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EP401 – Reimagining The WordPress Media Library
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This week on WPwatercooler we discuss the future of the Media Library with Helen Hou-Sandí and Joe McGill. “How do you fix the media library when people don’t understand filesystems?” We’ve talked about the Media Library in WordPress quite a bit and when we saw Helen’s tweet we just had to reach out. Joining us is Joe McGill who is one of the Media Library component maintainers. If you have been wanting more from the Media Library we hope this conversation helps with that.

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Jason Adams

I think Steve hit the nail on the head. There are lofty features such as AI search that we can easily agree is not achievable in a distributable way. What is achievable, however, is working away from the one-size-fits-all data model of WordPress — in this case, that media is just another post type. It has bizarre results (i.e. an attachment page that I’ve literally never heard of being used) and unfortunate limitations (poorly searchable and held back by postmeta scaling).

Taking steps towards discreet media tables would be a solid step forward towards at least making media first-class citizen of WP that is inherently performant and ready to be independently extended by plugins.

As a bonus, taking the opportunity to begin to regard database tables and models as first class citizens could really help make this a reality: query builder, database migrations, and so forth.

Just some friendly musing. 🙂

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