21 Jan Best Media Manager WordPress Plugin
As the blog gets older, we have hundreds or even thousands of images lined up inside the gallery. Initially, when the number is under hundred or a thousand mark, the management looks easy. But, as the blog grows the management gets tougher and tougher!
This is a situation where we need a media manager plugin which can integrate additional functionalities that all can help us save time in managing the available media files. So, it’s all about finding a right plugin and you are good to go!
How easy finding that one plugin will be? Well, here I am with a compilation of best Media Manager WordPress plugins. These are all hand-picked and used personally to get an insider view.
So, have a list of requirements ready, and start the matchmaking procedure with the below-mentioned plugins, one by one. Here we begin!
#1 WordPress Real Media Library
The default WordPress Library misses out tons of features which can make it fully featured with the management tools and then makes things easy for us. However, it has to look simple and stay simple for newbies, so, we understand the point of those missing features. Thankfully, we’ve third-party developers to give us third-party solutions which are not included in the default installation. And, WordPress Real Media Library plugin is one such impressive option we all have. It’s a premium plugin, available at CodeCanyon platform and comes with six months of support from the developer. The plugin also replaces the default uploading screen and adds an interactive one. It supports audio, image, video, and even PDF files.
What it does is that it adds categories and folders system to the default media library of the WordPress with a bunch of additional options to help. Other than the folder management, there is also a mechanism of Filters. You can add filters while uploading a media file, which can later be used to help you in managing them. The RML plugin (as the developer likes calling), adds a drag & drop facility too, which works with the management aspects. Yes, you can create folders and then drag files and drop them into the appropriate folders. The developer is keen to improve the plugin with fresh updates, adding performance improvement and bug fixes. It was first released about a year ago, and have been regularly updated since. For a premium plugin, regular updates are important and a factor you all should consider before making the selection.
#2 WP Media Folder
If the first recommendation failed to impress you, then have a look at this Joomunited product. It’s again a premium plugin, available in four different pricing plans. It adds similar functionalities to the default WordPress installation which our first recommendation did, but with the slightly new user interface. It’s not like that our first one was not that good, but here is another option you can look at. It comes with again, a simple looking user interface, adding a drag & drop tool, supporting not just uploading a media file, but also for arranging or rearranging them. Creating a folder is dead simple and there is new nothing you need to learn about. Everything is just the old way and the plugin just adds few additional buttons and filters. This particular thing works as a feature because the moment you uninstall this plugin, it leaves no trace of its existence. In simple words, the media management gets back to the old shape, without getting into any chaos. Impressive, right?
The plugin in question here, allows the webmaster to create folders, and then rearrange files among those folders. These folders can be used as categories, meant for keeping a single type of file inside. Other than the addition of folders, the plugin also comes with built-in themes, to change the overall UI, and it even includes a NextGEN gallery importer tool. Yes, a single button to be pressed in order to import all the media files from other tool or websites. It has a bunch of filters too, which can help you come up with a filtered search results. It also holds a duplicate image finder tool which can replace the duplicates and reduce the complete duplication number by zero.
#3 Media Library Assistant
Are you looking for even more functionalities? And that too without paying anything? My next recommendation is a free plugin which can offer you an equal number of functionalities along with few more. The plugin in question here comes with Shortcode support and can help you with the management of media files by tagging them and later, sorting them accordingly. For the images, it can even take care of the EXIF data including the GPS location information which is not only saved in the images but can be used accordingly. The plugin can handle XMP and PDF files too which are not available by default inside WordPress. Moreover, it is compatible with other plugins like Jetpack, Photonic Gallery, and few more.
Other than these management tools, the plugin adds a search box, which is powerful enough to find images via alt tags, names, attachment IDs, or any other keyword you can remember. In fact, it supports all varieties of taxonomy which is really a helpful feature. Other than this, a quick edit option is also added to the images, allowing the webmaster to quickly make some needed changes. In short, it packs tons of features and doesn’t even ask you to pay for. What else you need?
