Today we’re taking a look at the WP Real Media Plugin for WordPress. It adds the ability to create folders, collections, and gallaries in WordPress. 90% of the functionality takes place on the Media tab of the wp-admin panel. This is roughly what it looks like when you go ahead and boot it up.
As you can see, it adds all the new functionality over on the left. This includes the add buttons and standard functions like move and rename. You can drag and drop images into folders and galleries that you’ve created. What’s the difference?
Folders can contain any file and collections but not galleries directly. Collections can contain only galleries of images. Image galleries contain solely images and can be placed in posts as a shortcode. Without that extra functionality, collections and galleries would be kind of pointless. However, adding image galleries to posts is one of the highlights of this plugin. It’s relatively simple to add them as well.
Once you have a gallery setup, you can go into a new or old post and add it with a shortcode button that WP Real Media Plugin adds. At least with the Voice Theme by Meks, it seems to integrate well out of the box without extra CSS code.
That’s about all there is to WP Real Media Plugin. It’s a simple plugin but it adds functionality that WordPress should probably have anyway. The ability to organize media definitely can be useful. There’s two situations where I would see this plugin be very useful. One is for any site that has large amounts of content. It may be able to help them sift through images to find what they need. The other is for sites that directly upload lots of audio or video. You can put those items in folders so the ability to separate different types of media could be useful. You could also make the case that it would be worth it for users who want a slick lightbox display for photo galleries but not every site needs that.