Media Library Assistant


The Media Library Assistant provides several enhancements for managing the Media Library, including:

  • The [mla_gallery] shortcode, used in a post, page or custom post type to add a gallery of images and/or other Media Library items (such as PDF documents). MLA Gallery is a superset of the WordPress [gallery] shortcode; it is compatible with [gallery] and provides many enhancements. These include: 1) full query and display support for WordPress categories, tags, custom taxonomies and custom fields, 2) support for all post_mime_type values, not just images 3) media Library items need not be “attached” to the post, and 4) control over the styles, markup and content of each gallery using Style and Markup Templates. Twenty-eight hooks are provided for complete gallery customization from your theme or plugin code.

  • The [mla_tag_cloud] shortcode, used in a post, page, custom post type or widget to display the “most used” terms in your Media Library where the size of each term is determined by how many times that particular term has been assigned to Media Library items. Twenty-five hooks are provided for complete cloud customization from your theme or plugin code.

  • The [mla_term_list] shortcode, used in a post, page, custom post type or widget to display hierarchical (and flat) taxonomy terms in list, dropdown control or checklist formats. Twenty hooks are provided for complete list customization from your theme or plugin code.

  • The [mla_custom_list] shortcode, used in a post, page, custom post type or widget to display flat lists, dropdown controls and checkbox lists of custom field values. Twenty-seven hooks are provided for complete list customization from your theme or plugin code.

  • Support for WPML and Polylang multi-language CMS plugins. MLA has earned a place on WPML’s List of Recommended Plugins.

  • Integrates with Photonic Gallery, Justified Image Grid, Jetpack and other plugins, so you can add slideshows, thumbnail strips and special effects to your [mla_gallery] galleries.

  • Works with WordPress Real Media Library: Media Library Folder & File Manager (Lite and Pro) to organize your files into folders, collections and galleries. This combination enhances both the Media/Assistant admin submenu and the [mla_gallery] shortcode.

  • Works with CatFolders – WP Media Folders (Lite and Pro) to categorize media files better and faster. This combination enhances both the Media/Assistant admin submenu and the [mla_gallery] shortcode.

  • Powerful Content Templates, which let you compose a value from multiple data sources, mix literal text with data values, test for empty values and choose among two or more alternatives or suppress output entirely.

  • Attachment metadata such as file size, image dimensions and where-used information can be assigned to WordPress custom fields. You can then use the custom fields in your [mla_gallery] display and you can add custom fields as sortable, searchable columns in the Media/Assistant submenu table. You can also modify the WordPress _wp_attachment_metadata contents to suit your needs.

  • IPTC, EXIF (including GPS), XMP and PDF metadata can be assigned to standard WordPress fields, taxonomy terms and custom fields. You can update all existing attachments from the Settings page IPTC/EXIF tab, groups of existing attachments with a Bulk Action or one existing attachment from the Edit Media/Edit Single Item screen. Twelve hooks provided for complete mapping customization from your theme or plugin code. You can view and/or download this PDF document with more information: Mapping File Metadata to WordPress Fields with Media Library Assistant

  • Complete control over Post MIME Types, File Upload extensions/MIME Types and file type icon images. Fifty four (54) additional upload types, 112 file type icon images and a searchable list of over 1,500 file extension/MIME type associations.

  • Enhanced Search Media box. Search can be extended to the name/slug, ALT text and caption fields. The connector between search terms can be “and” or “or”. Search by attachment ID or Parent ID is supported, and you can search on keywords in the taxonomy terms assigned to Media Library items. Works in the Media Manager Modal Window, too.

  • Complete support for ALL taxonomies, including the standard Categories and Tags, your custom taxonomies and the Assistant’s pre-defined Att. Categories and Att. Tags. You can add taxonomy columns to the Assistant listing, filter on any taxonomy, assign terms and list the attachments for a term.

  • Taxonomy and custom field support in the ATTACHMENT DETAILS pane of the Media Manager Modal Window and Media/Library Grid view.

  • Inline “Bulk Edit” and “Quick Edit” areas; update author, parent and custom fields, add, remove or replace taxonomy terms for several attachments at once. Works on the Media/Add New screen as well.

  • Displays more attachment information such as parent information, file URL and image metadata. Provides many more listing columns (more than 20) to choose from.

  • Provides additional view filters for MIME types and taxonomies, and features to cmpose custom views of your own.

  • Works with the popular Admin Columns plugins for even more Media/Assistant screen customization.

The Assistant is designed to work like the standard Media Library pages, so the learning curve is short and gentle. Contextual help is provided on every new screen to highlight new features.

NOTE: Complete documentation is included in the Documentation tab on the Settings/Media Library Assistant admin screen and the drop-down “Help” content in the admin screens. You can find a stand-alone version of the Documentation on my web site: Media Library Assistant Documentation

I do not solicit nor accept personal donations in support of the plugin. WordPress and its global community means a lot to me and I am happy to give something back.

If you find the Media Library Assistant plugin useful and would like to support a great cause, consider a tax-deductible donation to our Chateau Seaview Fund at the ALS Network. Every dollar of the fund goes to make the lives of people with ALS, their families and caregivers easier. Thank you!


Media Library Assistant includes many images drawn (with permission) from the Crystal Project Icons, created by Everaldo Coelho, founder of Yellowicon.

Many thanks to Aurovrata Venet, Il’ya Karastel and Kristian Adolfsson for testing and advising on the multilingual support features!

