WP Media Category Management


This WordPress plugin will ease the management of media categories, including bulk actions.
It supports categories for media using either the existing post categories or a dedicated media_category custom taxonomy.
The plugin supports easy category toggling on the media list page view and also bulk toggling for multiple media at once.
It now also supports post tags and media taxonomies defined by other plugins.

Main Features

  • Use post categories or dedicated MCM media categories.
  • Control your media categories via admin the same way as post categories.
  • Bulk toggle any media taxonomy assignment from Media Library via admin.
  • Filter media files in Media Library by your custom taxonomies, both in List and Grid view.
  • Use new or existing shortcode to filter the media on galleries in posts and pages.
  • Use a default category while uploading (see FAQ section).

Premium Features

  • Use functionality to manage whether users are allowed or disallowed to manage media.
  • Use WPMCM Gallery block to filter the media on galleries in posts and pages.
  • Filter media per user on several places like List or Grid view and showing media with block or shortcode.
  • Export MCM Categories and / or attachment information filtered by user.
  • Use WP Importer functionality for exported information, even on sites without WP MCM Premium installed.
  • Use WPMCM Gallery block layout when using wp-mcm shortcode to filter the media in posts and pages.


  • The admin page showing the options for this plugin.
  • Managing the new Media Category taxonomy.
  • Setting Media Category options for a media post.
  • Media List page view showing individual toggle options for first media post.
  • Media List page view showing bulk toggle actions for selected media post.
  • Media List page view showing filter options for Media Categories.
  • Media Grid page view showing filter options for Media Categories.
  • The admin page showing the shortcode explanations for this plugin.
  • The post edit page showing an example using the [wp-mcm category=”fotos”] shortcode.
  • The post page showing the results of the example using the [wp-mcm category=”fotos”] shortcode.
  • User List page view showing additional user settings for managing media.
  • User Profile page view showing additional user settings for managing media.
  • The post edit page showing an example using the WPMCM Gallery block filtering on MCM Categories Fotos.
  • The post page showing the results of the example using the WPMCM Gallery block filtering on MCM Categories Fotos.
  • The admin page showing the options for Import – Export using this plugin.


  1. Upload plugin folder to ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress admin
  3. Adjust plugin’s settings on WP MCM -> Settings
  4. Enjoy WordPress Media Category Management!
  5. Use shortcode [wp_mcm taxonomy="<slug>" category="<slugs>"] in your posts or pages, see also WP MCM -> Shortcodes


How do I use this plugin?

On the options page, define which taxonomy to use for media: either use the standard post taxonomy, a dedicated media taxonomy or a custom media taxonomy.
Define the categories to be used for media.
Toggle category assignments to media, either individually or in bulk.
Use category filter when adding media to posts or pages.

How do I use this plugin to support the media taxonomy of another plugin?

There are a number of plugins available for managing media categories.
This plugin now supports the settings previously defined to support those media categories.

Check out the MCM Settings page which shows an option “Media Taxonomy To Use”.
The dropdown list of this option shows a list of all taxonomies currently used by this WordPress installation.
The option “(P) Categories” is the taxonomy defined by default for posts.
The option “MCM Categories” is the taxonomy previously defined as “Media Categories” by version 1.1 and earlier of this plugin.
If there are other taxonomies currently assigned to attachments, the list shows the corresponding taxonomy slug prefixed with (*).
When such a taxonomy is selected to be used, the taxonomy will be registered anew with the indication “(*) Custom MCM Categories“.
As long as this taxonomy is selected, the functionality available for “MCM Categories” is now available for these “(*) Custom MCM Categories“, i.e. toggling and filtering.
The name shown for the “(*) Custom MCM Categories” can be changed using the option “Name for Custom MCM Taxonomy” on the MCM Settings page.

How can I use the “Default Media Category”?

First enable the option “Use Default Category” on the MCM Settings page.
When enabled and a media attachment has no category defined yet, the value of “Default Media Category” will be assigned automatically when a media attachment is added or edited.
The default value is also used in the [wp_mcm] shortcode to automatically filter the attachments to be shown.

Steps to assign a default category while uploading:

  1. Enable “Use default category” in Settings
  2. Define the default category to use
  3. Upload the media for this category
  4. Repeat from step 2 for other categories

How do I use the shortcode of this plugin?

Use the [wp_mcm] shortcode. Various shortcode uses are explained in the WP MCM -> Shortcodes page.


فبراير 16, 2023
This is a good plugin. Does what it says it’s going to do. The developer has an open mind and reads feedback. Great features that I can tell a lot of thought went into. Refreshing, and no annoying things asking me for money. Thanks!
دجنبر 30, 2020
I tried a couple of others, but the simpicity of this plugin is what I’m looking for. The categories are managed by the built-in WP functions, and the picture can be easily categorized either during uploading (on the spot), or afterwards with a simple click. Bsides, when you insert the media into the webpage, it gives the same categories, so you can easily filter those what’s approrpiate in the current case. I use it within a page builder (Visual Composer) and it works great – a place where even the more hyped category managers fail! Absolutely recommended!
أبريل 9, 2020
I love this plugin for categorizing and filter my media library of documents and images. I have eight categories and over 400 PDFs and image files. The filtering is so helpful when trying to find the correct item.
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