If you have been going crazy for some time, looking for fast ways to upload images, many images, perhaps in bulk to upload to WordPress in the media library? There is an intelligent solution via FTP. Using Filezilla or other software.Sometimes you may have to deal with so many images that normal uploading to the WordPress media library is no longer enough.
You know what to wait for the WordPress loader …
Or you may have to deal with large files that you cannot upload from WordPress through the media library, because it has the limit of 2MB (easily accessible with high resolution images, which I know on a photographers’ site).
It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to upload hundreds of images or some gigantic files, FTP often offers you a simpler approach than the classic WordPress dashboard.
Ah! Maybe you thought … “I upload the files to the wordpress uploads folder and solve!”.
But it is not so.
The files uploaded via FTP on WordPress are not seen.
If you tried to upload files to your WordPress via FTP, you might be confused as to why the files are not seen in your media library.
Here’s the problem: for you to be able to use the media in your WordPress dashboard, the files must be registered in the WordPress database.
When you upload files via FTP, you put them on the server, but you don’t do anything to register them on your WordPress site.
To register them and use them in your media library, you need to add a few steps.
Here is the process.
How to upload files in bulk to WordPress via FTP.
To make this article as useful as possible, I will start by how to upload files to your server via FTP.
Step 1: connect your site via FTP.
To connect your site via FTP, you need:
- FTP username and password .
If you don’t have these credentials you can get them from your host.
- An FTP program.
FileZilla is a good free option and the one I will use for the tutorial.
Once you have these two things, open your FTP program and enter your credentials.
Here is what the various input fields mean:
- Host – the current URL of your website.
- Username – the username of your FTP account, which you will get from the host.
- Password – the password for your FTP account, which you will get from the host.
- Port – you can usually leave the default one, but sometimes your host will specify a different port.
Once you have connected your site, you should see something like this:
Step 2: Upload the files to your WordPress.
To upload files to your WordPress site, you need to take a look at the wp-content / uploads folder, which you have on the server.
To do this, use the folders of your FTP program.
Now you can either upload the files directly to this folder, either:
- Use the data folder that WordPress automatically creates.
- Create your folder.
It doesn’t matter much in which, the important thing is to upload the files to the upload folder or to a sub-folder inside it.
To upload files, drag them from your local site to your remote site.
Step 3: Install the free “Add From Server” plug-in.
At this point, the files you want to upload are on your server. But if you are trying to find them in your media library: they won’t be there.
We adjust! To register the files you uploaded, you need a free Plug-in called “Add From Server”.
It is in the wordpress.org list, so you can install it from your WordPress Administrator dashboard, simply by looking for it.
Step 4: Import the files into the WordPress media library using “Add From Server”.
Once the “Add From Server” Plug-in is installed and activated, access its interface.
Initially, you should see a list of all the folders in your wp-content. Click to access uploads / folders.
Browse to the uploads folder, or where you uploaded your files via FTP and you should see a list of all the files you uploaded via FTP.
Use the checkboxes to select all the files you need to upload to the WordPress library:
- All files.
- Individual files.
Then click the “import” button.
Depending on how many files you have, the process may take a while.
But once finished, you will receive a message and you will also notice that you will have all the images added to the library.
And that’s how much! Now you can use those files directly from the media library.