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22 Great WordPress Plugins for Managing Images (Updated)

Are you looking for the best WordPress plugins to manage images?

Images help bring life to your content and boost engagement. You can either add images directly to your pages or posts or create beautiful photo galleries and albums.

In this article, we will share some of the best WordPress plugins for managing images on your website.

Best WordPress Plugins for Managing Images

1. Envira Gallery

Envira Gallery

Envira Gallery is the best WordPress photo gallery plugin on the market. It allows you to create beautiful and mobile-responsive image galleries in WordPress with just a few clicks.

Envira is optimized for performance, so your galleries load fast, which makes for the best user experience. It’s also the most SEO-friendly photo gallery plugin for WordPress and offers addons for deeplinking and pagination.

Envira has tons of image management features like albums, image tagging, watermarking, proofing, password protection, and so on. There is also a WooCommerce addon that allows you to add an online store to sell your photos.

2. NextGEN Gallery

NextGen Gallery

NextGEN Gallery is a popular photo gallery plugin for WordPress, with over 32 million downloads. This plugin allows you to easily display, manage, and sell photos in WordPress.

It offers powerful features to manage your photos like a pro. This includes automatic image backup and recovery, multiple upload options, image resizing, sorting capabilities, and more.

NextGEN is also the only WordPress plugin with automatic print lab fulfillment, allowing you to ship professional prints directly to customers.

3. Soliloquy


Soliloquy is the best WordPress slider in the market. It’s noticeably faster than any other slider plugin and the easiest to use with tons of features like featured content slider, carousel, slider themes, lightbox, and more.

Soliloquy sliders allow you to drive users’ attention to your most important content. It lets you add beautiful image slideshows accompanied by text, call to action, and animation.

4. Smash Balloon Instagram Feed Pro

Smash Balloon Feed Pro

Smash Balloon Instagram Feed Pro is the most popular WordPress plugin to add your Instagram images to your site. You can fully customize the Instagram feed and display specific images in WordPress.

The plugin also optimizes the images automatically to ensure your website remains fast and responsive. It resizes the large images and saves them on your local website server for better performance and speed.

With Smash Balloon Feeds Pro, you can also add shoppable feeds in WordPress. This means you can link your product pages to your Instagram images and redirect users to increase your sales.

Other than the basic Instagram feed, you can import images from specific hashtags, IGTV stories, and Instagram stories to your site. It offers multiple layout options to manage and display your images beautifully.

5. EWWW Image Optimizer

Ewww Image Optimizer

EWWW Image Optimizer is the best WordPress plugin to automatically optimize your images in WordPress. It comes with powerful tools to compress images without affecting quality.

Images take longer to load than text, and this affects your website speed and performance. The best way to deal with this is by optimizing your images for the web with a plugin like EWWW Image optimizer.

6. Smart Slider 3

Smart Slider 3

Smart Slider 3 is available as both paid and free WordPress slider plugin. It comes with a beautiful drag and drop customizer, allowing you to create a slideshow quickly.

It’s easy to use and includes many features like animations, beautiful transitions, a mobile-friendly slider, and more.

7. Imsanity


Imsanity allows you to set a maximum image height and width for WordPress uploads and automatically resizes large image files. It can also perform bulk resize on older uploads based on your settings.

For detailed instructions, see our guide on bulk resizing large images in WordPress.

8. Default Featured Image

Default Featured Image

Default Featured Image is a free WordPress image plugin that allows you to easily set a featured image for your posts that do not have a featured image available.

It’s easy to add and change the default featured image in WordPress. For alternate methods, see our article on setting a default fallback featured image in WordPress.

9. Folders


Folders is a free WordPress plugin to sort and manage your images in the media library. It also lets you create unlimited folders to organize your WordPress pages and posts.

The plugin is helpful for filtering and organizing your media content. You can create multiple folders to add images, videos, music, and other content separately.

10. Featured Images in RSS & Mailchimp Email

Featured Images in RSS

Featured Images in RSS & Mailchimp is a premium quality WordPress plugin. It enables featured images for your RSS feed.

If you’re using Mailchimp to send posts via email to your subscribers, then those users will also see featured images for posts. For an alternate method, see our tutorial on adding featured images to the WordPress RSS feed.

11. Regenerate Thumbnails

Regenerate Thumbnails

Regenerate Thumbnails allows you to regenerate all image sizes in WordPress quickly. When you upload an image, WordPress automatically saves it in multiple sizes. WordPress themes can also add their image sizes to be used for thumbnails.

If you activate such a theme, WordPress will start saving images in those new sizes. However, it will not recreate new sizes for older images. For detailed instructions, please take a look at our guide on how to regenerate thumbnails and new image sizes in WordPress.

12. External Media

External Media

External Media is a free WordPress plugin that allows you to link or import files from Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Google Drive, Instagram, and any other external file into WordPress.

It offers you an easier way to work on images stored on your Google Drive or Dropbox accounts by accessing them directly from WordPress.

