Sometimes it can be hard to keep track of how many photos and videos you have in your WordPress Media Library. It’s impossible to keep track of them all, and sometimes we end up with a bunch of folders that we don’t even need. Thankfully, FileBird provides a solution for this problem! With FileBird you can easily organize your media library into categories.
You can organize your media library into categories using FileBird’s “Add” tab. For example, to group together all of your video files you would simply select “Video” as the category, and the file will then be added to that category. You can group similar files together into folders too.
You can also search for content in your whole Media Library at once by adding the content’s keywords to FileBird’s search expressions field and typing them in there.
You can then use FileBird’s “Downloader” tab to download all of the media you have in that category without having to log into your WordPress Dashboard. This is great for when you are on the go! You can even set up FileBird to automatically create a folder on your computer every time it downloads media so that you can always have access to all of your media.
It does not really consolidate duplicate content, but it does organize it by date, date modified, name, etc. which may be good enough depending on how much content you have.
It does not provide a place to view media from specific categories that you have added. This could only really be done if the content is downloaded to your computer as well, which would require a lot of space.
The “Downloader” tab will only download media from the current category it is in. I don’t think this is a big deal, but it should be noted because it can not be changed without creating a custom FileBird plugin.
Would I use FileBird again?
If the situation doesn’t change, then no. I don’t really like folders in my wp media library and use direct links instead.
It may be nice in some scenarios where you have a large number of files to download, but it will not be helpful in your day-to-day usage. For the most part, you’re better off using direct links with FileManager. That being said, if you’re still wondering whether or not to use FileBird for your WordPress Media Library, here is why I used filebird instead of regular file manager
- Can view all of your files in one place
- Can manage many files at once
- Looks nice and is easy to use
- Organize your whole Media Library into categories
- Search your whole Media Library for certain content
- You can’t organize your files by category
- Cannot download individual folders of files without also downloading the entire media library
- Limits on the number of files that can be downloaded at one time (due to some sort of file size limit). Can’t remember what it was though… But it was definitely more than 10. If you try to download more than this, it simply starts over again at the beginning of the first batch of 10.
- No direct link options – can only download the whole library or nothing at all. Obviously, this is an issue if you wanted to keep uploading new media directly into your media library instead of downloading it again later.
Personally, I was not a fan of filebird and for this reason, I found no need to use it. I do like how it looks and I think if I wanted to organize my files by date or something else, then I would use this application. However, most plugins that were already on the internet allowed me to do this and manage my files as well which is why I chose not to use filebird. However, if you were looking for an application that allowed you to organize by date, sort files by size, keywords, etc.– Filebird would be a good option for you.