The Media Manager is a longstanding feature in Joomla. It came over from the Mambo days. Between Joomla 1.0 and 1.5, not many changes were made to the Media Manager. Along the way, the Media Manager even lost functionality, when it lost the ability to upload multiple images at once.

Fortunately, the Media Manager has been granted a bit of love in Joomla 1.6. Let's take a look at some of the new features you can expect to find.

First, the location for the menu item for the Media Manager has changed, from the Site menu to the Content menu. Go to Content - Media Manager in the back end of Joomla, and you should see a screen like this:



The Media Manager is a longstanding feature in Joomla. It came over from the Mambo days. Between Joomla 1.0 and 1.5, not many changes were made to the Media Manager. Along the way, the Media Manager even lost functionality, when it lost the ability to upload multiple images at once.

Fortunately, the Media Manager has been granted a bit of love in Joomla 1.6. Let's take a look at some of the new features you can expect to find.

First, the location for the menu item for the Media Manager has changed, from the Site menu to the Content menu. Go to Content - Media Manager in the back end of Joomla, and you should see a screen like this:



- Legal extensions are the types of files that may be uploaded to the Media Manager, including images and files like PDFs, Office documents, etc.


- Maximum size is the maximum size of the file that may be uploaded. In this case, it's 10 MB. Remember that this is a Joomla restriction on file size. PHP may also restrict file upload size, so be sure to check PHP's settings if you are having trouble uploading large files.

- Path to file folder and path to image folder are the default paths for uploading files (like PDFs, Office documents, etc) and images within the Media Manager. Note the stories folder is gone! You can upload to the images folder directly.

- Legal image extensions (file types) means what kinds of files uploaded should be considered images (GIF, JPG, PNG, etc).

- Enable Flash uploader means to turn on the capability to upload multiple images and files at a time.


Set "Enable Flash Uploader" to YES and click the Save button in the upper right. The bottom of the Media Manager screen will update to a new looking interface:

Browse files will let you browse to the right folder containing your images and files on your hard drive. Start upload will start uploading the files you've chosen to put into the Media Manager. Clear List clears the list of files to be uploaded and those that have already been uploaded.

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