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Media Library Categories
Media Library Categories adds the ability to add and use taxonomies in the media library. A drop-down of categories will appear in the media library, and you can select your categories from that. If you want to change the categories of existing items in the media library, that’s possible, too, as the plugin supports bulk editing of categories.
By default, the plugin uses the same categories as the post and pages in your WordPress, but you can also use other categories by using a bit of code in the functions.php file of your theme. Using a shortcode, you can get images of any particular category to display in a gallery format. This plugin is a good fit if all that you want to do is add categories to your media files.
To be able to filter media files based on categories while uploading to a post or page, you’ll have to opt for the premium version of the plugin.
Enable Media Replace
The task of the Enable Media Replace plugin is really simple—replace an existing media file with a new one. That’s it, no need to delete old files; rename them or re-upload them. You can replace the old files by accessing them via the Media “Edit View.” A new option “Replace Media” will appear, and simply clicking on it helps to replace a media file. One method of replacing is to simply upload a new file of the same type. The new file replaces the old one and retains the file name of the old attachment. You can also choose to rename the file with a new name and then update all the links. The links will all point to the new file then.
This function can be very useful when you want to replace or update many images in your Media Library. Using shortcodes, you can display the date and time of modification of the media file.
WP Media Category Management
WP Media Category Management supports categories for media files by using the existing categories or a dedicated media category custom taxonomy. You can change categories easily by toggling on the media list page view, including bulk toggling for multiple media files. It supports post tags and media taxonomies defined by other plugins as well.
Using this plugin, you can control media categories via admin the same way as you control post categories. It also allows you to filter media files in your media library using custom taxonomy in both list and grid views. While uploading media files, you can choose a default category.
Media File Manager
The Media File Manager allows you to create subdirectories in the upload directory and add files to them. Simultaneously, the plugin modifies the URLs in the database. A selection option is added to the post edit screen so that you can insert media directly from the subfolders.
The plugin allows you to preview a media item by using the right click option on the icon. You can create and change directories, as well as rename and move media items from one directory to another.
Some More Free Plugins
These plugins add very specific functions that you may need while managing your media library:
- WP Extra File Types allows you to add file types to the default list of file extensions supported by the WordPress Media Library upload process. A simple tick box in the user interface lets you add many media file types.
- Media Search Enhanced allows you to search all the fields in the media library, including the alt text, ID, caption, title, and description. You can search by media file name or use a shortcode to insert a media search form in posts and templates.
- WordPress Media Library Folders is another plugin that lets you add folders and subfolders in your media library. It allows you to move, copy, rename, and delete files and folders from a convenient drag-and-drop interface. You can also regenerate thumbnails and sync files/folders while uploading via FTP.
While the free plugins are efficient enough to categorize and sort media files, the premium plugins go a step further. They enable you to put the files into folders, reorder files by drag and drop, and create galleries using tags. They also come with better support.
FileBird – WordPress Media Library Folders
Have you ever had trouble when it comes to manage thousands of files of images, videos or documents that you have uploaded to your WordPress? Totally yes, right? Don’t mind much, a tool was born to help you handle this issue. Manage your media files with absolute ease with the fantastic plugin called FileBird – WordPress Media Library Folders that is developed by Ninja Team will dramatically take your WordPress Media Library to the next level.
The transparent user interface and smart context menu will let users drag and drop files into folders or have the rights to quickly create, rename or delete folders just as the same as what you do on your computer. It’s easy as falling of a log. With this tool in hand, your media files are arranged systematically, and you can easily select an image to insert in a page or post as media folders and categories are available to choose right on the page/post menu bar. What’s more, this useful plugin is entirely compatible with most popular plugins, especially the world’s most famous e-commerce plugin, i.e. WooCommerce and it also supports a great number of languages like English, Spanish, French, Italian, to name just a few.
This plugin is highly beneficial for those who are running online store for not only its friendly UI but also its highly customizable features that will definitely satisfy your purpose. For all of the mentioned features, FileBird is worth your consideration. If you want to give your WordPress media library management a shot in the arm, the FileBird plugin could be your secret weapon.
WP Media Folder
WP Media Folder allows you to navigate your media library in the same way as you navigate using your desktop browser. It allows you to drag and drop media files into folders and subfolders. Using the native WordPress media manager, you can manage and order files and images. Creating folders, navigation, and filtering is all done in no time at all. Classify all your images in a folder, and add a cover image to it for easy identification. One image can find a place in multiple folders.
