You use this field to add an option to attach a media to a content item in the backend and then display the media together with the item on the frontend.
EXAMPLE: You add an image custom field to the News module. Then, you create a news item. You can see the custom field and you can use it to add one or more images to the news item. Then, you must add the image custom field to the widget template of the News widget. When you drop the widget on a page, the website displays news, together with images.
You can add a media field to built-in and dynamic modules, as well as pages. The supported media types are images, videos, and files.
To add a media field to a module or page, perform the following:
IMPORTANT: When working in multisite, unless explicitly configured, your sites have different default providers for content. You can share content between sites but each site stores new content in their default provider. For more information, see Share content providers of modules.
You can change the provider you select at this step at a later point in time. Keep in mind that when changing providers, the provider the Related media field works with changes dynamically as you switch sites to the default provider for the current site. You can also set the source to be all shared providers. To learn about the implications when changing providers, see Considerations and dependencies.
The following table lists the default widget for each media type:
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