How to Categorize Images in WordPress

  • By Darrel Wilson
  • Last Updated: November 21, 2019

If you’ve had your website for a while, you probably have hundreds if not thousands of images in your media library. While there is no limit to how many images you can upload to your site, the truth of the matter is that with lots of images, it can be hard to find an image and reuse it.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could categorize your images in WordPress so that you have an easier time finding them? It turns out there is and in this post, I’ll show you how to categorize images in WordPress with the help of a plugin. I’ll also go over the plugin’s features and discuss the plugin’s pros and cons.

How to Categorize Images in WordPress

Organizing your media library in WordPress is a must if you want to have an easier time finding your files and images. The problem with the default WordPress media library is that it puts your images into year and month folders.

If you need to find an image because you want to reuse it again, going through your media library is time-consuming, not to mention you need to remember the image name. And if you use your cPanel, you’d have to know the exact year and month you uploaded the image to your site which is also time-consuming.

By organizing or categorizing your images, you’ll be able to create a hierarchy that makes sense to you and that allows you to quickly find images you need.

As with anything WordPress related, there is a plugin that can easily help you organize the images by assigning them categories. The plugin in question is FileBird and you can download it from the official repository. Let’s take a closer look at the plugin’s features.

FileBird Plugin Features

The FileBird plugin was created to help you organize your WordPress media library and easily find images that you’ve previously uploaded to your site. The plugin can also help you organize any future image uploads. Once you have created your categories, you can easily drag and drop images to the appropriate categories. You can also move them from one category to the next if you’ve made a mistake or changed your mind.

You can create up to 10 folders or categories with the free version of the plugin and the toolbar makes it easy to rearrange the folders, create new folders or delete them. You can also created nested folders for a more granular approach to your image organizing.

How to Use the FileBird Plugin

To start categorizing your images, go to Plugins > Add new and search for FileBird. As usual, install and activate the plugin. Then, head to your Media Library. Unlike some other media library plugins, the FileBird plugin doesn’t come with a settings page and it doesn’t have a separate page for managing your media files.

Instead, the plugin uses the native WordPress Media Library screen which makes it feel like it’s a part of default WordPress features.

As you can see from the screenshot below, the plugin has an easy-to-use toolbar which allows you to create new folders for your images, name them, and delete them. You can drag images one by one or you can click Bulk Select and categorize several images at once.

Once you drag the images to the desired folder, you will have to click back to the Uncategorized folder to drag and drop other images into their respective folders or categories.

You can also delete the folders without worrying about deleting images as well. Another feature that the FileBird plugin has is that it doesn’t change the URL or the location of the image so the links to your existing images won’t break in your posts and pages.

Who Can Benefit From Using the FileBird Plugin

The FileBird plugin is a great solution for any website owner that has a lot of images. It’s especially useful for e-Commerce websites as you can easily categorize your product photos.

It also comes in handy for any online magazine website that posts multiple stories a day or for any portfolio website so you can categorize your past projects and portfolio pieces.

FileBird Plugin Pros and Cons

The FileBird plugin is easy to use and pretty straightforward. However, it does have some pros and cons that you need to keep in mind before you decide if the plugin is the right choice for you.

On the pro side, the plugin doesn’t have a ton of settings or features. It was created to do one job and it does it well. It makes it easy to create folders for your images and categorize them so you have an easier time finding them.

The downside of the FileBird plugin is the fact that once you move the images, the plugin automatically moves you into the newly created folder which means you have to click back to sort other images. It’s not a deal-breaking feature but it can get annoying when you’re working with a large number of images.

Another downside is that the free version of the plugin allows you to create only 10 folders and nested folders. If you want to create subcategories for your images, you could quickly run into issues so you might want to spend a few minutes on brainstorming the best way to categorize your images first.

FileBird Plugin Pricing

The FileBird plugin can be downloaded for free from the official repository. The free version allows you to create up to 10 folders. There is also a premium version of the plugin available from CodeCanyon that allows you to create unlimited folders and nested folders. The premium version of the plugin is available for $25.

FileBird Plugin Video Walkthrough

If you prefer to watch a video, I made a walkthrough video that shows you how to install, activate, and use the plugin.

Final Thoughts

Organizing your media library in WordPress is impossible without the help of a plugin as the default categorizing sorts your images into year and month folders which isn’t very useful. If you’re looking for a simple and straightforward solution, the FileBird plugin is a great choice. You can create up to 10 folders that allow you to categorize the images to your liking.

Use this post and video tutorial to help you organize your images with the help of the FileBird plugin.

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