A few weeks back I asked my Facebook followers what their biggest WordPress challenges were. Gabi at Restful Living posted on an awesome topic, the WordPress Media Library. Here’s part of her response:
“How to organize the photos u uploaded to the wp media library, into folder/archives…
…Sometimes I need to use a photo that I have used on a previous post and I can
easily see how it can become a pain after a while, scrolling down the library”
This one of my favorite responses because I think anyone who works with WordPress has been frustrated at least once or twice because they knew the image they were looking for was hiding in there somewhere… but… where exactly?
I’ve found a solution and it’s awesome!
It’s called the “Enhanced Media Library” Plugin for WordPress.
This post is going to be VERY picture heavy so consider yourself warned. I just can not get over the awesomeness of this one so I apologize in advance if I seem to be excited and geeking out over it as I share it with you!
Remember, in any of my tutorials you can
click on ANY image to enlarge it to full size!
Simply install the plugin and the first thing you may notice is you now have a “Media Settings” menu in your left hand WordPress column. If you access the “MIME Types” you can allow or disable specific types of uploads.
You’ll also notice, under your “Media” menu you now have a “Categories” area which wasn’t there before. You can now add your own categories. Images, Design Files, PDFs & Documents, Videos, MP3s, etc!
Now, let’s modify an existing image and assign a media category and fill in the descriptions and alt tags.
Now, here is what your media library will look like once you’ve filed your images, notice there is a “Media Category” section and you can easily see what category your image is in. These are clickable so you can filter by Media type now.
When you upload an image via a page or blog post it will look like this and you’ll be able to take care of all these options and settings with each upload:
How awesome is that? Here’s the best part though. Now, when you’d like to search for an image for a blog post or page you can actually FIND it by narrowing your library down to view the particular category. If you still have a ton of images listed you can always then use the ‘search’ box to find a key word you would have entered in the ‘alt text’ or ‘description’ area. :)
I am in LOVE with this plugin. The only downside that I have come across was (that as of writing this blog post) there isn’t a way to bulk modify the images. So, for example you can’t select all the images you’ve previously uploaded on one page and assign them to a category. All in all though, I love these features and I’m totally excited to get my Media Library whipped into shape. :)
What do you think, will this plugin be helpful to you or make your life easier in the long run? Let me know in the comments below.
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