How to Organize Your WordPress Media Library

November 03, 2017    Reading Time: 2 Minutes

An often-overlooked area of a WordPress website is managing media (images/documents/audio/video) you upload to your website.

By default, WordPress has a “Media” area where you can see every image and document you’ve uploaded, but when you have a large website it can be chaotic. There’s no real organization beyond what you’ve recently uploaded, type or filtering by month and year.

If you enjoy guessing when you uploaded that photo of the CEO at the company picnic last year and searching through thousands of photos, you’re good to go.

 

For the rest of us who need to get things done quickly, there’s another way.

Instead of having all photos in one container, how about we create folders and sub-folders to organize our media to make things more efficient the next time we’re updating our website?

This is where a premium third-party plugin called WP Real Media Library comes in to play.

 

The Details

With the WP Real Media Library plugin, you are able to create folders and subfolders to better organize your media.

For instance, you can create a folder called “Documents”, underneath it, two folders called “PDF” and “Word.” Now, when you upload those documents, they can be found there.

If you have a monthly newsletter that is published on the website, you can create a “Newsletter” folder and even start categorizing by year and month. Need to find last November’s PTA newsletter? Easy peasy.

One of the best parts about this plugin is that you can drag and drop media into their respective folders.

You can also upload media directly into a specific folder. Before uploading files, you can also select the folder you want to upload to, drop in 100 photos and those photos are now in the right place for future use.

Try It Out

Already have a website but want to add-on this functionality? No problem. Install the plugin and you’re off to the races. Of course, you’ll spend some time organizing, but you’ll be much more efficient in updating your website next time.

No, I wasn’t paid to write this post although the link to the plugin is an affiliate link so I’m sure I’ll receive a few pennies for your purchase, that’s not the point. It’s simply a plugin that does a wonderful job at helping you better handle the media on your WordPress website.

Find out more about this plugin: WP Real Media Library

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Last updated on May 04, 2020. Shawn is the President of Graticle, Inc.

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