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Get Organized! Clean up your WordPress Media Area today!

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.

Organize Your WordPress Media Library, Enhanced Media Library 1.0.2

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.

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!

Create your media categoriesSo, this is what your Media Library looks like before you start categorizing your images:

what your Media Library looks like before you start categorizing your images

Now, let’s modify an existing image and assign a media category and fill in the descriptions and alt tags. 

When modify an existing images, be sure to fill in all the fields.

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. 

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:

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. :)

Now, you can actually filter your images by category when you're looking to add them to a post or a page.

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.

Melissa

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Melissa Barham

Web & Graphics Designer, Virtual Assistant at MelissaBarham.com
Work at home mom, wife and social media junkie. I Provide small businesses with WordPress and Graphics Design along with DIY WordPress Tips & Training.
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Work at home mom, wife and social media junkie. I Provide small businesses with WordPress and Graphics Design along with DIY WordPress Tips & Training.


Comments

  1. Oh Melissa! Thank you so much for this amazing response to my WP challenge! I’m so glad I found you when I did and had the opportunity to reply on your Facebook post!
    I really needed this plugin so badly! Especially now that I have created even more photo heave posts on my blog! I will install this plugin as soon as I can get to my computer today and I’ll make sure to do a review on it on my blog! I’ll let you know when it’s up in a month or two. ;)

  2. Melissa, this is awesome! Thanks for sharing this plugin! And I’m totally okay with the little bit of extra time to organize what I already have :D LOLz I’ve got lots of practice since migrating to the new domain! So it’s all good!

    This plugin is definitely going to be very helpful! Thanks again! You rock! As always!! <3
    Kimberly ~ Gypsy recently posted…Clever Jedi Mind Trick to Help Tame Clutter and Put Out Those Hot SpotsMy Profile

  3. Hi Melissa,

    Great find, I can think of a few clients who desperately need this… What drives me crazy is when they don’t name their images, so when they say “oh you can use a previous image of so and so…” I’m like, how do I find that then?!!!

    Will be advising them all to get this plugin, and will also add it to all my websites!

    Jo :)
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  4. Wow – this is going to be so useful. I can’t tell you the time I’ve wasted searching through my media library for half remembered images etc. It will take me a while to organise but will be so worth it. Thanks for telling us about this plug-in

  5. Love, Love, Love this, Melissa!

    That has been something that frustrates me when searching for media and this plugin will really help organize things. It’s on my project list for November!

    Thanks for sharing such a great resource.
    Cathy Jennings recently posted…3 Ways to Make the Most of an Event or ConferenceMy Profile

    • Awesome, Cathy! Yes, I love that I can now create categories for different things. Just think, you can even create categories for events or products and file specific files under those categories too.

      This has been one of my better plugin finds over the last few months. I’ve had it on my site for about two weeks now and I’m still really excited about it’s usefulness! :)
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  6. I’d love to give it a whirl, but boy, oh boy, it would be nice if there were bulk changes that could be made. I think I’ll be fairly impatient going through all of them. Maybe I can find someone to outsource this fun task too :)
    Loralee Hutton recently posted…Entrepreneur Overwhelm and Daily PracticeMy Profile

  7. AH! Thank YOU! I have been desperate (without actually looking) to get those organized and easier to manage.
    Nicole Bandes recently posted…Time Management Tip Tuesday – EmailMy Profile

  8. Hi Melissa and others!

    Thank you very much for your great post and kind words about my plugin! I think you have to know that I am currently working on the next version of it and along with a new website with comprehensible (I hope) documentation (with a lot of images) that will reveal some details about how the plugin could be useful for its users.

    Bulk edit is also in development right now, though it will be a part of premium version of the plugin. But it promises to be cheap enough :)

    Cheers,
    Nadia

    • Nadia,

      Thanks so much for dropping in. That is awesome to hear. I will definitely keep and eye out for the updates. I’d love to try the premium version when it’s out and update this post, the bulk edit would be icing on the cake. :)

      -Melissa
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  9. So, I went and got it. And, it is not really ready for prime time. Oh, that’s not fair. If you are starting out with your blog- then, it’s perfect. (Most of us fail to know what plug-ins are, let alone are good, when we start, but…)
    Because this tool needs a quick edit button. Otherwise, you must open up EACH media item and categorize it. I have more than 1000 and lack the patience- and the time- to do so. I’ll decide if I keep it for my next additions, though, this week.
    Roy A Ackerman PhD EA recently posted…SciFi or just Sci?My Profile

    • Thanks for dropping by, Roy. Yes, I agree for those of us who have been blogging for years the thought of organizing all those old files is well… overwhelming and might not seem like it’s worth it.

      For newbie blogger or new WP installs though this, in my humble opinion, is a must have. In the long run would be invaluable. :)

      I’ll be sure to update this post and share my thoughts on the plugin again after it’s updated to add that bulk edit option. When that happens it will be fantastic for all bloggers. :)
      Melissa recently posted…Get Organized, Clean up your WordPress Media Area Today!My Profile

    • Yes I agree with Roy about the quick edit, and with you Malissa about the bulk edit and I have 1 more feature I’m missing:

      “add a new category in upload mode”

      Say I haven’t created a category yet for some images I’m uploading right now within a post. Well then I have to go back in, create a category after I upload, then go to the library, find those 10 images and organize them (this, without the quick edit or bulk edit option, is very tedious). I really wish this plugin had a feature that would allow me to add a new category while in upload mode.

      I don’t always know what category to create before I upload… Usually I upload while writing/editing because some photos I find online and I need to search for ones that fit what I’m trying to say in my post. I can only bulk upload images that are my own and that I know I will use in that post, but I find online images live while I work on the post..

      Been struggling with this q for the longest time –> Should I organize the images by flowers, houses, furniture etc. or should I organize them by the post each image is uploaded to? I tried the first way but it got too elaborate and too hard to keep up with.. This has made me stop using the plugin..

      Maybe each post should have it’s own category… After 1000 posts, this might become a bit too much… Thank God for the “patent” feature! Maybe I should just create a category for each nav bar dropdowns & then make each post a “category”…

      Like say I could have a “Organizing” main patent category, then subcategories: living room, bedroom, kitchen, playroom etc., then have each one of those have each blog post as subcategories. So all my post about my studio/office organization will have categories names after each of the posts in the studio/office series I did. I don’t know..

      Wow this ended up being a long comment… sorry about that! Still struggling with this…and brainstorming how to get the most out of this plugin.. How did you end up using it Mellisa?
      Gabi recently posted…Our Camping Trip – Aug. 2014My Profile

  10. This is amazing! I can tell you, after years of blogging – my media library is soooooo out of control. A year ago, I did start naming the uploads in a way that makes sense and makes it searchable but this plugin will really save time and sanity.

    Thank YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  11. Thank you. I didn’t know that you can organize your media uploads. Now I know.

  12. I. Love. You.

    I have been near frustration-tears over the past few days trying to figure out a good plug-in for this. Thank you google for popping your blog up first in the search engine.

    Melissa you are a lifesaver.

    Zoe
    toastytalk.com

  13. This was excellent – thank you!
    I have been searching for something to organize my WP images – this should fit the bill.

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