1. Donna Cavalier

    There have been plugins for this for quite some time. Here are a couple of them:

    Enhanced Media Library – https://wordpress.org/plugins/enhanced-media-library/

    Media Tags – https://wordpress.org/plugins/media-tags/


    • Patrick B

      Agreed, though both of those plugins try to do quite a bit more and solve other additional problems. This one tries to do one straight forward thing that the largest number of people might find useful. At least from my perspective. So while i really like the notion of being able to categorize my media, those others might be a little more than what some need (maybe with the exception of Media Tags). Since it so closely replicates the experance of using tags and categories through posts, it creates less of a barrier for clients. It’s nice when you don’t have to really explain a plugin all that much.


  2. Felix Arntz

    Thanks for the feedback! I will work on improving the UI for single attachments to make use of the Categories/Tags interfaces from the post editing area in a future version of the plugin. It’s kind of tricky to get them in there, so I didn’t do it for the initial release.

    A note on attachment taxonomies in Core: I think the problem is that using `register_taxonomy_for_object_type()` isn’t sufficient to get a usable interface. While custom taxonomies integrate perfectly into regular post types, attachments have a custom UI and therefore work differently – and I wouldn’t have made a plugin if it had just been for the plain registration of taxonomies.

    I understand that Core doesn’t want to add these taxonomies by default, but it would certainly help if the underlying infrastructure would support custom attachment taxonomies out of the box. Maybe we can work on that someday.


  3. Jason Witt

    This is what I call a SOBIC plugin.



  4. Graham Armfield

    There was a call during Rian Rietveld’s presentation at WordCamp Europe for the whole of the media area to get a looking at as there are a number of accessibility issues with the user interface.

    That’s obviously a bigger job than a few tweaks, her aspiration was that it could be done as a feature plugin. Any design should take accessibility into account.


  5. Matthias

    I can recommend the WP Real Media Library plugin. It adds visual folders to your wordpress media library view for a better and faster organization:


    WP Real Media Library is a WordPress plugin that allows you to easily manage your media library in your blog. Using this plugin, you’ll be able to organize the thousands of images, audio, video, and PDF files in your media library in folders. Basically, it’s like WordPress categories for your media library.


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