I am using the "attach" feature in the media library to link a set of images to specific pages. Our custom theme displays these attached images in a particular way. alt text

We are setting up Wordpress as a CMS for a client and we don't want them to have to attach images to posts / pages this way because it feels clunky to be editing page, then forcing the user to go to the media section and attach images to that page one by one.

I would really like our client to be able to attach a set of images to a post or page in a manner similar to the "featured image" feature. The user should also be able to add, remove and sort the images without leaving the page. alt text


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Actually, it's very easy to attach images to posts and pages from directly within the editor. Just click on the Add an Image button (immediately to the right of Upload/Insert) to access the uploader.

You can upload as many images as you want to the media gallery for that page and edit the meta information attributed to each. Then click "Save Changes" at the bottom to save the images.

As far as WordPress is concerned, these images will be "attached" to the post or page on which you added them ... no need to go to the Media Gallery to do an upload. They'll only show up on the post or page if you click "Insert into Post" after you upload.


For those of you who haven't used this before ... You can access the uploader through these icons:

Upload/Insert Button Toolbar

The uploader itself will appear on the same page - you don't have to go anywhere else to use the feature.

Screenshot of the media gallery

You can upload multiple images at once. Either click "Select Files" and select them one at a time, or select a bunch (click-and-drag) and they'll all upload at the same time.

Upload multiple images at once

Once the images are uploaded, you can manage them inside the post or page's internal gallery. You can re-tag images, change the details attributed to each, and drag them around to re-order things.

Post media gallery

  • I didn't know that this sort of functionality is built into Wordpress. Thanks for the explanation. However it doesn't really achieve what I was hoping to. I have posted an answer (to my own) question which describes a plugin that does exactly what I was looking for.
    – jessegavin
    Oct 14, 2010 at 21:05
  • Actually, the functionality I was describing is exactly the functionality that plug-in claims to provide. The difference is, the core functionality places attachments in the posts table like it should rather than in an external one specific to a different system ...
    – EAMann
    Oct 14, 2010 at 21:19
  • The benefit that the plugin provides is the visual interface. It allows you to sort by drag and drop and allows you to add, remove attachments very easily.
    – jessegavin
    Oct 14, 2010 at 21:34
  • Please see my update. The built-in gallery uses the same interface as the plug-in and also allows you to sort by drag and drop. Please also take a few minutes to experiment with the built-in gallery to see how it works.
    – EAMann
    Oct 14, 2010 at 21:54
  • I have accepted your answer, however, I still prefer the interface provided by the "attachments" plugin because it gives you a list of thumbnails on the edit page itself (not in an overlay).
    – jessegavin
    Dec 8, 2010 at 15:50

I hate to answer my own question, but I randomly stumbled across this Wordpress plugin in a totally unrelated search today. It does exactly what I have been looking for.



Turns out that this plugin doesn't use the native attachment features in Wordpress and creates a separate table that is plugin specific. For me that isn't a problem, I just thought I would pass along the info.

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