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Every media item that is uploaded to Wordpress can be viewed in a page. This can be seen if you browse to the Media section, hover on any item and click view. Are there any benefits to this because I am not seeing any at the moment. Can this feature be edited (or removed)?

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It is desirable because you can modify that page, to introduce extra functionality.

e.g.:

  • Comments
  • Meta data
  • custom fields
  • titles
  • descriptions
  • Image EXIF
  • showing geolocation data
  • video/audio players
  • thumbnails of other images attached to the post, e.g. the other pictures in the gallery

If it troubles you, you can 'remove' the feature, by making an attachment.php template, and putting a wp_redirect() to the images full size URL.

I would avoid this however, as this is a good opportunity to show off and make the most of your content, e.g.:

http://ma.tt/2011/09/wordcamp-bulgaria/mcm_3152/#image

Here, Matt Mullenwegs site uses attachment pages for gallery posts individual images, you can comment on images, you can navigate to the next image in the gallery and back, and upwards.

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Thanks for your reply. Only issue I have with it is that I use wordpress as a CMS more than a blog so I'm still not sure about it. At the moment its not causing any harm so you remove it just yet. –  Matthew Xerri Nov 16 '11 at 16:13
    
Most wordpress bloggers are unaware of this functionatlity, and you have full control over the template, via attachment.php and the various specific ones for image attachments etc If you want to use it in a CMS style then that's up to you, your imagination is your limit –  Tom J Nowell Nov 16 '11 at 16:16
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