13. Easy Watermark

Easy Watermark

Easy Watermark allows you to add watermarks to your WordPress images easily. You can choose to automatically watermark all images or manually add watermark to specific images.

If you’re already using Envira Gallery, you don’t need this plugin. You can use Envira’s watermarking addon instead. Here’s a step-by-step guide on using both plugins in our guide on how to add watermark to images in WordPress automatically.

14. Simple Full Screen Background Image

Simple Full Screen Background

Simple Full Screen Background Image allows you to add fullscreen background images to any WordPress theme. Many WordPress themes already allow you to add fullscreen background images easily.

However, if your theme does not support fullscreen background images, you can try this plugin. For step-by-step instructions, see our tutorial on how to add a fullscreen background image in WordPress.

15. Media File Renamer

Media File Renamer

Media File Renamer plugin allows you to change any file name in the WordPress media library. It automatically renames file names based on the file title you enter during upload.

WordPress does allow you to change the image title and alt text, but you cannot change the file name. Renaming a file using this plugin also updates all references to the file in your WordPress posts and pages.

For more details, see our guide on how to rename images and media files in WordPress.

16. Enable Media Replace

Enable Media Replace

Enable Media Replace plugin allows you to replace media files directly from the WordPress media library. Replacing an image automatically replaces it on your posts and pages where you have added the old image.

If you have to replace an image in your WordPress posts, you’d have to edit the post to add your new image and remove the old one. This plugin saves your time and makes it easy to change images in WordPress.

Here’s our complete guide on how to easily replace images and media files in WordPress.

17. Canva


Canva allows you to create all kinds of graphics with easy-to-use drag and drop tools. It comes with professional-looking templates that you can use as a starting point.

You can also purchase stock images, icons, and other resources directly from the app. Canva isn’t a WordPress plugin, but it lets you create images that you can use on your website.

18. Shutterstock


Shutterstock is one of the largest online resources for stock photography, clipart, illustrations, and vector graphics. We are a customer of Shutterstock and can vouch for the quality of images.

For more tools, you may want to see our list of tools to create better images for your blog posts.

19. Media Cleaner

Media Cleaner

Media Cleaner is a free WordPress images plugin. It automatically removes unused and broken images from your WordPress media library.

Though it keeps the deleted images in a trash folder for you to overview, it’s recommended that you must make a full site backup before installing this plugin. After a particular time, image files in the trash folder will be deleted permanently.

20. TinyPNG Image Compression


TinyPNG is a free WordPress image compression and image optimization plugin. Upon installation, it automatically starts optimizing your JPEG, PNG, and WebP images.

Moreover, it comes with advanced optimization methods to improve your website’s performance and speed. TinyPNG optimizes individual and bulk images in your media library, including the newly uploaded images.


reSmushit is one of the most popular free WordPress image optimization plugins. It uses advanced technology to reduce image sizes for JPG, PNG, and GIF files quickly.

It offers bulk image optimization options, optimization levels, and more. You can also exclude images you don’t want to optimize with the plugin, so you have complete control over your WordPress images.

22. Optimole


Optimole is a premium WordPress image management and optimization plugin. It’s a cloud-based solution that optimizes your images in real-time to boost your website speed.

The plugin automatically chooses the best size for your images based on the users’ browser, screen size, and device. Additionally, it comes with a lazy loading option and CDN to improve page load time.

Bonus: Adobe Stock

Adobe Stock

Adobe Stock is one of the best platforms to find stock photos for your WordPress site. It provides thousands of visual content, including images, videos, website templates, audio, and more.

It’s a premium solution, but they also offer free stock photos and royalty-free images for small businesses. You can easily find what you’re looking for by looking into the right categories and filters.

We hope this article helped you discover great WordPress plugins to manage images on your website. You may also want to see how to fix common image issues in WordPress and our expert picks of the best free WordPress photography themes.

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23 CommentsLeave a Reply

  1. Is there a way for a user of the website to copy/paste images or photos directly into a text field they are writing?

  2. Hi
    I need a plugin that shows some pictures in thumbnails but didn’t download pictures in high quality. and I wanna download and show pictures only when the user clicked on that picture.
    Is there any option?

    • For what it sounds like, you may want to reach out to Envira Gallery to see if that is what you’re looking for


  3. what plugin sync the pictures to the cloud. I seen you talk about awhile back.
    also im looking for one that organizes the pics. Thanks

  4. Hi There,
    Is there any plugin that can be put on a page (not widget) that allows one to show one random image from a pool of images in a folder or in media area?

    • Unless I hear otherwise, we don’t have a specific method or plugin we would recommend for that.


  5. Hi Syed,

    Your post are the best that can be found on the internet for WordPress (very well written) and I have purchased 2 of your products (WPForms and Soliloquy).

    I have a client (artist) that licenses his work and wants a WP site where visitors can:

    1 -Search and filter his images, similar to

    2- Create an account where they can save selected images (like a stock photography website) for future reference.