The Example Plugins

The MLA example plugins have been developed to illustrate practical applications that use the hooks MLA provides to enhance the admin-mode screens and front-end content produced by the MLA shortcodes. Most of the examples are drawn from topics in the MLA Support Forum.

The Documentation/Example Plugins submenu lets you browse the list of MLA example plugins, install or update them in the Plugins/Installed Plugins area and see which examples you have already installed. To activate, deactivate or delete the plugins you must go to the Plugins/Installed Plugins admin submenu.

The Example plugins submenu lists all of the MLA example plugins and identifies those already in the Installed Plugins area. In the submenu:

  • the “Screen Options” dropdown area lets you choose which columns to display and how many items appear on each page
  • the “Help” dropdown area gives you a brief explanation of the submenu content and functions
  • the “Search Plugins” text box lets you filter the display to items containing one or more keywords or phrases
  • bulk and rollover actions are provided to install or update example plugins
  • the table can be sorted by any of the displayed columns

Once you have installed an example plugin you can use the WordPress Plugins/Editor submenu to view the source code and (with extreme caution) make small changes to the code. Be very careful if you choose to modify the code! Making changes to active plugins is not recommended. If your changes cause a fatal error, the plugin will be automatically deactivated. It is much safer to download the file(s) or use FTP access to your site to modify the code offline in a more robust HTML/PHP editor.

You can use the “Download” rollover action to download a plugin to your local system. Once you have made your modifications you can copy the plugin to a compressed file (ZIP archive) and then upload it to your server with the Plugins/Add New (Upload Plugin) admin submenu.

If you do make changes to the example plugin code the best practice is to save the modified file(s) under a different name, so your changes won’t be lost in a future update. If you want to retain the file name, consider changing the version number, e.g. adding 100 to the MLA value, so you can more easily identify the plugins you have modified.


  • The Media/Assistant submenu table showing the available columns, including “Featured in”, “Inserted in”, “Att. Categories” and “Att. Tags”; also shows the Quick Edit area.
  • The Media/Assistant submenu table showing the Bulk Edit area with taxonomy Add, Remove and Replace options; also shows the tags suggestion popup.
  • A typical edit taxonomy page, showing the “Attachments” column.
  • The enhanced Edit page showing additional fields, categories and tags.
  • The Settings page General tab, where you can customize support of Att. Categories, Att. Tags and other taxonomies, where-used reporting and the default sort order.
  • The Settings page MLA Gallery tab, where you can add custom style and markup templates for [mla_gallery] shortcode output.
  • The Settings page IPTC & EXIF Processing Options screen, where you can map image metadata to standard fields (e.g. caption), taxonomy terms and custom fields.
  • The Settings page Custom Field Processing Options screen, where you can map attachment metadata to custom fields for display in [mla_gallery] shortcodes and as sortable, searchable columns in the Media/Assistant submenu.
  • The Media Manager popup modal window showing additional filters for date and taxonomy terms. Also shows the enhanced Search Media box and the full-function taxonomy support in the ATTACHMENT DETAILS area.


  1. Upload media-library-assistant and its subfolders to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory, OR Visit the Plugins/Add New page and search for “Media Library Assistant”; click “Install Now” to upload it

  2. Activate the plugin through the “Plugins” menu in WordPress

  3. Visit the Settings/Media Library Assistant page to customize taxonomy (e.g., category and tag) support

  4. Visit the Settings/Media Library Assistant Custom Fields and IPTC/EXIF tabs to map metadata to attachment fields

  5. Visit the “Assistant” submenu in the Media admin section

  6. Click the Screen Options link to customize the display

  7. Use the enhanced Edit, Quick Edit and Bulk Edit pages to assign categories and tags

  8. Use the [mla_gallery] shortcode to add galleries of images, documents and more to your posts and pages

  9. Use the [mla_tag_cloud], [mla_term_list] and [mla_custom_list] shortcodes to add clickable lists of taxonomy terms and custom field values to your posts and pages


How can I sort the Media/Assistant submenu table on values such as File Size?

You can add support for many attachment metadata values such as file size by visiting the Custom Fields tab on the Settings page. There you can define a rule that maps the data to a WordPress custom field and check the “MLA Column” box to make that field a sortable column in the Media/Assistant submenu table. You can also use the field in your [mla_gallery] shortcodes. For example, this shortcode displays a gallery of the ten largest images in the “general” category, with a custom caption:

[mla_gallery category="general" mla_caption="{+caption+}<br>{+custom:File Size+}" meta_key="File Size" orderby="meta_value" order="DESC" numberposts=10]

How can I use Categories, Tags and custom taxonomies to select images for display in my posts and pages?

The powerful [mla_gallery] shortcode supports almost all of the query flexibility provided by the WP_Query class. You can find complete documentation in the Settings/Media Library Assistant Documentation tab. A simple example is in the preceding question. Here’s an example that displays PDF documents with Att. Category “fauna” or Att. Tag “animal”:

[mla_gallery post_mime_type="application/pdf" size=icon mla_caption="{+title+}" tax_query="array(array('taxonomy'=>'attachment_category','field'=>'slug','terms'=>'fauna'),array('taxonomy'=>'attachment_tag','field'=>'slug','terms'=>'animal'),'relation'=>'OR')"]

Can I use [mla_gallery] for attachments other than images?

