Introduction to The Media Library
Tips and Hints
The Media Library is where you will upload all your files and images.
- Only upload files or images into your designated folder in the Media Library.
Document files are PDFs, Powerpoints, Excel spreadsheets and Word documents.
Image files are jpegs, gifs, or pngs.
- Use an external editor to resize your photos.
- Always enter an Alt tag for your images.
Image Size Parameters
Suggested File Sizes
- Document files cannot exceed 40MB, but normally are no more than 15MB.
- Image files should not exceed 600kB.
Walk Through and Jump to Points in Video
- Before you begin to think about uploading files or images into the media library, you must make sure they are properly sized and formatted.
- On the left hand side of the page, you will see the media tree with the folder Media Library.
- Open this folder and you will see a list of sub-folders.
- As you can see there is an images folder and a files folder.
- First, we will upload a file into the Files Folder.
- Open the files folder and find the correct sub-folder for your department to upload files into.
- Being specific about where you upload your file will help you locate it later for your site build.
- To create a new folder for files, just right-click the parent folder (your department's folder) you want it to go into.
- Select Insert and then Media Folder.
- Once you have located or created your folder, select the folder in the Media Tree.
- You will see several options have appeared in the Media Loading Dock on the right-hand side of your screen.
- At the top there are a series of icons, you want to focus on the Upload icon.
- Click the Upload icon and a pop up window will show up allowing you to browse through the files in your computer.
- Find the file or files you wish to upload.
- Select them and then click Open.
- You will now see your file has appeared in your folder.
- Uploading images is a similar process.
- First you must go to the Images folder in the Media Tree.
- Find your specific department's folder.
- You can load into that department folder or create a sub-folder to load your images into.
- Select your folder and now move your cursor to the Media Loading Dock.
- You will see the upload icon at the top left of the Media Loading Dock.
- Click the Upload icon and a pop up window will allow you to browse through your computer to find the images.
- Select the image or images you want to use and then click Open.
- You will notice the images now appear in your Media Loading Dock and have a red 1 warning symbol under each of them.
- Click on the 1 warning in red and a series of fields will show up in your Media Loading Dock.
- Find the "Alt" field and enter in a caption for your picture.
- Click Save.
- Alt tags are for visually impaired users, so they can understand what your image depicts.
- Make sure you add Alt tags to each picture you upload.
- You will be able to find all of your images in the folder you created them in.
FAQ: What's the deal with this Media Library?!
What happens if I upload my pictures or files willy nilly in the Media Tree?
They are moved to the Bin of Doom and may be deleted. They still exist in the Image bin but not forever, so make sure you upload your images into their proper department or sub-department folder and the same thing goes for files.
Where is my file/ image? I uploaded it and I can't find it!!
It is there, don't worry. In a lot of departments there are so many files or images uploaded in the folders, that whatever you uploaded is now somewhere in a whole list of other images or files. Just keep looking. Keep in mind, if you name your images or files appropriately, you can find them more easily. Don't upload it again!
What happens if I upload the wrong thing?
Don't worry, just select it, right click and choose Delete. Poof! It is gone!
Create a folder on your personal desktop to store all of the images and files you wish to use in your page build.
- Size your images and files in an external editor, keeping in mind the strict parameters of Sitecore.
- Use images that relate to the content of your page.
- Use SEO keywords in the Alt tags you choose for your images.
- If several images are for one particular page, make sure their sizes are uniform.
- Load files at one time and add images at another, so that files go in the Files folder and images go in the Images folder.
- ALWAYS UPLOAD INTO THE PROPER DEPARTMENT FOLDER AND SUBFOLDER!
Page last updated: 5/16/2013