Add external images to the media library without importing, i.e. uploading them to your WordPress site.
|Author:||Zhixiang Zhu (profile at wordpress.org)|
|WordPress version required:||4.7.4|
|WordPress version tested:||4.8.1|
|Added to WordPress repository:||02-06-2017|
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Click 'Add External Media without Import' button in the media upload panel.
Enter the url of the external media you'd like to add to the media library and click 'Add'.
- Upload the plugin files to the
/wp-content/plugins/external-media-without-importdirectory, or install the plugin through the WordPress plugins screen directly.
- Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ screen in WordPress.
Then you can use the plugin to add external media wihtout import:
Click the ‘Add New’ button in the ‘Media’ -> ‘Library’ page, the media upload panel will show up, in which there’s an ‘Add External Media without Import’ button. Click it.
If the Library page is in grid mode, the ‘Add a media from URL’ panel will appear.
If the Library page is in list mode, clicking ‘Add External Media without Import’ in the upload panel directs you to the ‘Add External Media without Import’ submenu page, which can also be accessed by clicking ‘Media’ -> ‘Add External Media without Import’ in the admin menu. The input interface of the submenu page is the same as that in grid mode.
Fill in the URL and click the ‘Add’ button, the remote image will be added.
Note that WordPress needs to know in advance the width and height of an image in order to correctly display it in the media library page and any post/page. In most cases, the plugin resolves these properties automatically without worrying you. But in rare cases, the plugin may fail to get the width and height of the image you specify when you click ‘Add’ in the ‘Add a media from URL’ panel. In that case, some input fields will show up and let you fill in the properties manually.
Fixed a bug which causes HTTP 500 – internal server error.
The error occurs in previous version when the plugin fails to get the image size and MIME type. The HTTP 500 error causes the plugin message not correctly displayed in the media upload panel. It also causes the Add External Media without Import page broken.