Yes! The [mla_gallery] shortcode supports all MIME types when you add the post_mime_type parameter to your query. You can build a gallery of your PDF documents, plain text files and other attachments. You can mix images and other MIME types in the same gallery, too. Here’s an example that displays a gallery of PDF documents, using Imagick and Ghostscript to show the first page of each document as a thumbnail:

[mla_gallery post_mime_type=application/pdf post_parent=all link=file mla_viewer=true columns=1 orderby=date order=desc]

Can I attach an image to more than one post or page?

No; that’s a structural limitation of the WordPress database. However, you can use Categories, Tags and custom taxonomies to organize your images and associate them with posts and pages in any way you like. The [mla_gallery] shortcode makes it easy. You can also use the ids= parameter to compose a gallery from a list of specific images.

Can the Assistant use the standard WordPress post Categories and Tags?

Yes! You can activate or deactivate support for Categories and Tags at any time by visiting the Media Library Assistant Settings page.

Do I have to use the WordPress post Categories and Tags?

No! The Assistant supplies pre-defined Att. Categories and Att. Tags; these are WordPress custom taxonomies, with all of the API support that implies. You can activate or deactivate the pre-defined taxonomies at any time by visiting the Media Library Assistant Settings page.

Can I add my own custom taxonomies to the Assistant?

Yes. Any custom taxonomy you register with the Attachment post type will appear in the Assistant UI. Use the Media Library Assistant Settings page to add support for your taxonomies to the Assistant UI.

Can I use Jetpack Tiled Gallery or a lightbox plugin to display my gallery?

You can use other gallery-generating shortcodes to give you the data selection power of [mla_gallery] and the formatting/display power of popular alternatives such as the Jetpack Carousel and Tiled Galleries modules. Any shortcode that accepts “ids=” or a similar parameter listing the attachment ID values for the gallery can be used. Here’s an example of a Jetpack Tiled gallery for everything except vegetables:

[mla_gallery attachment_category=vegetable tax_operator="NOT IN" mla_alt_shortcode=gallery type="rectangular"]

Most lightbox plugins use HTML class= and/or rel= tags to activate their features. [mla_gallery] lets you add this tag information to your gallery output. Here’s an example that opens PDF documents in a shadowbox using Easy Fancybox:

[mla_gallery post_mime_type=application/pdf post_parent=all link=file size=icon mla_caption='<a class="fancybox-iframe fancybox-pdf" href={+filelink_url+} target=_blank>{+title+}</a>' mla_link_attributes='class="fancybox-pdf fancybox-iframe"']

In the example, the mla_caption= parameter turns the document title into a link to the shadowbox display so you can click on the thumbnail image or the caption to activate the display.

Why don’t the “Posts” counts in the taxonomy edit screens match the search results when you click on them?

This is a known WordPress problem with multiple support tickets already in Trac, e.g.,
Ticket #20708(closed defect (bug): duplicate) Wrong posts count in taxonomy table,
Ticket #14084(assigned defect (bug)) Custom taxonomy count includes draft & trashed posts,
and Ticket #14076(closed defect (bug): duplicate) Misleading post count on taxonomy screen.

For example, if you add Tags support to the Assistant and then assign tag values to your attachments, the “Posts” column in the “Tags” edit screen under the Posts admin section includes attachments in the count. If you click on the number in that column, only posts and pages are displayed. There are similar issues with custom post types and taxonomies (whether you use the Assistant or not). The “Attachments” column in the edit screens added by the Assistant shows the correct count because it works in a different way.

How do I “unattach” an item?

Hover over the item you want to modify and click the “Edit” or “Quick Edit” action. Set the ID portion of the Parent Info field to zero (0), then click “Update” to record your changes. If you change your mind, click “Cancel” to return to the main page without recording any changes. You can also click the “Select” button to bring up a list of posts//pages and select one to be the new parent for the item. The “Set Parent” link in the Media/Assistant submenu table also supports changing the parent and unattaching an item.

The Media/Assistant submenu seems sluggish; is there anything I can do to make it faster?

Some of the MLA features such as where-used reporting and ALT Text sorting/searching require a lot of database processing. If this is an issue for you, go to the Settings page and adjust the “Where-used database access tuning” settings. For any where-used category you can enable or disable processing. For the “Gallery in” and “MLA Gallery in” you can also choose to update the results on every page load or to cache the results for fifteen minutes between updates. The cache is also flushed automatically when posts, pages or attachments are inserted or updated.

Do custom templates and option settings survive version upgrades?

Rest assured, custom templates and all of your option settings persist unchanged whenever you update to a new MLA version.

You can also back a backup of your templates and settings from the Settings/Media Library Assistant General tab. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Export ALL Settings” to create a backup file. You can create as many files as you like; they are date and time stamped so you can restore the one you want later.

In addition, you can deactivate and even delete the plugin without losing the settings. They will be there when you reinstall and activate in the future.

You can permanently delete the settings and (optionally) the backup files if you are removing MLA for good. The “Uninstall (Delete)” Plugin Settings section of the General tab enables these options.

Are other language versions available?

Not many, but all of the internationalization work in the plugin source code has been completed and there is a Portable Object Template (.POT) available in the “/languages” directory. I don’t have working knowledge of anything but English, but if you’d like to volunteer to produce a translation, I would be delighted to work with you to make it happen. Have a look at the “MLA Internationalization Guide.pdf” file in the languages directory and get in touch.

What’s in the “phpDocs” directory and do I need it?

