Tag: Media Library

How to Control Featured Image Permissions in WordPress

Featured Image

A couple of PublishPress users have asked us about the “Featured Image” feature in WordPress.

We have already talked about forcing users to add featured images and how to control the size of featured images.

These users wanted to know if it is possible to control who can add featured images to content. Yes, you can control this in WordPress, although it's not entirely straightforward.

This image below shows where you will see the “Featured Image” box when editing a post:

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What is the upload_files permission in WordPress?

Upload Files

The “upload_files” capability is one of the most important in WordPress.

If users don’t have the “upload_files” capability, they completely lose access to the Media Library. They can’t upload files or even browse media on your site.

If users do not have the “upload_files” capability, this image below shows what they will see when they use an image block in Gutenberg. They will see the message, “Given your current role, you can only link an image, you cannot upload.”

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How to Use the Enable Media Replace Plugin

It can be a complicated process to replace images and media files in WordPress. The Enable Media Replace plugin enables you to quickly upload replacement images.

What is complex about the default process? For example, if you want to replace an image in a WordPress post, you have to do the following:

  • Access the Media Library.
  • Delete the old image.
  • Upload a new image
  • Edit the post.
  • Link the image to the post again.

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How to Force WordPress Posts to Have Featured Images

Force Posts

Many WordPress themes rely on Featured Images, but they can be a mystery to many users.

What exactly is a Featured Image in WordPress?

A Featured Image represents the mood, or theme of your Post. If you're writing a post about Lego, the featured image should probably be an image of Lego bricks.

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