Wireframes for a new WordPress media management interface have emerged on the Make WordPress UI blog. Daryl Koopersmith posted the wireframes, and noted that he worked very closely with Dave Martin, Andrew Nacin, and Mark Jaquith on the project. I should forewarn you that they are amazing. You really, really need to check them out.
The presentation is a complete walkthrough of managing media, including the a proposed process for adding and editing both images and galleries. And much more. Really, read it.
A few things in the proposed workflow are especially interesting to me:
- The entire interface would be overhauled
- With the new system, you’ll likely be able to insert multiple galleries into a post via the UI
- Galleries should be able to include images not attached to the current post (the idea of “attaching” media could change entirely)
- The window would not be a new pageload of WordPress. It would operate similarly to the link manager. Aka, it will be very fast.
- Intuitive drag and drop sorting
- Consistent “Add Media”, “Edit image”, and custom header UI
- Images could be dragged straight to the editor to add them
Please remember that these are wireframes, not code. Some or all or none of this could be included in WordPress 3.5/6/7. However, as any WordPress development armchair quarterback could tell you, a media overhaul has been in high demand for a while. It looks like the team is really dedicated to it right now.
Go read the post. And read the comments. There is a great discussion going on. Also, there will likely be a lot of discussion about this at WordCamp San Francisco, especially for the Sunday hack day. There are two relevant tickets to the project on Trac: #21390, and #21391.
Major kudos to the UI team. I’m quite happy about this, and I bet most of you are too!