All of the MLA source code has been annotated with “DocBlocks”, a special type of comment used by phpDocumentor to generate API documentation. If you’d like a deeper understanding of the code, navigate to the MLA phpDocs web page and have a look. Note that these pages require JavaScript for much of their functionality.


फेब्रुअरी 23, 2024
This plugin is absolute gem. I had been working with a team of photographers who were uploading car racing pictures on the fly. I needed to filter certain information to make it accessible to the press. While I don’t recall the specific details, I can certainly say this plugin was the solution I was looking for. There is a lot more under the hood of this plugin.
सेप्टेम्बर 4, 2023
MLA is an extraordinarily powerful and rich plugin for media files. The documentation is extensive, and, perhaps most importantly, the developer, David Lingren, responds quickly, thoughtfully, and generously to requests for help or information. The plugin is a model of how software ought to be build; the threads on the support site are an example of what the internet is at its best.
अगस्ट 15, 2023
Well made plugin, which works for some specific sorting feature. Anyway I can us 3 or 4 tools, but most of the big amount of features are just for programmers. There is a section for Examples, which some advanced user can understand. Most thing is to combine some Shortcodes, but the examples are nothing to see, only a bunch of Code. For example, tried to show a list of PDF files, which is not usable because could not manage to show Title and bigger Thumbnails for users. The User can see a horizontal scrolling area – which makes no sense. But overall for basic needs a stable solution… The extended Doc File also good for programmers, all much to abstract usabiltiy…
जुन 6, 2023
I was going to create some custom code to handle media tags on multisite installations but discovered this plugin. David really hit one out of the park with the features and flexibility this plugin provides to organize media. My application required some unique multisite features. David was able to take some code I had written and improved on it significantly to provide the desired multisite support to handle tags. He is very responsive to requests and very thorough with his implementation and documentation. You won’t find a better plugin to handle the Media Library than this one.
मार्च 12, 2023
Enabling Media Library Assistant immediately gives you additional ways to search, view, display and organize what’s already in your core Media Library. The plugin’s ability to use asset data and metadata is ongoing power and flexibility. It’s great framework for ongoing organization for existing and new media assets. David, the plugin’s Developer, is responsive and thoughtful in the support forum. The plugin works well with core WP features and functions, multisite, wp-cli and other plugins, and it runs lean in multiple environments.
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  • Fix: IMPORTANT: A Reflected Cross-Site Scripting security risk in the Media/Assistant page when orderby=rml is used has been mitigated.
  • Fix: Another problem with formatting the order=DESC portion of the SQL orderby clause from shortcode parameters has been corrected.


  • Fix: IMPORTANT: An Unauthenticated SQL Injection security risk in the [mla_tag_cloud] and [mla_term_list] shortcodes has been mitigated.
  • Fix: IMPORTANT: A Reflected Cross-Site Scripting security risk in the Media/Assistant page has been mitigated.
  • Fix: A problem with formatting the order= portion of the SQL orderby clause from shortcode parameters has been corrected.
  • Fix: When the “Real Media Library” plugin (Pro version) is active, orderby=rml is propegated to the Media/Assistant pagination controls.
  • Fix: For the [mla_gallery] shortcode, handling of brace-delimited array values in the ,str_replace(s,r) format code has been corrected.
  • Fix: For the Media Manager Modal (popup) Window, the Enter key now triggers the MLA Enhanced Search Media function.
  • Fix: When the Elementor page editor is active, buttons on the “Insert Media” popup window are now sized correctly.
  • Fix: Some references in the Documentation tab to IPTC standards have been updated to newer versions of those standards.


  • New: The “MLA Multi-search Example” plugin now includes a special custom:* feature that will perform a “Simple Custom Field” query on all custom fields that have values for one or more items.
  • Fix: IMPORTANT: A Reflected Cross-Site Scripting security risk in the Media/Edit Media page has been mitigated.
  • Fix: IMPORTANT: An SQL Injection security risk in the [mla_custom_list] shortcode has been mitigated.
  • Fix: For the [mla_gallery] shortcode, a defect in processsing blacklist parameters when using mla_gallery as an alternate shortcode, i.e., mla_alt_shortcode=yes, has been corrected.
  • Fix: For the [mla_custom_list] shortcode, a defect that caused the ids= and include= parameters to fail when used together has been corrected.


  • Fix: Eliminate PHP Fatal Error when accessing Example Plugins from the Settings/Media Library Assistant Documentation tab.


