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  3. Wednesday, April 22 2015
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how does WPMF compare to the WP plugin "Media Library Assistant"? (link below)

this plugin seems to be able to create folders, and do bulk actions (moving between folders, bulk uploading), and happens to be free by donation

I installed it to test out, and hey, all seems to work... but, man, does it ever have a LOT of capabilities, many revolving around MIME types, taxonomies, etc, etc, and frankly I can't begin to understand what it means... so, I just left all on default an all seemed OK

however, your plugin seems to be much simpler, and probably all I really need... my main goal is to be able to better organize my images, by placing them into folders, just like I would do on my regular PC... I need to be able to move files between folders, and do bulk upload of images... also, ned to be able to see these folders when I need to pick an image, not just from regular page/post edit screens, but also from *directly within* the insert file screens of 3rd party plugins, eg. slideshow sliders like Slider Revolution and Layer Slider... most of my files would be plain images

the native WP media manager is a joke for this, since it piles all files into one big heap sorted by month uploaded, which seems useless and is brutal to navigate through once you have more than 50 files!

*** Q: am I missing something here, or does your plugin do all that MLA does (for my needs anyway), but without the features/capabilities overkill that I fear MLA has? ***

WPMF sure does look a lot simpler and I like the visual look of the folders... I don't mind paying $14 at all, but sure like to be able to test it out first

thanks!

INFO for MLA here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/media-library-assistant/
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Hi Ssouci,

I just give a try to this plugin, indeed it's quite complete and complex if you're not familiar with WP advanced functions and images data.

Let me try to answer you about WPMF.

placing them into folders, just like I would do on my regular PC.

This is exactly what we've tried to do with this plugin.

but also from *directly within* the insert file screens of 3rd party plugins

Yes it will work because it uses only WordPress native media manager and our own media category taxonomy to display folders. Note that folder are not physical "folder" on the server, this is the way to remain all your media untouched if you disable or uninstall the plugin. It's a WP taxonomy.

am I missing something here, or does your plugin do all that MLA does (for my needs anyway), but without the features/capabilities overkill that I fear MLA has?

I'm afraid it's the case, indeed :D

but sure like to be able to test it out first

We don't have test version, just demo page (http://www.joomunited.com/wordpress-demo/wp-media-folder)
If you find anything that doesn't fit your need, drop us a billing ticket, we can refund you.

Cheers,
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Hey folks,

I was hoping to use WP Media Folder in conjunction with Media Library Assistant... Unfortunately, the two do not play nicely together, and it basically breaks the Media interface.

Media Library Assistant adds a lot of things like categories and tags to my media that I rely on heavily. I was really wanting a folder-style organization with WP Media Folder, though. I guess I'll have to disable WPMF until the day comes when it's a little more interoperable with other plugins... Shame!
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Hi Tristan,

I can't seem to find the button to create a new question but this question is related.

If I understand you correctly, are you saying in this post that all media files are still in the wp-content/uploads folder and the directories created with WPMF are just "virtual" ?

We are migrating an existing site containing thousands of media files to WP. What if we want to retain the original file structure such as "/uploads/presentations/2015/energy.pdf"? Is there a workaround in WPMF to accommodate that?
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Hi Robert,

Yes media remains in place, no links to media will be broken, we add a custom taxonomy to create virtual folders.
It also means that if you uninstall/disable the plugin everything will be back like in the WordPress default manager.

Cheers,
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Thanks Tristan, I appreciate your the quick reply.

How about my 2nd question, on retaining inks to media not stored in wp-content/uploads?
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How did you create this file structure? "/uploads/presentations/2015/energy.pdf"
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those are links to downloadable files from an old non-WP site, so they are customized.

we want to switch to WP, but are thinking twice due to WP media library limitations and the thousands of links such as those which is a pain to update
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OK got it :)
Then you have 2 options, put back the files in the same folder such as "/uploads/presentations/2015/energy.pdf" use the importer and put back the media in your library.

Cheers,
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