#4 Enhanced Media Library
Another free plugin which can improve the overall management part of the default media manager tool included inside the WordPress installation. It supports all Media file types and offers MIME types control. It even supports Shortcodes which are as per the media type itself, ensuring the quickest way to implement a functionality or call the same. Another cool feature inside is the ability to create a playlist of audio and video files based on the keyword itself. The same works with the image file types too. It does come with two layouts, Grid and List and also comes in a Pro version where you pay to get a premium version with additional tools.
#5 Media Library Categories
There is no premium version of this tool and it comes in only free one. It comes with a simple functionality, adding the Categories to the Media Library. It doesn’t change anything in the default tool missed by WordPress rather simply adds the concept of categories. It definitely helps in management. The plugin also adds some bulk actions like bulk delete or selection. The feature set is minimum inside, keeping everything to-the-point and lightweight. The plugin is regularly updated to stay compatible with the latest WordPress version and right now it is even compatible with the 4.6.1 version. Yes, it is available in the official plugin repository of WordPress.
#6 WP Media Category Management
Our next recommendation is another free tool which is compatible with the latest version of WordPress and has received some good reviews so far. It adds categories to the media files and let you control the files through the same. A bulk toggle or switch is also onboard, allowing to make a bulk selection and take bulk decisions. It does well when it comes to staying compatible with the existing manager. The cool feature which I personally like is the ability to pick a category while uploading the file. Yes, it does support Shortcode. There is no paid version available yet, but the free version has been offered some decent support from the developer. Go ahead and check the reviews and support page.
#7 Foo Gallery
An intuitive plugin which primarily focuses on delivering a rich gallery experience to the end user, and also to the webmaster. Yes, it comes with tools for both, front and back ends and is available without any price tag. It’s also among the popular plugins at the official WordPress repository and clearly the highly recommended one in this category. It started with the images and now even supports video files. The free version does most of the things, while there are some paid extensions which you can also look at.
It comes with built-in support for Shortcodes, drag & drop tool for uploading and reordering (a.k.a. managing) images and galleries, templates to change the overall look of a gallery at front-end, and extension store where all paid extensions are listed. The product allows adding custom CSS too, in case you’re looking for a custom solution and not impressed with the existing layouts. Yes, things are responsive, ensuring mobile friendliness is achieved.
#8 Envira Gallery Lite
As you can get from the name, it’s a free version of the premium plugin which comes with a price tag. So, it’s a version one can test out and get familiar with the features before actually getting onboard with the premium one. The plugin is easy, fast and mobile-friendly, packing all sort of features possible to help with the media management and showcase. Coming at the features, it packs a drag & drop gallery builder, allowing the webmaster to quickly add images or videos to a particular gallery, set out the visual elements and get it published or use it in any post. The gallery implementation works with a simple Shortcode too.
As you can expect from a premium plugin, it’s regularly updated, well-supported and is totally secure to use. It rarely comes with issues which are well handled by the developers behind. It packs features like watermarking images, built-in social sharing tools, interlinking for SEO score, responsiveness to ensure dedicated support for mobile devices, pagination, image proofing and even WooCommerce integration. In short, it rarely misses out a functionality which one might require in this category.
Interested in knowing an alternative to our last two recommendations? You should check out what all feature MaxGalleria plugin has to offer. It comes with a simple approach to the existing plugins, delivering an eye-catching solution featuring impressive visuals and properly functioning tools. It packs almost every feature which is possible in this category and most of them are available without any price tag. The other features which are not part of the free version, are available via add-ons. One can easily opt for the add-on they need and can ignore the one they don’t. As usual, it is available on the official WordPress plugin repository and you should have a look at the list of feature it covers.
Before uploading an image or a video (or any other media file), always give it a proper name, as per the content, it holds inside. Never upload a file with the default name, as it will not only get the tools confused (with similar names) but, it will also get you confused. If you’re not aware yet, even Search Engines don’t like to index images which are not properly named. Also, put the file name in the Alt tag after uploading.
These were the best choice I can recommend to anyone and I hope you did find at least, one best matching with the requirements. In the case of any confusion, write the requirements and issues, so that, I can understand the customs situation and come up with a working solution or a straightforward pick.
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