  • New: Four new field-level prefix values provide access to the custom fields and taxonomy terms of an item’s parent or the post/page in which the [mla_gallery] shortcode occurs.
  • New: For the [mla_gallery] shortcode, four new “item-level substitution parameters” provide links, tags and urls for the MIME type icon associated with each gallery item.
  • New: For the [mla_gallery] shortcode, a new value for the “link” parameter, “link=original”, provides access to the original image for scaled items.
  • New: The new “MLA Media Library Folders Support” example plugin adds support for the “Block Direct Access” feature of the “Media Library Folders” plugin.
  • New: For the “MLA Gallery Download Archive” example plugin, archive files are now deleted from the server after download completes. A shortcode parameter has been added to allow keeping them.
  • New: For the “MLA Path Mapping Example” plugin, tools for copying term definitions and term assignments from one taxonomy to another have been added. The plugin’s Documentation tab has more information.
  • New: The AVIF image format has been added to MLA’s table of known MIME types.
  • Fix: **IMPORTANT: An SQL Injection security risk in the [mla_custom_list] shortcode has been mitigated.
  • Fix: IMPORTANT: Attribute Injection security risks in all four shortcodes have been mitigated. HTML Event attributes are no longer allowed in the mla_link_attributes and mla_image_attributes parameters.
  • Fix: IMPORTANT: For WP 6.5, MLA custom file type icon support has been ensured.
  • Fix: For the [mla_gallery] shortcode, some PHP 8.2 “Deprecated” warnings have been eliminated.
  • Fix: For the [mla_term_list] shortcode, a defect that caused the child_of= parameter to fail has been corrected.
  • Fix: For the class-mla_objects.php file, a PHP 8.2 “Deprecated” message has been eliminated.
  • Fix: For the mla-define-ajaxurl-scripts.js file, console messages reflecting harmless error conditions have been disabled.
  • Fix: For the “MLA Multisite Extensions” example plugin, activating the plugin in a non-multisite site does not cause PHP errors or warnings.
  • Fix: The mla_list_table_begin_bulk_action filter has been added to the Media/Assistant Download bulk action handler.
  • Fix: A PHP Warning message sometimes generated by handling custom Media/Assistant bulk actions has been eliminated.
  • Fix: The destination of the Donate link has been updated to reflect changes in the charity’s web site.


  • New: The new “MLA Custom Field List” shortcode, [mla_custom_list], lets you display custom field values in a variety of cloud, list, dropdown and checklist formats for use with the [mla_gallery] simple custom field query parameters.
  • New: The new “bulk edit area auto-fill presets” option on the General tab lets you automatically import preset values when the Media/Add New admin screen is loaded.
  • New: Two new filters for the Media/Assistant admin submenu allow you to modify or replace the content of the primary table column.
  • New: Code for the [mla_term_list] and [mla_tag_cloud] shortcodes is now loaded only when needed, reducing the load time and memory required for the [mla_gallery] shortcode.
  • Fix: IMPORTANT: A defect introduced in MLA 3.10 that corrupts quote marks in mla_link_attributes and mla_image_attributes and HTML in mla_link_text shortcode parameters has been corrected.
  • Fix: When the “Smush – Optimize, Compress and Lazy Load Images” plugin is active among other active plugins such as “Elementor Website Builder”, MLA’s mapping rules are more reliably run during image uploads.
  • Fix: For XMP metadata, nodes with a ‘xml:lang’ attribute value other than ‘x-default’ are now added to the parsed results, keyed by the language value.
  • Fix: Some security risks identified by the PHP Code Sniffer have been eliminated.
  • Fix: PHP warning messages for a problem with missing “dll” or “exe” MIME Type icons have been resolved.
  • Fix: For the Media Manager Modal (popup) Window and Media/Library grid mode, the year/month dropdown control now sorts properly, in descending order.

3.00 – 3.12

  • 3.12 – IMPORTANT: Cross-site scripting security risk for authenticated users with the “Author” role has been eliminated.
  • 3.11 – IMPORTANT: security risk fixes for shortcode parameters and example plugin. Custom file icon support for Uploads file types. One enhancement, four fixes.
  • 3.10 – IMPORTANT: WP 6.3 Gutenberg/Media Manager fix and a security risk fix. File Extension and MIME Type Processing fixes. “MLA Multisite Extensions” example plugin enhancements. Four enhancements in all, nine fixes.
  • 3.09 – IMPORTANT: security risk fixes for shortcode parameters and example plugin. Custom file icon support for Uploads file types. One enhancement, four fixes.
  • 3.08 – PNG metadata fixes, terms search enhancements, example plugin enhancements, MLA Insert Fixit security fix, Documentation updates and additions. Eight enhancements in all, eleven fixes.
  • 3.07 – Metadata extraction for PNG files, “Set Featured Image” enhancements, extensive “Where-used Reporting” documentation, Modern Event Calendar fix and Example Plugin enhancements. Eight enhancements in all, seven fixes.
  • 3.06 – IMPORTANT: SECURITY FIX for the MLA Insert Fixit example plugin removes an SQL injection risk. New mapping rules tutorial available, some PDF parsing improvements and documentation improvements. One enhancement, eight fixes in all.
  • 3.05- IMPORTANT: Admin Columns Pro v6.0+ support. Support for the “CatFolders – WP Media Folders” plugin. The “MLA Yoast SEO Example” plugin has been completely rewritten. New “MLA Content Items Example” plugin. Three enhancements in all, two fixes.
  • 3.04 – Fix: When Photo Engine (WP/LR Sync) is active, a PHP Fatal Error with mapping rules during “sync” operations has been corrected.
  • 3.03 – IMPORTANT: For the [mla_gallery] shortcode, a defect (introduced in v3.02) in expanding template values has been corrected.
  • 3.02 – MLA Text Widget, WPML, Polylang and Photo Engine (WP/LR Sync) fixes. Some PHP errors eliminated. Bulk Edit Area enhancements. New “MLA WFU Data Source” example plugin. Two enhancements in all, ten fixes.
  • 3.01 – IMPORTANT: For the Media/Assistant Bulk Edit feature, AJAX errors have been corrected.
  • 3.00 – WordPress 6.0 support, security improvements, shortcode and example plugin enhancements. Seven enhancements in all, seventeen fixes.