The plugin relies on the native WordPress media library, and so if you want to uninstall the plugin, you’ll not lose any media files at all. The folders are generated using a custom taxonomy. This means that even if you move the media from one folder to another, the links will not be affected. You can arrange the files by file type or size or title and can filter the files accordingly. Besides, you can import entire folders from your server to your media library. An automatic sync feature allows you to sync any server folder with a media library folder.
WP Media Folder is compatible with WooCommerce and any other media plugin that relies on the WordPress Media Library. A “Replace Media” option allows you to replace old media files with new files having the same format, so the links to media are not broken. You can also use the plugin to add a watermark to all or some of the images in the media library. An add-on to the plugin helps the integration with Google Drive, Dropbox, PDF embed, and One Drive.
WordPress Real Media Library
WordPress Real Media Library—Media Categories/Folders File Manager helps you organize thousands of images and media files into categories and folders. From a single toolbar, you can create, rename, delete, and reorder folders as well as drag and drop files. While selecting media for insertion into posts and pages, you can search for the media files by filtering.
The tree view of your folders makes it easy to find the folder and then find your file within the folder. To find your files faster, you can create shortcuts. The plugin comes with an improved uploader to upload files directly to the folder. You can create dynamic galleries from the folder and order the images within the gallery any way you like. Real Media Library supports three types of folders—a normal folder that can contain all types of files except galleries, and gallery folders, which can contain only images. The third type of folder is the Collection folder, which contains no files but only gallery data, which you can use to create a visual gallery.
The plugin is compatible with Revolution Slider and touch devices. The plugin supports multisites and is developer-friendly. Developers can further extend the plugin’s functions to synchronize with external folders and in other ways.
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By-products: They’re what’s for dinner. At least if you’re a dog or cat, although my wife Teresa and I have been to some pretty fancy restaurants that served what many people would consider by-products. Liver, anyone?
Pet food ingredients and pet nutrition in general can be confusing for pet owners, but by-products get a bad rap that’s not always deserved. Let’s chew on the subject to find out more about them.
First, what are by-products that are used in pet food? By-products are the co-product of food ingredients, including portions of an animal that are less commonly used in the U.S. human food supply but can provide essential nutritional benefits. Some examples of by-products include clean animal parts like the liver, kidneys, heart, lungs, spleen, corn gluten meal and tallow. Doesn’t sound that different from what you’d see African wild dogs eating on Nat Geo WILD.
I’ll be the first to say that some of those things don’t seem appetizing to the human palate. However, by-products are incredibly nutrient-dense and highly palatable to animals. In fact, cats and dogs in the wild instinctively eat these organs first because they bring a wealth of nutrients such as protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals to the table. So it’s not a bad thing to feed by-products in your pet food so long as it is part of a complete and balanced diet.
I asked my colleague Dr. Tony Buffington, a veterinary nutritionist, if by-products have any benefits for pets. Here’s what he had to say.
“Properly produced by-products can provide a wide range of essential nutrients for pets and can be a safe and economical use of biological material.”
That’s a benefit to both humans and other animals, he notes.
Now, depending on the source and the processing, the nutrient content of by-products isn’t always reliable. Poor processing can allow by-products to become contaminated. Improper processing can also result in less availability of nutrients. That’s why it’s important to know the manufacturer’s reputation.
Pet owners can ensure their pet’s food is safe and healthy, whether it includes by-products or not, by checking to make sure manufacturers meet or exceed FDA and AAFCO standards. For example, going directly to a manufacturer’s website to learn more about what safety and quality standards they are employing such as testing raw materials for impurities and nutrient content or working with food scientists, veterinary professions and nutritionists to develop products. Any meat and poultry by-products from farm animals should originate at facilities certified by the USDA or equivalent authority.
“Avoiding all these potential problems is the responsibility of pet food manufacturers using by-products,” Dr. Buffington says. “Their success depends on the vigilance and integrity of the company.”
In general, pet owners should research the quality and safety standards of the company that makes their pet food. It’s important to know who makes your pet’s food, where it’s made, and what steps does the manufacturer take to ensure the quality and safety of their food. Here are a few tips for pet owners to learn more about their pet food:
- Look beyond the ingredient list on the package and check the quality of the manufacturing and how stringent are the quality standards of the company making the food.
- Go to your pet food manufacturer’s website. See if they own their factories, is their food made in the United States, and what steps do they take to ensure their pet foods meet or exceed FDA and AAFCO standards for safety and quality;
- Call your pet food manufacturer and ask them about their manufacturing process, their quality and safety standards and the ingredients they use in their foods. They should be able to explain why they use any ingredient and the nutritional benefits;
- Talk to your veterinarian. They understand pet food nutrition and can provide recommendations on pet foods that are safe and healthy for your pets.