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Media File Renamer

This plugin physically renames the filenames of you media when their titles are updated. Theirs links in the posts, pages, widgets (and more) will be

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Nice plugin, and welcome functionality, but there are still some flaws
By , for WP 4.2.3

I was happy to find this plugin, and although Jordy himself warned about the dangers, I have installed it on 2 websites. On one website the author hadn't been very disciplined in filenames, so the plugin could correct that. Mostly it did what it promised, and I was pleased with that, I only give 3 stars becouse of the flaws I still encountered.

After running the plugin on all images (about 350) the broken link plugin began reporting broken links (in total about 100 in almost all posts). Strangsly in most cases the image was still shown in the editor, but I needed to update the link or resave the image and post to correct it. So I had to spend a lot of time getting it right. I used that to cleanup de image directory (deleted remaining images in sizes made for previous theme's), so it wasn't too bad.

In most cases the caps where changed to lowercase, what I prefer, but in one case the small caps-version already existed and the image wasn't reported by the plugin. I wonder why that was, but I guess that future newly added images will no longer create uppercase letters in the filename, so it's a one-time problem that's corrected now.

Another imperfection is that in media manager (list of media) and in the single media-pages the previous filename still is shown under the title. So in the media-list I can't check the new filename without going to the edit-page of that image. And now, after all images have been changed and most blogs resaved, still the old filename is remembered forever. That's a shame, although it is no biggy.

It would also have been nice if not only in the edit page of the image the filename would have been changed, after changing the title. But that's also no biggy, since the plugin signals there are some images still need renaming, and even shows an option to do that in the header of the list.

Checking and changing the titles and alt-text of an image is most convinient from the icon-view, since there if one clicks on the image, a detail-panel is shown as an overlay in which one can use the Arrow-keys to change to the next or previous image. That is a faster way to check and change a lot of images than going back and forth between the list and the edit page. However the the filename than isn't changed in that overlay. Perhaps a change for a future release?

It would also be nice if some future releases would add:
1. a setting to limiting the length of the filename (titles are sometimes longer then one wants a filename to be)
2. Some way to exclude a list of words (stopwords) from being used in the filenames (and in my case the selection of stopwords should be in the Dutch language).
3. A way to disgard an image from the selection, so the signal that it needs to be renamed isn't repeated.

The plugin can add to seo of images, which is great if an image isn't yet indexed, but should call for a redirect if an image is alleready indexed. And the plugin doesn't trigger an automatic redirect in the plugin I've installed for that reason. So than I have to manual add the redirects or not change existing foto's or accept that google has to delete and reenter the image. I choose the latter, and thank the plugin for saveguarding the filenames from now on.

I'm thankful for the great effort of the plugin, and hope that the problems that I descibed above won't occur again. Three stars for now, and whithout the mentioned problems easy an 5 star plugin. Thanks, Jordy.

Good Plugin
By , for WP 3.9.1

It works well. The only thing is that it does not provide the option to change all media file names to lowercase.

Works, but breaks posts
By , for WP 3.5.1

Renames files, albeit a bit clumsily.
But all files inserted into posts don't get fixed. Files in slideshows etc don't get fixed. They all have to be fixed separately.

Featured files such as Header files get broken. You need to delete all and upload again.

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