2.90 – 2.99

  • 2.99 – WordPress 5.9 support. Bulk Edit values save/restore, current date/time data sources, custom field Library views filtered by MIME type. Four enhancements in all, fifteen fixes.
  • 2.98 – New “Attachment File Metadata” meta box on the Media/Edit Media screen. Enhanced “MLA Advanced Custom Fields Example” and new “MLA Filename Issues Example” plugins. Five enhancements in all, eleven fixes.
  • 2.97 – IMPORTANT: [mla_gallery] PHP “Warning: array_key_exists()…” messages have been eliminated. WP 5.8, cropping of MMMW top row image thubmnails fixed. Description element added to mapping rules. Four enhancements in all, four fixes.
  • 2.96 – WordPress 5.8 support! New [muie_archive_list] shortcode. CSV export item values. Support for Enhanced Media Library plugin. Donation links are back. Thirteen enhancements in all, fourteen fixes.
  • 2.95 – Support for Real Media Library plugin in Media/Assistant and [mla_gallery], MLA Insert Fixit improvements, [mla_gallery] simple date parameters, “Mine” filter/view. Four enhancements in all, twelve fixes.
  • 2.94 – For [mla_gallery], icon handling, mla_viewer, and performance fixes. New and enhanced example plugins. Three enhancements in all, nine fixes.
  • 2.93 – Correct defects in handling array values, e.g., tax_input, in request: parameters and pagination controls. Example plugin enhancements. Two enhancements in all, three fixes.
  • 2.92 – Correct Media/Assistant Quick Edit error that deleted term assignments in the WordPress Categories taxonomy.
  • 2.91 – Correct PHP Fatal Error in Media Manager Search Media operations. Correct defect that caused Media Manager “Edit Gallery” operations to lose existing items. Two fixes in all.
  • 2.90 – WP 5.6 support, thorough review and update of all files for validating, sanitizing and escaping user data to reduce the risk of security exploits, two new example plugins. Seven enhancements in all, seven fixes.

2.80 – 2.84

  • 2.84 – WP 5.5 support, new Always Use MLA MIME Type option, CSV Data Source example plugin, Support for PaidMembershipsPro, Simple Taxonomy Ordering, Simple Custom Post Order, Featured Image from URL plugins. Thirteen enhancements in all, twelve fixes.
  • 2.83 – Avoid “Fatal error:” with Admin Columns Pro version 5.1+. Fix Attachments area positioning in the Media Manager Modal (popup) Window. Two fixes in all.
  • 2.82 – Compatibility updates for WordPress 5.4. Security fixes to prevent three categories of attacks. New tools for “MLA Insert Fixit” and “WooCommerce Fixit Tools” example plugins. Fixes for [mla_gallery] and Media Manager Modal Window. Seven enhancements in all, eleven fixes.
  • 2.81 – Compatibility updates for WordPress 5.3. New “mso:” prefix gives access to the Document Properties embedded in Office Open XML file formats (e.g., docx, xlsx, pptx). Three enhancements, eight fixes.
  • 2.80 – A new “MLA Phoenix Media Rename Example” plugin supports the Phoenix Media Rename plugin. MLA Insert Fixit example plugin improvements, improved support for other plugins and themes. One enhancement, twelve fixes.

2.70 – 2.79

  • 2.79 – [mla_gallery] keyword/term search “exclude” logic, [mla_tag_cloud] performance improvements, Media/Assistant Download bulk action. Nine enhancements in all, six fixes.
  • 2.78 – Support Admin Columns Pro v4.5.x, add “Search Media” and “Terms Search” exclude logic, Eliminate PHP messages for Polylang and some AJAX actions. One enhancement, five fixes.
  • 2.77 – Preserve current term assignments for checklist-style taxonomies when opening the Media/Assistant Quick Edit area. This defect was introduced in v2.76.
  • 2.76 – “Checklist-style” term search and additions in the Bulk and Quick Edit areas. New and improved example plugins. Seven enhancements, four fixes.
  • 2.75 – Admin Columns (and Pro) fixes to eliminate PHP messages. Five fixes in all.
  • 2.74 – Cross-Site Scripting vulnerabilities have been removed from the Media/Assistant and Settings/Media Library assistant admin submenu screens. One enhancement, seven fixes.
  • 2.73 – Checklist-style flat taxonomy improvements, Admin Columns Pro fix, new and improved example plugins, e.g., “parent search”. Five enhancements, four fixes.
  • 2.72 – Remove “Circular Reference” PHP Warnings in class-mla-mime-types.php.
  • 2.71 – Admin Columns Pro CSV Export support, Uploaded on date editing, regular expression match/replace functions in shortcodes, new and improved example plugins. Thirteen enhancements, seven fixes.
  • 2.70 – Improved file download security, Polylang fixes. Two enhancements, seven fixes.

