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  • I have an old website based on wordpress. When initially setup somewhere back in 2007-2008 I did not check the “organizae uploads into year and month folders” under Settings –> Media (sorry if these are not the exact English phrases, I’m using WordPress in Swedish and translated the Swedish option description)

    I now have quite a large number of files in this one single upload folder, and I would like to enable sorting by year and date. My questions are

    1. If I enable this, will it affect existing media and blog posts? Or does it just affect new uploads?

    2. If I enable this, is there any way to automatically sort/move the existing media into respective year/date folder structure? (Due to volume it needs to be a plugin or script, since there’s too much work to try to sort manually, and also posts needs to be updated at the same time.)

    Best regards
    Mikael Rönnbäck

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  • Is the purpose of organizing your uploads so you can find files easier from the admin side of things?

    If so, a media management plugin will make things a lot easier for you:

    Thread Starter mikaelronnback


    Thank you, I’ll try that plugin, but no the main purpose is to not have all files in one same folder, for example to make it easier when I backup the content files.

    What are you using as a backup solution?

    I know Backup Buddy has a simplified option where you can perform a full backup or just your media files for example:

    Thread Starter mikaelronnback


    Thanks for the suggestion, but I’m right now mostly interested in the possibility and consequences of enabling the year/date-saving option.

    Understood, it’s always my experience that no matter what people tell you, it’s in your best interest to test your specific install. I would make a local clone of the site, change the setting and try it out.

    A couple of tools I find reliable:

    You can use Local by Flywheel to set up an easy local machine version:

    On both sites, if you install:

    You can export from the live site (keep the export file as a backup also) and import on the local site. Just do the reverse when you are ready to push it to the live install.

    In your case, don’t export the media via the plugin (just manually transfer the files) and as long as your backup is less than 500 MB you can use the free version of the migration plugin.

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