Support » Plugin: Media Cleaner - Clean & Optimize Space » Good but dangerous

  • The free version is good for getting a listing of missing files and (supposedly) unused media files. Do NOT trust this free version to ‘delete all!’
    The missing files portion of the scan is correct. Years ago I migrated my databases from one host to another before the original host went out of business. Somehow the migrated database was corrupt. So I used an older backup of my database and crossed my fingers. This plugin shows six JPG files I missed. (will need to track those later). Useful and accurate for that.
    However the ‘unused’ media scan produces incorrect results. There are images, videos, and audio files I use in HTML/PHP landing pages, squeeze pages, custom 404 pages, etc. Those files are reported by this plugin as ‘seems to be unused’. Wrong.
    So I do not recommend nor trust this this free version to ‘delete all.’ Use this free version for reporting only…otherwise you might delete files that are used outside of your WordPress installation…or perhaps even inside :\

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  • Plugin Author Jordy Meow



    Of course, that depends on how your images are used by your install. The plugin is built in a very solid way and there is now not much room for improvement.

    I would like to know how exactly the files were used by your system.

    Would it be possible that the domain you are using is different from the original domain you started with? This is a common issue with Media Cleaner, as it is using the metadata as a base, and if the metadata is also wrong, that will cause this issue (and there is no nice way to work around it, unfortunately, except asking many questions to the users before starting the scan and interpreting the answers to add some kind of IA into the scan).

    Another (and most common) issue is simply that you are using a pagebuilder, which is not supported by the Free version (but you would get a message for that).

    I would like to know so that I could improve the plugin further. Thank you šŸ™‚

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