How to Use the Media Library in WordPress

One of the main areas of WordPress you’ll want to understand before getting started is the media library. The media library is basically a giant folder where all of your images, pdfs, audio, and video are stored. Although truth be told you probably won’t be storing much audio or video as most of the time those files are too large to be uploaded into the media library. There is a 10mb upload limit set by default.  You can update the max-upload size to help accommodate video but that will not be covered in the scope of this article.

To upload an item into your media library, you can either go directly to your media library or click the “add media” button when editing a post. If you click the media link in the sidebar (shown below) you will be taken into the media library.

Media Library Tab

Once inside the media library you’ll notice there are a few options to sort your media at the top of the page. You can sort by type or by date by simply clicking the option in the corresponding dropdown menu.

Media Library Types

If you’d like add a new item to the media library, you simply click the blue add new button shown below.

Media Library Fiters

Once you click the add new button, you should seed the window expand to reveal  an option to upload an image. You can click “select files” and navigate to the media item you’d like to upload OR you can simply drag and drop the image into the dotted area to upload. As you can see here the maximum image upload size is 10 megabytes.

Media library upload

Once your image has finished uploading, you’ll have the opportunity to add what is called meta-data into various text fields (show below). This information may be used by different plugins and search engines. Although it is not required you fill them in, it’s not a bad idea. For example, many image gallery plugins use the image title and the image caption. Also, your Alt (or alternate) text is important for SEO (search engine optimization) as well as people with disabilities. It allows screen readers tell the visually disabled what your image is about. Maybe you have a pie chart that shows your product has a 95% user satisfaction rating. Without appropriate alt text, visually impaired individuals wouldn’t know about your user rating!


Once your image is loaded in your media library, you can add it basically anywhere on your site! Also once an image is uploaded, it is given a unique URL. So if you’d like to send a link of a .pdf rate card to a client, all you’d have to do is copy and paste the media link (the field shown above that says URL) and send it to your client via email, text, twitter, or whatever!

What is the best CMS? WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal?

What is the best CMS (Content Management System)? There are a lot of opinions on this topic right now, which can make it difficult to know what is the right option for your business. In this blog, I’ll be discussing the top three CMS platforms: WordPress, Joomla, & Drupal.

First off, let me start by saying all of these CMS platforms are incredible! In my opinion there isn’t a clear best CMS, there is only a CMS that is the best for your business. They are all open source (meaning free!) and they all have very active and friendly developer communities where you can go for help if you need it.


WordPress is by far the most popular of the three CMS platforms boasting 140 million+ downloads. It has the largest developer community and the most free plugins (30,000+ including WooCommerce and BuddyPress ) and themes (2,000+). About half of the web today runs on WordPress from the Wall Street Journal and BBC to Snoop Dogg and the Rolling Stones. WordPress is by far the simplest platform for non-technical users to learn and manage. Simply put, if you can use Microsoft Word you can use WordPress. It’s ease of use is great for smaller to midsize companies and clients with limited resources who need to be able to monitor and maintain their websites in-house rather than pay an expensive agency or a dedicated webmaster. If this sounds like you, this may be the best CMS for you. WordPress is powerful, fast to set up (about 5 minutes), easy to maintain, and has the largest support community on the web.


Joomla runs a distant second in popularity when compared to WordPress at around 30 million+ downloads but don’t count it out. While WordPress is incredibly easy to use, that ease of use comes at a price. It simply is not as versatile or as powerful as Joomla. Joomla balances ease of use with functionality, making it quite powerful and customizable. It’s no wonder why Harvard and Linux have both chosen Joomla as their CMS of choice. Joomla takes slightly more time to setup and maintain than WordPress but it is still fairly user-friendly and shouldn’t be ignored. If you’re looking for a bit more functionality and don’t mind a little longer setup and slightly less intuitive features then Joomla may be the best CMS for you. Note: Hourly rates tend to run slightly higher for Joomla than WordPress but are fairly comparable.


Pure and simple, Drupal is a POWERHOUSE. The versatility and capabilities of Drupal makes it a huge favorite in the developer community. If you’re looking for versatility and extensibility, WordPress and Joomla don’t even compare. Drupal has the advanced options and features you’ll need if you’re trying to build some pretty robust and complicated functionality. The drawback to Drupal is that it takes a bit more expertise and know how to develop on, so be prepared to pay a much higher hourly rate for development. Perhaps this is why active downloads are so much lower than WordPress and Joomla at only 15 million+. For small to mid-size businesses that need ease of use and basic functionality, I would say Drupal is definitely overkill. But if you’re interested in building the next Twitter, or eBay (both of whom use Drupal) and have extra development dollars to spend, this is the best CMS you could ask for!

What does Bright Brain Media use? We use WordPress and only develop in WordPress. We cater specifically to small and mid-size companies and therefore the advanced features you might get with Joomla & Drupal simply aren’t needed. It’s the best CMS for our customers because WordPress is easier to use, faster to setup, and cheaper to build.

For more information on the difference between WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal; I encourage you to check out this article from or this article from