Disable Media Pages


Completely disable “attachment” pages created by WordPress.

By default, WordPress creates a page for each of your attachments. This is can be undesirable because of two reasons:

Search engine optimization

Attachment pages don’t have any content, except an image, so they provide little value and can negatively affect your SEO.

Reserved slugs

Attachment pages can accidentally reserve slugs on your site. Let’s say you upload an image named contact.jpeg, an attachment page https://example.com/contact is automatically created. If you then try to create a page named Contact, the URL for that page will be https://example.com/contact-2 which isn’t that great.

How it works

This plugin works by automatically setting all attachment slugs to an unique id, so they won’t conflict with your pages. If an attachment page is accessed, the plugin will set a 404 status code and display the “page not found” template.

You can also mangle any existing attachment slugs so they won’t cause any issues in the future.


Special thanks to Greg Schoppe for his research and inspiration that helped a lot with developing this plugin.

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  1. Install the plugin from your WordPress dashboard
  2. Activate the Disable Media Pages plugin via the plugins admin page
  3. From now on, media pages will be disabled and new media items uploaded in the library will get unique id slugs


How to mangle existing attachment slugs?

Go to the plugins page, scroll to “Disable Media Pages”, click “Settings”. This will show you a wizard to mangle existing attachment slugs.

Why not just use Yoast SEO? It has a feature to redirect attachment pages to parent

First of all, not everyone uses Yoast SEO. More importantly, while Yoast SEO can fix the duplicate content issue, it does not help with issue of media files reserving slugs for pages.

What if I want to redirect attachment pages to parent page instead?

Instead of displaying a 404 HTTP error, some people recommend you to redirect attachment pages to the parent page instead. I think this can be a good short-term solution if the attachment pages have been indexed by Google and you want to preserve SEO ranking for these URLs. There’s a plenty of plugins on the plugin directory that let you to do that. In my opinion returning the 404 error is the correct long-term solution and if you are launching a new site, it’s best to simply disable these pages so they won’t ever end up in Google index.

What kind of unique id is used?

The unique id is an UUIDv4, without dashes.

Can I restore the attachment page slugs after mangling?

Yes, this functionality is available in version 1.1.0

Can I find this plugin on GitHub?

Yes, check out the GitHub repository.


August 5, 2021
This plug-in does what it needs to do and it does it perfectly. It prevents conflicts between attachment pages and other permalinks while allowing media to be opened directly. Yes, this feature is built into SEO optimization plugins. However, not all sites need or want the added bloat of SEO optimization plugins to perform this task. Thank you @joppuyo for creating this plugin.
May 19, 2021
EVERY single article I've looked at after searching for a way to solve this issue has said to install an SEO plugin and just redirect the permalink to the original file. That doesn't solve the underlying problem. I have a logo file called square.png, that is tucked away nicely in the wp-content folder as it should be. But WordPress (in its infinite wisdom) decides that people want to see a page of information about the file when they visit example.com/square. What if I want to put a page at that url? Even if I use an SEO plugin to redirect it, that url is still taken and the page I create is put at example.com/square-2. Wordpress doesn't allow you to edit the permalink of an attachment or put them in their own namespace like example.com/attachment/square. This plugin solves ALL of that trouble, all of the permalinks now refer to the url of the actual file, with the url of the attachment page renamed to a long random alphanumeric string so it won't conflict with anything.
February 18, 2021
Media attachments URL are a real problem in WordPress. Some developers of plugins have decided to redirect ALL media attachments to the homepage. They are wrong. One of my websites has been already penalized for such a behavior. Some developers of plugins decide to redirect media attachments to the parent page. They are wrong too. If you upload a picture to WordPress, and then if you go to the media library and click on view attachment page, you will be able to see the attachment page because it has no parent. It is normal since you didn't added the picture to a post or a page. When the picture isn't listed on a post or page, it still has an attachment page. So, some of you may say: "but I think that google will never find it". You are wrong! In fact, because of autocomplete function of wordpress and other auto guessing features of plugins, Google may follow a Url and end up on the attachment page. This plugin destroys media attachment by returning a 404. That's the best. Using this technique, it ensures that you will never get penalized because of the media attachment. The 404 is the best approach. I looked into the redirections when googlebot visited a Attachment URL using Yoast. GOoglebot expects a HTML page at the end of the redirection. However, Yoast redirects to an image. Let me explain. I saw that after hitting the attachment page and being redirected to the URK (for instance: /jojo.jpg). Google sends a HTTP request: "accept: text/html" in other words, google thinks that jojo.jpg is a HTML file. It is normal because the source is a HTML page (the attachment page). Googlebot does not like this redirection between it transits from a HTML page to a media file (for instance an image). Then, Googlebot is lost and will come back several time, looking for a text/html rather than a image/jpeg PLus, this plugin is super easy to use. You install it, activate it and it works out of the box.
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1.1.2 (2022-01-19)

  • Fix: Remove debugging statements
  • Fix: Fix typo in readme

1.1.1 (2022-01-06)

  • Fix: Minor fix to the icon

1.1.0 (2022-01-06)

  • Feature: Add a tool for restoring media slugs back to the original ones
  • Feature: Add status page for the plugin which tells you if you have attachments without unique ids
  • Fix: Add menu for the plugin under Settings on the WordPress dashboard
  • Fix: Update plugin icon

1.0.8 (2021-07-24)

  • Fix: Bump supported WordPress version to 5.8
  • Fix: Update dependencies

1.0.7 (2021-06-14)

  • Fix: Update dependencies
  • Fix: Update FAQ
  • Fix: Tweak icon

1.0.6 (2021-06-09)

  • Fix: Fix issue with deployment

1.0.5 (2021-06-09)

  • Fix: Bump tested up to @ 5.7
  • Fix: Add acceptance tests

1.0.4 (2021-01-02)

  • Change: Add icon

1.0.3 (2020-12-31)

  • Fix: Change required WordPress version correctly to 5.0
  • Fix: Optimize autoloader

1.0.2 (2020-12-31)

  • Change: Release on WordPress plugin directory
  • Change: Changes to internal plugin structure
  • Fix: Make plugin translatable
  • Fix: Load JavaScript and CSS only on plugin page

1.0.1 (2020-12-19)

  • Fix: WordPress 5.6 compatibility, thanks @tnottu

1.0.0 (2020-09-26)

  • Initial release