WordPress Wishlist: Media

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By Michael Fields

Today I saw that WooThemes posted a survey which asked the public to: Tell us how you’re using WordPress & what would make it better. I find surveys like these to be really useful because they can serve as a catalyst for positive growth.

I filled it out and after all of the basic survey-style questions, I was asked the following:

If Santa could bring you any new features / changes for WordPress for Christmas, what would you put on your wishlist?

To this I answered:

Moar Media Goodness!!!

  • A way to separate “assets” from “content” in the Media Library.
  • Automatic side-loading of media from the Media Uploader.
  • A straight-forward API enabling use of the Media Upload Modal in extensions.
  • The ability for a theme to define multiple types of images like Logo, Custom Header, Body Background, Content Background, etc. We have two of these already, but IMHO it would be awesome if themes could define more than these two.
  • The ability for a theme to easily asign multiple background image options that a use can choose.

Just wondering if you took the survey too … If so, what is on your WordPress wishlist?

10 Comments Comments are closed

  1. Mark McWilliams November 27, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    While I’ve yet to take the survey, more Media Goodness would be good! :)

  2. Egill November 27, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Also took the survey, I have the following wishlist:

    1. mobile support out of the box
    2. improved media handling (pretty much the points above)
    3. improved widget interface (it’s a bit awkward as it is, would also love to export widget settings)
    4. possibility to easily support more webservers than apache out of the box (nginx, cherokee, lighttpd, IIS etc) – some kind of server support plugins

    … and other stuff I don’t remember atm :)

  3. Chuck Reynolds November 28, 2011 at 4:37 am

    here’s what I put…

    – better media handler w/ content and different media types.. assets diff from media etc.
    – admin responsive UI working ;)
    – more WP core hooks for theme builders… if it was more like a framework itself – do the math.
    – ability to make a Post Format the default for posts (if you have a podcast site.. default post format is audio etc). should be in general > writing settings
    – ability to relate one CPT taxonomy to another CPT taxonomy, posts to posts. (better for cms sites)
    – custom meta box library abstracted for better plugin/cpt meta box use. (better for cms sites)
    – remove theme/plugin editor, allow it to be added like an importer but editor would be a REAL editor not just plain text box. not every site/user needs it so this should handle that.
    – this one is… tricky but… large database type sites can’t be build on WP… they could potentially but it’s a lot more work to build in WP than say custom from code igniter. Building say one intake form of data, possibly by gravity forms, there’s no easy way to interact with custom data in the admin. Or otherwise having a major catalog of data to manage on the backend… there’s no real good way to do that without building a massive plugin at which point it’s easier to manage/handle big data in a custom app. Not sure the solution here but the better WP becomes a CMS the closer we get to having this ability. This is one big area (along w/ medium-big commerce) where WP fails and what I don’t use it for.

  4. Thomas Scholz November 28, 2011 at 4:48 am

    My notes:

    I wish the backend were accessible. I need a self-written plugin just to fix the layout problems for big font sizes.
    Admin-themes would be great, more contrast by default, flexible font size settings.

    Opened menus should stay open until the user closes them. This is a regression in 3.3.

  5. Jeremy November 28, 2011 at 11:27 am

    My answer was “3.3”. It packs so many good new features, and I will be happy if it ships before Christmas!

    But I completely agree with you on media features. My coding skills are not advanced enough for a patch to core, but I have been meaning to make some proposals to improve the_post_thumbnail for quite a while already. I loved it when this feature came out, I use it a lot, and there is still room for improvement in my opinion.

  6. Rachel Nabors November 30, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    You know what I want:
    Thumbnails for custom taxonomies! Gimme gimme!

    And a way for WP to track your cropping coordinates so if you have to batch re-process a bunch of cropped thumbnails to a different size, you don’t have to wade through and recrop everything. Seems… handy.

  7. Jonathan December 7, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    The one thing I’ve really been waiting for, is a way to organize my attachments.

    for example, a “logos” folder, a “banners” folder, or a “screenshots” folder etc.

    It’s such a pain to have to search each time, rather than being able to go to a specific folder of media attachments and choose from there.

  8. Arpit Jacob December 8, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I wish something like the “Option Tree” for themes were a part of the core.


  9. Ben Huson December 8, 2011 at 2:06 pm


    Well I think Michael’s taxonomy images plugin does a pretty good job of that… ;)

    I like better taxonomy support for media, like how it just works for posts. If you register a taxonomy for ‘attachment’ it doesn’t automatically create any of the admin UI like it does for posts.

    You could then easily use taxonomies to create image galleries that are completely independent of posts (think categories of images).

  10. Ja December 11, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Ben thats exactly what i wished for too. Im using a plugin from wpmu to get the attachment taxonomy but as you say its not the same UI at all. I,m building a site for a friend with a geneology site and the taxonomy is invaluable for organizing the photos but im still defeated by pagination. grrrr

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