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Opened 11 years ago

Closed 11 years ago

Last modified 10 months ago

#23594 closed enhancement (wontfix)

Categorization of files in Media Library (i.e. folders, tags, etc.)

Reported by: titush's profile titush Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 3.5.1
Component: Media Keywords: ui-feedback close
Focuses: Cc:


Hi, the new media library is great but if you have a site with a lot of images, it is really hard to find anything.

My suggestion would be to allow admins to create a folder structure for media files, so that content can be grouped accordingly. If folders are not an option, then I would at least like to see tags as a taxonomy for media files. Anybody who has more than 100 files of media in the library can't possibly be happy about how they find their media.

Thanks for considering this. I know it's been a request in the forums for something like 3 years now, and there was a lot of hope in the community that the new media library would accommdate for this.

NextGen Gallery probably comes closest to what I am thinking of, but sometimes you don't want a bloated gallery plugin when all you want to do is categorize your media library files..

Change History (19)

#1 @ocean90
11 years ago

  • Keywords needs-ui ui-feedback removed
  • Milestone Awaiting Review deleted
  • Resolution set to worksforme
  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Type changed from feature request to enhancement
  • Version 3.5.1 deleted

You can already register taxonomies for media. With #21391 it became also easier. Here is an example plugin.

Last edited 11 years ago by SergeyBiryukov (previous) (diff)

#2 @titush
11 years ago

  • Keywords ui-feedback added
  • Resolution worksforme deleted
  • Status changed from closed to reopened
  • Version set to 3.5.1

Thanks ocean90,

however I believe that is exactly my point. 95% of the users won't understand how to sort their content using the metadata, let alone playing with the functions.php file.

Is there no way to increase usability here a little bit? To me, a heavy WP user for many year, it comes as no surprise that a (now semi-commercial) plugin like Nextgen is so popular. Wordpress is really far behind when it comes to media management, and your answer (no blame, I understand) confirms this.

Again, I'd appreciate if you could share with the team if there is a way to increase the usability of media management in Wordpress, without having to make a lot of tweaks, rather "out of the box".



#3 @SergeyBiryukov
11 years ago

  • Milestone set to Awaiting Review

#4 @thee17
11 years ago

  • Cc charles@… added
  • Version changed from 3.5.1 to trunk

Kind of related #14370

#5 @thee17
11 years ago

  • Version changed from trunk to 3.5.1

Change version back, not sure why it changed.

#6 @markoheijnen
11 years ago

  • Keywords close added

I aso agree with ocean90 for closing this. Yes categorizing of media would be cool to have but for now it seems a plugin can deal with that. Terms does really help out but you probably need some extra stuff

Also just saying something global what you do now doesn't help. Also not 95% of the users would see this as an issue. No clue what the percentage would be. To me the new dialog does really help out. And if you can be specific on how to make it better please point out but be specific on it.

#8 @nacin
11 years ago

  • Milestone Awaiting Review deleted
  • Resolution set to wontfix
  • Status changed from reopened to closed

As ocean90 said, we already allow for taxonomies for attachments. If a plugin wanted to make these more awesome or more intuitive, they certainly could.

Rather than directories that someone manually sorts files into, I would want core to improve on its existing filtering, sorting, and searching options. This kind of "smart" organization is more flexible, much less burden on the user, and allows for multiple "workflows" (otherwise one user might dictate the workflow of many other users based on folder layouts, and that can be burdensome).

I'm closing this out again. This remains plugin material. If a plugin has yet to do this really, really well, that's all the more reason for it to be done in a plugin before core tries to build it.

#9 @SergeyBiryukov
11 years ago

#24715 was marked as a duplicate.

This ticket was mentioned in Slack in #core by ocean90. View the logs.

9 years ago

This ticket was mentioned in Slack in #core by swissspidy. View the logs.

8 years ago

This ticket was mentioned in Slack in #core-images by joemcgill. View the logs.

8 years ago

This ticket was mentioned in Slack in #core-media by joemcgill. View the logs.

8 years ago

#14 @melet
7 years ago

4 years have passed but Media Library still remains one of biggest usability holes in WP.
@nacin perhaps you'd finally reopen the ticket and add real folders functionality (not tags or categories) to WP?

#15 @ocean90
6 years ago

#43377 was marked as a duplicate.

#16 @SergeyBiryukov
6 years ago

#45031 was marked as a duplicate.

#17 @femur
5 years ago

You can make REAL folders and organize all your media using the new plugin Media File Organizer ( )

I helped work on its development for one of my sites and it works great... and it is free!

Please give it a try and see if you like it. I'm really excited about it as a solution for this problem!

I should add the Media File Organizer is really new and if people like it I hope they will spread the word.

#18 @SergeyBiryukov
2 years ago

#55761 was marked as a duplicate.

#19 @swissspidy
10 months ago

#59512 was marked as a duplicate.

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