Bulk Editing Images in WordPress Like a Pro

If you oversee the management of your WordPress content, you’ll know how time-consuming it can be to manage and edit library images to your preferred size.

They might need to fit your page and its content sufficiently, or you could have style guidelines that your blog posts need to adhere to. Perhaps you’ve recently moved blogs or changed themes and need to update the images to reflect the new style.

At one stage, we were forced to edit our images one at a time – what a chore! But with some clever WordPress tools and a little research and imagination, we can now edit them in bulk as well. This can be through a plugin that enables bulk-editing capabilities, or through embedding a specific code into your chosen images to format them how you’d like.

There are many free and paid-for options out there, but what’s best for you? It depends on your current level of WordPress knowledge and what you’ll use the plugins for. For instance, someone who wants to simply speed up their bulk-editing of a weekly blog post worth of images won’t have the same requirements as a site admin who manages the image content on a daily basis.

Here we will cover some of the best methods out there for bulk-editing your images using WordPress, thus improving your ability to edit quickly and saving you time and money. Check out the following plugins, designed to make your image-editing experience fast and easy.

  • Simple Image Sizes

    Simple Image Sizes

    Let’s start off with a tool that lives up to its name – this really is a simple tool for resizing your images. You can override your theme sizes directly on the media options page and resize images individually or in bulk.

    Interested in Simple Image Sizes?

  • WP Media Category Management

    WP Media Category Management Plugin

    This plugin was recently upgraded to include toggle switches for every image in your library, allowing you to shut images on and off as well as toggling bulk images for multi-media support. The recent update also enabled the support of taxonomies that have been set by other plugins that may be in use, eliminating plugin antagonism and cutting back on confusion for the user.

    Features of this plugin include:

    • Implement the use of short code (brand new or in existence) to filter specific post and media gallery content.
    • Use post or dedicated media categories freely.
    • Media Library filtering capabilities allow your media lists to be filtered according to your specific tailored taxonomies.
    • Manage your media and post categories in the same fashion.
    • Bulk-toggle any taxonomy used for media directly from your Media Library by means of administration tools.

    Interested in WP Media Category Management?

  • WP Quick Featured Images

    WP Quick Featured Images Plugin

    This plugin will assist you in speedily bulk-editing your images, with a focus on featured images and thumbnails. Thumbnails are an essential part of your media usage and site marketing strategy and Quick Featured Images allows you to quickly manage these images right from your WP dashboard.

    • It has flexible filters, allowing you to choose which images you’d like to add, replace or remove.
    • You can easily see which thumbnails have been used across all posts and pages through its sortable image column.
    • You can set rules to define automatic default featured images present.

    Interested in WP Quick Featured Images?

  • Media Library Assistant

    Media Library Assistant

    This is another popular plugin that has proven itself very effective when it comes to bulk editing posts and images. The Media Library Assistant will provide the following:

    • Provides the user with over 20 listing columns.
    • Provides [mla_gallery] shortcode, which is used in a post or page to provide an entire gallery of images to use and edit as needed.
    • Provides [mla_tag_cloud] shortcode for your gallery items, keeping the most frequently used images ready at your fingertips.
    • Provides more filters for taxonomy and MIME types you may be using.
    • Full support for all taxonomies you are using.
    • Gives you the ability to un-attach pieces, as well as edit the post_parent and menu_order.
    • A ‘bulk-edit’ section, which allows you to tailor your fields, as well as update authorship and administrative duties.
    • Provides you with more information regarding the parent of every attachment.
    • Quick-edit capabilities.
    • ‘Where-use’ allows you to view which images have been used with which posts, as well as where and when they were used.
    • ‘Content Templates’ give you the ability to put together a valuation from a wide variety of information resources, conduct testing, and mix text in with your media.
    • ‘Search media’ enhancement provides you with powerful image search capabilities.
    • PDF, IPTC, and EXIF (including GPS) metadata can be easily assigned to specific fields and taxonomy terms.
    • Integrates well with other gallery plugins.
    • All-inclusive control over MIME types, file upload extensions, and icon images that are file-type.
    • Metadata attachments regarding the size of a file, where it is used, and its dimensions, can be freely assigned.

    This download covers just about everything and is widely popular among WordPress users who put out a large amount of content.

    Interested in Media Library Assistant?

  • Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

    Custom Bulk Quick Edit Plugin

    Custom Bulk/Quick Edit gives you the ability to add fields that are completely customizable to your needs on a very simple and speedy basis. You can edit the bulk-images you use and you are provided with quick-edit panels to make things even easier for you. It also allows you to reset your taxonomy, radio, and checkbox options (resetting current bulk-editing options), and edit post metas that are associated with checkboxes, radio, and text area fields. Plus it allows for tag taxonomies and category editing in bulk as well.

