublogs support to reset your storage space.

This blog widget

About Your Media Library

By default your media library displays all file types.  You can choose to view images only, audio only or video only by clicking on the appropriate link.

Alternatively you can filter media types by date or search media files using specific keywords.

Media Library

Media Library Video Tutorial

Hovering your mouse over a file name brings up the Edit, Delete, and View action links below the title.

Media Action links

Edit

If you click Edit, the Edit Media page loads, allowing you to change the default Title, Caption, and Description.

It also shows the file URL .

Click on Edit link

After making any changes remember to click the Update button.

Edit Media page

The following image settings can be changed:

  • Title - Image title to be displayed when the image attachment page is viewed.
  • Alternative text – displayed when images don’t load.
  • Caption – displayed when a caption is added.
  • Description – information you want displayed when an image is viewed on it’s attachment page.

The following image settings can’t be changed:

  • File name – name of your file. If you want this changed you need to rename the file on  your computer before uploading.
  • File type – Automatically displayed based on the file type you uploaded.
  • Upload date – date the image was uploaded.
  • Dimensions – width and height of the original image.

Edit Image

The Edit Image button launches the Edit Image page where you can preform basic editing (crop, rotate, flip and re-size).

Click on Edit Image

The Edit Image page looks like the following:

Edit image screen

Cropping

Cropping allows you to remove any unwanted portion from an image that you have upload ed to your media library.

1.  Click and drag your mouse to select the portion of image you want to keep.

Select the area you want to keep

2.  Click on the Crop icon.

Click on Crop

3.  Your cropped image loads.

Cropped image

4.  Select which images the changes are applied to.  You can apply it to all sizes, thumbnail only or All sizes except for Thumbnail.

Select which images it applies to

5.  Click Save if you are happy with the results.

The crop image isn’t saved unless you click Save.

Click Save

Rotating

You can rotate an image in your media library clockwise or counter-clockwise using the rotate icons.   Click Save if you are happy with the results.

Rotate image

Flipping

You can flip an image in your media library horizontally or vertically using the flip icons.   Click Save if you are happy with the results.

Flip image

Resizing

You can resize any image in your Media Library smaller using the Scale Image editing option.  Scaling should be done prior to any cropping, rotating or flipping of the image.

1.  Click on Scale Image.

Click on Scale Image

2.  Add your preferred width (first field) and the height (second field) automatically adjusts.

Add the width

3.  Click Scale.

Click on Scale

Undo and Redo

The undo and redo icons allows you to undo or redo previous edits.

Undo and Redo

Restore Original Image

Restore Original Image can be used to restore the original image that you initially uploaded to your media library.

When you open a previously edited image in editing mode you’ll see a Restore Original Image Link.   Clicking on Restore image button reverts the image back to the original form.

Click on Restore

Delete Permanently 

Clicking the action link Delete Permanently removes that file from your blog and deletes it. Be careful! Once deleted you can’t undelete a file.

Delete Permanently link

If the file you delete was in a post or page, it will no longer be available for your readers.

For example, if you delete an image that is being used in a post then the image will no longer display in the post.

Deleting an image

View

When you click on View under an image in your Media library it takes you to your image attachment page – a page set up specially designed to display the image with all image details.  Appearance of the attachment page varies depending on your theme.

View link

Here’s an example of an attachment page.

Attachment page

Uploading Files

By clicking Add New in the Media menu you can upload image, audio, video and other files to your Media Library without having to start a new post or page.

This is handy for uploading files that you want link to using text widget or links widget in your sidebar.

This method can be used to upload any file provided:

  • It is an allowed file format Allowed file formats on Edublogs Include: jpg jpeg png gif doc pdf mp3 ppt wmv mp4 xls ins isf te xbk notebook m4a ist kmz kes mov flp avi swf wxr xml wav fjsw docx pptx xlsx xml m4v max kmz zip
  • The file is not larger than 32 MB.
  • You have adequate blog storage space available.  Your storage space allowance is displayed on your This Blog module in your dashboard.

It’s as simple as:

1.  Click on Media > Add New.

Add New

2.  On the Upload Media page click on the Select Files to choose a file from your computer to upload.

You can drag and drop files from your computer into the Drop files here if you are using a web browser that supports HTML 5 (such as the latest version of Chrome, FireFox or Safari).

Select files to upload

3.  Locate the file(s) on your hard drive

4.  Click Open to start uploading the file

5.  While your file(s) are uploading you will see a progress bar.

6.  When a file has finished uploading, you will see a Edit link on the right.

Edit link

7.  Clicking on the Edit link will allow you to edit the TitleCaption, and Description for a file

8.  You can also copy the File URL location.  This is what you use to link to the file in Text widgets, links (via Links > Add New) and posts (or pages).

Edit media page

9.  Once you’ve completed all edits click Update.

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