The Best Plugins to Clean Up Your WordPress Media Library

WordPress is amazing! It’s the world’s most popular and intuitive content management system, powering more than ⅓ of the internet. I could talk for hours — and have — about the amazing plugins, themes, features, coding structure, and backend editor that have made WordPress what it is today. 

However, one of the features that WordPress has not improved lately is the media library. Thankfully, there are a lot of amazing, must have plugins that can make your web management easier, speed up your site, and even organize a chaotic system of thousands of images and files. 

Here are my top favorite media library plugins:

Media Deduper Pro

Tell me if this sounds familiar: you need an image for your blog post. You know you’ve uploaded the perfect image before and have spent the last 10 minutes searching the media library for it with no luck. In the end, you decide to upload the same image again.

Having duplicate images on your site is bad for many reasons: it clutters your media library and can slow down your site by loading multiple images that could otherwise be cached. 

This plugin is built to prevent that exact scenario. Media Deduper Pro will create an index of all duplicate files on your site, allow you to merge them, and also prevent future duplicates from being uploaded. This plugin works with dozens of popular plugins like ACF, WooCommerce, Yoast SEO, and Gravity Forms. 

Make sure you backup your site (and uploads directory) before using this plugin, and spring for the $20 for the pro version, so you can get the smart delete feature. 

This plugin is a must-have for any site, especially if you have multiple web managers. 

Imagify

Over-sized images are one of the biggest issues that will slow down your site. Websites that are getting larger use more resources and therefore are getting slower. If images aren’t compressed to the correct size, it causes slower load times and can lead to frustration among your users. A quick installation of this plugin will compress images in a matter of minutes, without losing any image resolution. 

There are many payment options including one-time plans, as well as monthly subscriptions. Either way, this plugin is a must for anyone who wants a fast site!

FileBird

This free plugin creates folders in the WordPress media library. Gone are the days of just having a giant list of thousands of images. FileBird provides you all the control directly in the media library and easily allows you to create an unlimited number of folders and to organize media easily. You can also group images through an easy drag-and-drop interface. The plugin is compatible with dozens of popular visual builders and plugins.

Regenerate Thumbnails

This is a useful plugin that does exactly what it says: regenerates thumbnails for select or all images on your site. This can be very useful if you introduce a new thumbnail size, you’ve changed dimensions of existing thumbnails, or if you change themes. One of the nicer features is that the plugin cleans up after itself, as it has the ability to delete old, unused thumbnails to free up server space.

Media File Renamer

This plugin allows you to rename your media files; either automatically or manually. This can be helpful to replace those long, ugly URLs with spaces and other special characters. It makes your images much more SEO friendly and keeps your WordPress media library nice and tidy. All references to the old file names are replaced and updated. The free version is great and the premium version offers some extra tools for developers at only $24.  

Enable Media Replace

One of the most frustrating aspects of the media library is that you can’t easily replace an existing file. If you upload the wrong file, you have to delete it, upload the new file, and manually go through the site to replace it (leading to the necessity of Media Deduper). This simple plugin allows you to upload a new file on the media edit screen. You can then replace the file OR replace the file, use a new file name, and update all links. The latter option can be helpful if you’re replacing a PDF and the report name changed. 

Using these plugins will take your media library to the next level. Your site will be faster and your visitors will be more engaged.

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