2.60 – 2.65

  • 2.65 – Corrects an “ error” in the Media/Assistant “Set Parent” function and the Media/Edit Media screen. One other enhancement, two other fixes.
  • 2.64 – For [mla_gallery], corrects v2.63 problem that applied mla_named_transfer to all link=file and link=download galleries.
  • 2.63 – Download by name and pretty links, str_replace format option, disable mapping rules, debug tab. Eight enhancements in all, nine fixes.
  • 2.62 – Corrects a PHP Fatal Error when loading MLA Media Manager enhancements for “front-end” use.
  • 2.61 – Several new example plugins and hooks, new shortcode parameters. Thirteen enhancements in all, thirteen fixes.
  • 2.60 – Completely new Settings/IPTC/EXIF tab and example plugin enhancements. Five enhancements in all, five

2.50 – 2.54

  • 2.54 – Admin Columns/PHP 7.1.x Fix, thumbnail generation enhancements, [mla_term_list] fix and Settings/Shortcodes tab updates. Six fixes in all.
  • 2.53 – Correct PHP Fatal Error defect for users of Admin Columns (free version).
  • 2.52 – Improved Admin Columns Pro integration, better PHP 7 support. Example plugin improvements. Six enhancements in all, eight fixes.
  • 2.51 – Change “primary column” handling for WP 4.3+ to be more like Media/Library submenu table. Some MLA UI Elements Example plugin fixes.
  • 2.50 – Completely new Settings/Custom Fields tab, [mla_term_list] and example plugin enhancements. Fourteen enhancements in all, sixteen fixes.

2.40 – 2.41

  • 2.41 – Updated example plugins, EXIF improvements, PHP 5.3 compatibility, Polylang fix. Five enhancements in all, ten fixes.
  • 2.40 – Generate WP 4.7 PDF thumbnails, new Shortcodes tab, requires less admin-mode memory, Examples tab “View” action and “Installed” view. Seventeen other enhancements, fourteen fixes.

2.30 – 2.33

  • 2.33 – Fix WordPress “The plugin does not have a valid header” errors on initial MLA installs. Two enhancements, one other fix.
  • 2.32 – New Documentation/Example Plugins submenu and installer, WordPress 4.6 fixes and several new example plugins. Sixteen enhancements in all, nine fixes.
  • 2.31 – Remove call to xdebug_get_function_stack() causing fatal PHP error.
  • 2.30 – New [mla_term-list] shortcode for hierarchical taxonomy display, Uncaught RangeError fix, custom data sources. Thirteen enhancements in all, six fixes.

2.00 – 2.25

  • 2.25 – Default shortcode parameters in templates, list/grid view switcher, delete option settings, better XML parsing. Eight enhancements in all, eleven fixes.
  • 2.24 – Corrects the MLA error that suppressed Admin Columns functions for Posts, Pages, Custom Post Types, Users and Comments.
  • 2.23 – Admin Columns 2.4.9 fixes, EXIF/XMP/PDF improvements, Posts, Pages and custom Post Types in [mla_gallery] display. Seven enhancements in all, six fixes.
  • 2.22 – Support for the “Admin Columns” plugin, PHP7 and “enclosing shortcode” syntax. Better performance, new filters and examples. Eight enhancements in all, eight fixes.
  • 2.21 – Fix for “empty grid”, “No media attachments found”, “No items found” and “Unknown column” symptoms. Thanks to all who quickly alerted me to the problem. One other fix for “Featured Image” handling of size=none.
  • 2.20 – Reduced memory/time footprint, default setting changes, WPML/Polylang IPTC/EXIF mapping fixes, partial German translation. Nine other enhancements, thirteen fixes.
  • 2.15 – Bulk Edit Reset button, Debug tab enhancements, Quick Edit thumbnails, new examples and hooks. Sixteen enhancements in all, sixteen fixes.
  • 2.14 – Final WordPress 4.3 updates. New Debug tab features. Updated Dutch translation. Four other fixes.
  • 2.13 – WordPress 4.3 updates. PDF Thumbnail image generator. Wildcard keyword/term searching. Several WPML and Polylang fixes. Dutch and Swedish translations! Twelve other enhancements, twelve other fixes.
  • 2.12 – Fixes a defect in [mla_gallery] handling of the mla_caption parameter. Adds mla_debug=log option.
  • 2.11 – Enhanced WPML and new Polylang support. “Attached” Media/Assistant table view. Eight other enhancements, fifteen fixes.
    *2.10 – mla_viewer is back, with a Featured Image option! XMP support for image meta data. Eight other enhancements, twelve fixes.
  • 2.02 – Bulk Edit on Media/Add New, pause/restart IPTC/EXIF mapping, EXIF CAMERA fields, “timestamp”, “date” and “fraction” format options. Six other enhancements, twelve fixes.
  • 2.01 – Google File Viewer (mla_viewer) disabled. IPTC/EXIF mapping performance gains. Four other enhancements, five fixes.
  • 2.00 – Requires WP v3.5+. Ajax-powered bulk edit and mapping, front-end “terms search” for [mla_gallery]. Five other enhancements, two fixes.

