Traditionally, you might associate WP Media Folder, or WordPress itself, with locally-uploaded media files. However, that is all set to change with the introduction of WP Media Folder 4.2, which, among others, now supports remote videos as valid media files.
Videos are a great medium to show something in action, or to explain a concept using not just images, but also audio. It is therefore no surprise that today, videos seen as a driving force in social media and blogs. Thanks to WP Media Folder, managing your videos has become much easier and efficient.
If you’re venturing into content creation, but still want to retain your blog, or if you want to explain a concept using a video you have found online, WP Media Folder now allows you to embed these videos right into your WordPress posts and pages. These videos act just like any other media files, but they are not hosted directly on your WordPress website, thus saving you space on your server.
Adding a remote video is an extremely simple procedure. When you choose to add media, you will notice a new option - remote video. Pressing this button allows you to specify a link to a video that is hosted remotely, such as on YouTube.
The videos themselves are not irreversible. In fact, like images and other media files on WordPress, they can be replaced with brand new files. Alternatively, WP Media Folder allows you to update the link itself, and thus changing the video without having to remove it and re-adding the new one.
This can be done by navigating to the remote video in your media library and clicking on it. The information panel of such videos has a new section, which includes the original URL to the video. From this page, changing the remote video is as simple as providing the new link, but the burning question on your minds is probably how to embed these videos.
Embedding these remote videos is as simple as navigating to your media library and selecting the video in question. Sounds familiar? That’s because it is the same procedure you would use for any other media file!
What’s more, WP Media Folder goes a step farther with remote videos, and allows WordPress content creators to include them even if they are not in the media library. In fact, you can skip adding the remote video to your media library altogether, and just insert the URL into your post or page - WP Media Folder will automatically detect the remote video and embed it for you.
As a website grows, so does the number of media files stored on the server. Organization is key in optimizing your workflow to save as much time as possible. One way to do that is ensuring that files are exactly where you expect them to be, and WP Media Folder 4.2 offers this possibility.
One of the newest additions to WP Media Folder is the possibility to segregate media files into folders belonging to users, or user roles. In practice this means that when a user uploads a new media file to the WordPress media library, it is stored in their folder, or a folder representing their role.
There are two main components to WP Media Folder’s folder system, which can be set up from the media access & design tab. Firstly, enable media access by user or user role. Secondly, choose the granularity of user access - whether by role, or by user - and choose the folder under which the new directories will be created.
WP Media Folder 4.2 also introduces a new way to protect your media library on WordPress. This is no stranger to artists, and a measure that allows you to safeguard your files from unsolicited usage on other websites - watermarks.
Watermarks are based on simple images that can be defined from your WP Media Folder settings, under the files & folders tab. Firstly, make sure you switch on images watermark, and then choose the actual image to use. You can then define the watermark’s position on images, and on what types of images it should be applied.
As you might recall, WP Media Folder recently saw the inclusion of an auto-renaming feature for files, which automatically removes certain characters from media filenames. At the top of this same page you will notice that new characters have been introduced to this feature, including numbers.
Organization, range of media and access security are just some of the ingredients that make for a great media library. With WP Media Folder you can now enrich your WordPress blog with videos, and simultaneously ensure the smooth running of your website with finer control.