Muddling Through March – 2022 Lesson Learned

So we learned something new today about the meaning of “unattached” media files. I was going through my photos on WP trying to save some space by using previously uploaded pictures in my upcoming A to Z draft posts. I noticed there were occasionally some duplicate photos and since I just had to pay for more space, I thought that if I deleted some of the duplicates it would help. But how to know which ones are actually duplicates and which ones are attached to a post?

Well, there’s a drop down menu that says,”unattached” so I thought, great. I’ll delete the unattached ones. Sadly, according to WP, unattached doesn’t necessarily mean they are not attached to a post, it means they were uploaded directly to the post not through the media file :(. Which means that some of my posts now don’t have pictures in them anymore. Fortunately, most of them were from 2020 and earlier so I’ll just have to be careful if I am linking to a prior post that I double check it to make sure it is complete. Uggg. Anybody else learn a valuable lesson today?

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20 Responses to Muddling Through March – 2022 Lesson Learned

  1. Interesting to know… sorry it happened to you. It took me awhile to learn to resize photos to small size behold uploading to save space

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  2. I did that too but didn’t find out the reason. Thank you!

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  3. gigglingfattie says:

    Oh my goodness that sounds so frustrating!! Im not sure if I learned a valuable lesson today but I did finally get a key to my classroom door!!! So now I dont have to sit in the hall on the floor if I’m there earlier than anyone else with a key 😅

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  4. ghostmmnc says:

    I didn’t know about the unattached deal. Mostly I just go through the media file and delete one by one on any photo I can. I have tons of posts with blanks where a picture once was, which I don’t like for that to happen. At this point I’m out of any photo space, so guess I won’t be using any new ones probably never again. I’ve already upgraded as much as I can, too.

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  5. Ally Bean says:

    I didn’t know this. I’m sorry that happened. I did find out a few months ago that WP doesn’t protect your unattached photos in your media file. Someone hacked into my media file, took a photo I was planning on using but hadn’t attached yet. The so-called Happiness Engineers told me that was my fault for storing the photo there unattached. They did nothing about, what I’d describe as, theft.

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  6. debscarey says:

    Gotta love WordPress eh? This is what I learned today too 😀 so thank you for saving me from a painful learning on this subject.

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  7. Yep, learned that lesson a while back when I was trying to clear out old photos.

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  8. LA says:

    Hmmm…I learned you shouldn’t freeze an unsliced loaf of bread because the crust doesn’t defrost right..

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      Interesting. We freeze bread all the time because I buy special Keto bread that I can only get at Costco so I get 4 loaves at a time but it is already sliced and comes out okay. Good to know about the unsliced.

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  9. Oh, no, sorry this happened. Thank you for sharing the lesson with us.

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