Managing files and media assets in GovCMS
An important feature of any Content Management System is the ability to create and manage media assets such as images, videos, documents, PDFs and other files. GovCMS allows you to upload and manage media assets which can be reused throughout your content.
A file refers to a physical file stored on the file system of your site. Similar to files stored on a server (or local machine), files contain properties such as:
- File type (e.g. jpeg, png, pdf)
- File size
- Upload date and time (on a local machine this is similar to 'Created date/time')
Media assets are entries in a site's database which reference or point to a file. Media assets are content that links to a physical file, providing the ability to store additional information (or properties) in fields about the file. These fields include:
- A user-friendly name
- Alt text for images
- Captions for video and audio
- Tags and revisions tracking.
To access the Files management interface, click on Content then Files in the Admin menu.
The Files management interface (also known as the Files list page) presents a list view of all physical files uploaded to the website and an indicator of the number of places the file is used in the column Used in. This indicator can be useful if you want to remove an image but need to determine which content pages are utilising this image first.
Image of File management interface
The File list page includes filters at the top allowing searching for a file by Filename, MIME type (file extension)or Status and below that the list of files. The default order when this page loads is in order of last updated date. Ordering can be changed by clicking on the small icons next to any column in the list.
Each file listing includes:
- 2.MIME type (file type)
- 4.Status (Permanent or Temporary)
- 5.Upload date (date and time)
- 6.Changed date (date and time)
- 7.Used in (number of places the file is used in the site)
The Files management interface can also be accessed by clicking Content in the Admin menu then clicking the Files tab in the tab area section highlighted in the screenshot below.
Image of accessing File Management interface
Note The Files list page does not provide any configuration options for files. It is mainly used for the purpose of locating files and tracking unused files.
The Media management interface can be accessed by clicking Content in the Admin menu then clicking the Media tab in the tab area (highlighted in the previous screenshot).
Image of accessing Media Management interface
The Media management interface (also known as the Media tabbed section) displays a listing of all Media contained on the site and the following details about each item:
- 2.Media name
- 5.Status (Published or Unpublished)
- 6.Updated (Last updated date/time)
It also includes a filter section allowing searching for a Media asset by Media name, Type (Audio, Image, Video etc.).
The default order when this page loads is in order of last updated date. Ordering can be changed by clicking on the small icons next to any column in the list.
The Media management interface provides a rich media management interface, including locating media assets editing them, replacing them or deleting them.