Imagine you’re updating an image gallery on your WordPress site.
And all you want to do is replace one image you used last year with a new version. But you want to keep the same file name.
You could take the time and trouble to locate the image in your Media Library, delete the file, and upload the new image.
Wouldn’t it be easier to use a plugin that makes it simple to replace the image?
Enable Media Replace
Available in the WordPress plugin repository, the free Enable Media Replace plugin makes simple work of updating and replacing files in your Media Library.
I discovered the plugin from a friend who shared it in a WordPress designer group, and am I glad she shared it.
Enable Media Replace has been a timesaver for me when I need to replace images!
Why I Like It
- Easy to use
- It has one goal: to upload a new file to replace an old file with the same name
- I don’t have to take the extra steps to delete an image in the Media Library
How the Plugin Works
Once the plugin is installed and enabled, you’ll find a new option, Replace Media, in the edit options for each file in the Media Library.
Select Replace Media to upload a new file to replace the existing file in the Media Library.
What You Need to Know
I’ve found using Enable Replace Media pretty straightforward. But if the new file isn’t displaying:
- Clear your cache if you’re not seeing the new image
- Confirm you have write permissions to the files in your uploads folder of your WordPress installation
If you’ve ever had to delete a file in order to replace it with a new version of the same name, you’ll find Enable Replace Media is a time saver for you.
One new option for uploading a new file, what could be easier?
Have you used Enable Media Replace? Or have you found another method to replace files in the Media Library?
This post is the second in my Share Your Favorite Plugin series.