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How to Organize WordPress Media Library Effectively with Plugin

updated on Apr 28, 2017
How to Organize WordPress Media Library Effectively with Plugin Generally speaking, the WordPress Media Library comes with great tools for you to manage the media files used in your posts and pages. However, there are some instances where you need to take an action for the better management of the files in it. For example, it is hard for you to locate an old file if you run a business site or a big blog because a large number of media files are regularly uploaded into Media Library. In this article, we will show you how to organize WordPress Media Library effectively.

After our exploration, we advise you to use the Enhanced Media Library plugin to create categories for media items. Since Enhanced Media Library can help users save much time in sorting the media files they need on the basis of categories or file types, it has attracted more than 100,000 users and has achieved 4.5 out of 5 stars in the user rating.

Organize Media Library with Enhanced Media Library Plugin

There are two methods available for you to use a plugin. One is to upload the plugin folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory, and the other is to install the plugin via Plugins > Add New on your WordPress Dashboard. Since Enhanced Media Library can be accessed directly, there is no need for you to upload the plugin folder manually.

Enhanced Media Library

With Enhanced Media Library installed and activated, you need to go to Media > Media Categories page where you can add a new category with the name, slug, and description. If you have no idea, you can have a reference to the below screenshot.

Add New Category

Once you click on the Add New Media Category button, your settings will be displayed on the right side of that page. If you want to edit or delete the category, you can make your changes easily.

Edit Category

Now, you are able to organize your media items effectively with different categories when you pay a visit to your Media Library. You need to select a media item and assign it into a category on the lower right corner.


Then you are able to filter the item by Media Category. A dropdown is available for you to locate the item you need. The number, which is along with the category, shows that how many items are inside the category.

Filter by Media Category

By default, WordPress allows you to sort media files on the basis of file types, such as, images, video, audio, and PDFs. With the help of Enhanced Media Library, you are able to filter media files based on media categories. Therefore, it is much easier for you to organize your media files.

Final Verdict

Previously, you may fall into the sea of pictures where you cannot find the media item you want. At present, you should have a clear idea about how to organize your Media Library effectively under the guidance of the steps and pictures. Certainly, there are some alternatives to Enhanced Media Library. As long as you are able to well manage your media files, you are free to use any of them.