1.00 – 1.95

  • 1.95: New [mla_gallery] parameters, Download rollover action, Media/Assistant submenu filters. Eleven enhancements, seven fixes.
  • 1.94: Media Manager fixes and new “current-item” parameters for [mla_tag_cloud]. Two other enhancements, seven fixes.
  • 1.93: WordPress 4.0 Media Grid enhancements (optional) and compatibility fixes. New auto-fill option for Media Manager taxonomy meta boxes. One other enhancement, three other fixes.
  • 1.92: Three bug fixes, one serious.
  • 1.91: WordPress 4.0 support! New “Edit Media meta box” and “Media Modal Initial Values” filters and example plugins. Four other enhancements, six fixes.
  • 1.90: New “Terms Search” popup window and Search Media “Terms” checkbox. Post Type filter and pagination for “Select Parent” popup. Ten other enhancements, five fixes.
  • 1.83: Corrects serious defect, restoring Quick Edit, Bulk Edit and Screen Options to Media/Assistant submenu. Three other fixes.
  • 1.82: “Select Parent” popup window (Media/Edit Media, Attached to column, Quick Edit area), SVG support and several new filter examples. Five other enhancements, three other fixes.
  • 1.81: Corrects serious defect in Media Manager Modal Window file uploading. Adds item-specific tag clouds. One other enhancement, five other fixes.
  • 1.80: Full taxonomy meta box support in the Media Manager Modal Window. Checkbox-style meta box for flat taxonomies. Fourteen other enhancements, nine fixes.
  • 1.71: Searchable Category meta boxes for the Media/Edit Media screen. Support for the WordPress “Attachment Display Settings”. Six fixes.
  • 1.70: Internationalization and localization support! Custom Field and IPTC/EXIF Mapping hooks. One other enhancement, six fixes.
  • 1.61: Three fixes, including one significant fix for item-specific markup substitution parameters. Tested for compatibility with WP 3.8.
  • 1.60: New [mla_tag_cloud] shortcode and shortcode-enabled MLA Text Widget. Five other enhancements, four fixes.
  • 1.52: Corrected serious defect in [mla_gallery] that incorrectly limited the number of items returned for non-paginated galleries. One other fix.
  • 1.51: Attachment Metadata mapping/updating, [mla_gallery] “apply_filters” hooks, multiple paginated galleries per page, “ALL_CUSTOM” pseudo value. Three other enhancements, six fixes.
  • 1.50: PDF and GPS Metadata support. Content Templates; mix literal text with data values, test for empty values and choose among two or more alternatives for [mla_gallery] and data mapping. Four other enhancements, seven fixes.
  • 1.43: Generalized pagination support with “mla_output=paginate_links”. One other enhancement, four fixes.
  • 1.42: Pagination support for [mla_gallery]! Improved CSS width (itemwidth) and margin handling. Eight other enhancements, six fixes.
  • 1.41: New [mla_gallery] “previous link” and “next link” output for gallery navigation. New “request” substitution parameter to access $_REQUEST variables. Three other enhancements, seven fixes.
  • 1.40: Better performance! New custom table views, Post MIME Type and Upload file/MIMEs control; 112 file type icons to choose from. Four new Gallery Display Content parameters. four other enhancements, twelve fixes.
  • 1.30: New “mla_alt_shortcode” parameter combines [mla_gallery] with other gallery display shortcodes, e.g., Jetpack Carousel and Tiled Mosaic. Support for new 3.6 audio/video metadata. One other enhancement, eight fixes.
  • 1.20: Media Manager (Add Media, etc.) enhancements: filter by more MIME types, date, taxonomy terms; enhanced search box for name/slug, ALT text, caption and attachment ID. New [mla_gallery] sort options. Four other enhancements, four fixes.
  • 1.14: New [mla_gallery] mla_target and tax_operator parameters, tax_query cleanup and ids/include fix. Attachments column fix. IPTC/EXIF and Custom Field mapping fixes. Three other fixes.
  • 1.13: Add custom fields to the quick and bulk edit areas; sort and search on them in the Media/Assistant submenu. Expanded EXIF data access, including COMPUTED values. Google File Viewer support, two other enhancements and two fixes.
  • 1.11: Search by attachment ID, avoid fatal errors and other odd results when adding taxonomy terms. One other fix.
  • 1.10: Map attachment metadata to custom fields; add them to [mla_gallery] display and as sortable columns on the Media/Assistant submenu table. Get Photonic Gallery (plugin) integration and six other fixes.
  • 1.00: Map IPTC and EXIF metadata to standard fields, taxonomy terms and custom fields. Improved performance for where-used reporting. Specify default [mla_gallery] style and markup templates. Five other fixes.

0.11 – 0.90

  • [mla_gallery] support for custom fields, taxonomy terms and IPTC/EXIF metadata. Updated for WordPress 3.5!
  • Improved default Style template, [mla_gallery] parameters “mla_itemwidth” and “mla_margin” for control of gallery item spacing. Quick edit support of WordPress standard Categories taxonomy has been fixed.
  • MLA Gallery Style and Markup Templates for control over CSS styles, HTML markup and data content of [mla_gallery] shortcode output. Eight other enhancements and four fixes.
  • Removed (!) Warning displays for empty Gallery in and MLA Gallery in column entries.
  • New “Gallery in” and “MLA Gallery in” where-used reporting to see where items are returned by the [gallery] and [mla_gallery] shortcodes. Two other enhancements and two fixes.
  • Enhanced Search Media box. Extend search to the name/slug, ALT text and caption fields. Connect search terms with “and” or “or”. Five other enhancements and two fixes.
  • New [mla_gallery] shortcode, a superset of the [gallery] shortcode that provides many enhancements. These include taxonomy support and all post_mime_type values (not just images). Media Library items need not be “attached” to the post.
  • SQL View (supporting ALT Text sorting) now created for automatic plugin upgrades
  • Bulk Edit area; add, remove or replace taxonomy terms for several attachments at once. Sort your media listing on ALT Text, exclude revisions from where-used reporting.
  • Support ALL taxonomies, including the standard Categories and Tags, your custom taxonomies and the Assistant’s pre-defined Att. Categories and Att. Tags. Add taxonomy columns to the Assistant admin screen, filter on any taxonomy, assign terms and list the attachments for a term.
  • Quick Edit action for inline editing of attachment metadata
  • Fixed “404 Not Found” errors when updating single items.


  • Initial release.