As of Drupal 8.7, the Media and Media Library modules can be enabled and used out-of-box. Below, you’ll find a quick tutorial on enabling and using these features.
out-of-box before media and media library
In the past there were two different ways to add an image to a page.
An image could be added via a field, with the developer given control over its size and placement:
An image could be added via the WYSIWYG editor, with the editor given some control over its size and placement:
A very straightforward process, but these images could not be reused, as they were not part of a reusable media library.
reusing uploaded media Before Drupal 8.7
Overcoming image placement limitations in prior versions of Drupal required the use of several modules, a lot of configuration, and time. Sites could be set up to reference a media library that allowed editors to select and reuse images that had previously been uploaded, which we explained here.
This was a great time to be alive.
What is available with Media Library
Enabling the Media and Media Library modules extends a site’s image functionality. First, ensure that the Media and Media Library core modules are enabled.