    While this is a pretty good plugin, providing you with the ability to take care of your bulk-editing needs fairly quickly and easily, it is important to note that in order to download and use the plugin itself you must first buy Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Premium.

    Interested in Custom Bulk/Quick Edit?

  • Bulk Re-Size Media

    This plugin makes it super-easy to resize large images or batch files in a few quick clicks. It is easy to navigate and is dependable for pulling your images through nicely, plus it will save a lot of time and money if you deal with high volumes of media content on a consistent basis. It also integrates with multisite so your administrators can maintain the site control they need. Other features of this plugin include:

    • BMG to JPG optional file conversion capabilities.
    • Auto-resizing of uploaded images (the maximum size will be maintained in the file).
    • Network administrators working with MultiSite are able to dictate image size for the entire configuration.
    • Specify the size of particular attachments to certain items with the bulk resize feature.
    • Allows quality and size to be easily configured.

    This plugin is pretty straightforward as far as bulk-editing goes, and it is perfect for users of multiSite, making admin duties far easier.

    Interested in Bulk Re-Size Media?

  • NextGEN Gallery

    NextGEN Gallery boasts the title of being the most popular WordPress gallery plugin, along with one of the most popular WordPress plugins of all time with over 10 million downloads. So what’s so good about this plugin?

    It has many features to manage your gallery of images, including the ability to bulk upload and resize thumbnails across one or more galleries. Watermarks can be added to whole galleries of images.

    Individual images can also be edited, including the meta data and image tags. You can choose between a slideshow gallery or thumbnail, which is just one example of the flexibility built into this plugin.

    Interested in NextGEN Gallery?

  • WP Meta SEO

    This plugin was born out of the frustration of not being able to edit all meta content and image meta data. As well as being able to bulk resize the images, WP Meta SEO prides itself on bulk editing all website meta through an intuitive interface and optimizing the wrong image size.

    Features include:

    • Bulk image resizing.
    • Reduce the page weight by fixing the image size.
    • Optimize images in all your post and pages.
    • Edit an image’s file name in single view.
    • Image date filtering.
    • Automatic AJAX saving.
    • Yoast SEO import and sync.
    • Alexa world rank.
    • Meta content filtering.
    • Live Google snippet preview.

Image Optimizers

If you want to reduce the size of your images across your site purely to reduce bandwidth and make your website load faster, you might consider an optimization plugin.

With a faster loading website, your readers or customers will be more satisfied. Plus, Google has included website speed as part of its search ranking algorithm. So it’s really kind of important.

Image optimizers allow you to decrease the image size by around 90% without compromising the quality of the image or website performance. Most optimize your images in bulk and support many file types, such as JPEG, PNG, and GIF (including animated). They usually back up the original images in a folder on your hosting servers in case you ever want to restore them. Choose between lossy compression for photographs, or lossless compression for animated images and technical drawings.

Image optimizers for WordPress include:

Shortcode and Bulk-Editing

Many of the plugins and updates you install for bulk editing purposes will have shortcode embedding capabilities. This is the planting of a code within a specific media during the bulk-editing process for resizing, editing, and posting purposes.

If you use a plugin that is a bit simpler in its structure and the features it offers, the use of automatic shortcode may not be an option. It’s therefore a good idea to investigate other options rather than amend the code yourself, particularly as functionality may not remain if you change themes or amend other areas of your site.

There are some great free options available and it’s worth taking the time to learn their features to personalize your site as well as save yourself some editing time.

Plugins that can be used through the WordPress interface and allow quick and easy creation of WordPress shortcodes and TinyMCE rich editor buttons include J Shortcodes, or Shortcodes UI for those who don’t have any coding knowledge or experience.

One way to force your images into the size and location you want is by removing the date path from specific media files and grouping them together in one intended folder. This method of bulk-editing does not require a plugin download and is fairly easy to implement, but some developers suggest it’s a data loss risk. If you’re using multisite, the following should make this a snap:

Go to yourdomain.com/wp-admin/network/sites.php

Click on Edit > Settings. Then look for Uploads Use Yearmonth Folders. You’ll want to change this to 0.

Final Thoughts

If your bulk image editing is a slow process and you find it is really costing you time and money, you’ll be happy to know there are other options out there.

The plugins covered above are some of the most effective and easy-to-use available for bulk image editing with WordPress, allowing you to pick up the pace on your content distribution.

Whether you’re a coding whizz or WordPress novice, plugins make this often laborious task a whole lot easier. If you are more on the expert side of the scale, investigating the shortcode plugin options is a good idea so that you can personalize the way you manage your site’s content. You could also go straight into the site and amend the code, but remember to back up your site first!

What are your favorite plugins or shortcode options for bulk-editing images? Have you had experience in using the ones we’ve mentioned? Let us know in the comments below.