    Which plugins would you recommend to accomplish that?


  6. Thank you for all of your wonderful content. Your posts and YT videos have been my #1 resource since starting my WP site. If there’s a plug-in that I want an overview on, WP beginner almost always has a video on it! :) I came across this post when searching for a way to turn text/posts into images and I’m hoping you can help be out.

    What I’m desperately looking for is a plug-in or two that can take a daily tip, turn it into an image, which can then be shared to twitter, fb and instagram. …I have blog-to-social and there are ‘daily tip’ plugins, but I’ve been unable to find anything that turns text to image, let alone one that displays as a daily tip with a share or retweet feature. Any help in pointing me in the right direction.would be greatly appreciated.


    First time visitor here, and when I clicked through from google wasn’t exactly sure what I was about to discover. Looks like I should spend some more time on your site feels like you have a lot of good tips lying around. Hopefully I can find what I am looking for.

    I am a joomla guy and recently just moved to wordpress, and am not sure it was the right move. What takes a minutes or in some cases a few hours takes days or weeks to do in wordpress. Which if the stat that 25% of all websites in the world are built off of wordpress makes it even more confusing as to why this is the case.

    First off thank you for putting all this information together. Can’t wait to install a couple of them, but I came here looking more for blog writing or organization plugins. Things like twinword that provide a real time thesaurus from your dashboard by simply pausing or tapping the shift button. Plugins that help you write smoother, better & faster. Plugins that possibly provide information, tips, links, data or even photos for your text. If such a thing exists. I have my doubts, but one can dream right.

    I am also finding it impossible to believe that 25% of the worlds websites have no way of organizing their media library by default, or that there is only 3 plugins in the entire world that offer media library folders. Which brings me to the question that has had me on an internet treasure hunt for days. Are you aware of a plugin that will organize my media library into folders or some media plugin that uses its own system of organization thats practical & logical? I think the one I am using now is called enhanced media library, and all it does is allow you to create categories. Which is fine for the first week of blogging, but after that your scrolling through hundreds or thousands of photos and category titles just to find the one your looking for. That isn’t exactly efficient.

    And my last question………… is there a way to search for wordpress plugins by category instead of keyword? Does something like this exist for wordpress where I can go find the plugin I am looking for rather then rely on the non native english speaking developer to properly tag & keyword orientate their plugin. Its hard to believe that 25% of the world is using a platform that doesn’t have a default media organization protocol or a way to find an extension that will fill this void besides the old guess and check method.

    I guess if this is the case I should go hire some random freelancer to build what I am looking for and offer to the public for free to quickly surpass the only other 3 providers in the wordpress world. Sorry for the long question, but its been a few days of running into walls that I can’t comprehend even exist let alone in my path.

    • Hello,

      Welcome to the community :) You are right it feels complicated when you move from one platform to another.

      WordPress has some great plugins for writing posts but many of them revolve around managing editorial work flow and teams. You may want to check out our list of tools to manage and grow your WordPress blog.

      As for media management through directory. You can try Envira Gallery, it has nifty search and filtering features and allows you to organize your photos in Albums.

      We understand how painful it could be trying to figure out your way around as a new user. We have been helping WordPress beginners for a long time now, and we can assure you that things will become easier once you get pass this initial phase. :)

      Meanwhile feel free to ask us questions in comments and we will try to help out. You can also subscribe to our YouTube Channel for video instructions if you need.


  8. Hey There! Love your work – this site has been a freaking lifesaver for me. Do you know if there is anyway to have the featured video from ‘featured video plus’ show up in the RSS emails from Mailchimp? I’ve tried lots of workarounds but I’m just not sure how to approach this… Thanks in advance!

    • Hey James,

      In this collection, we recommended only one tool for each job. Our team uses EWWW Image optimizer, so we recommended the plugin that we are using ourselves. I have used Smush in the past and respect the work that you guys do. As a courtesy, I have updated the article to added a link for Smush below EWWW as an alternative.

      Cheers :)


  9. Can you tell me how many plug-ins (generally speaking) I can install without adversely affecting my site load speed?
    I’ve been told to limit the number to keep Google happy.
    Also, if I have a plug-in installed but deactivated, will this affect load speed?
    Thank you for your informative advice.

  10. Thanks for sharing this list. I agree to use the EWWW Image Optimizer plugin, it helps in optimizing images in WordPress.

    Other alternatives is the WP Smush plugin which is great as well.


  11. Hi,

    OK, so I know the owner of wpbeginner Syed also now owns Envira and Soliloquy (Your no.1 and no.2 recommended plugins) and they are extremely good so you are right to list them, but I am suspicious by the fact that you haven’t included Foo Gallery, Imagify or any of the other highly regarded sliders.

    I always follow guidance from WP Beginner, so I hope this is a genuine slip and that we don’t start to see only recommendations of owned products or those that offer the best affiliate return. Your impartiality over the years is what has me always coming back.



    • Hey Mark,

      Thank you for the feedback. We started the list with the most broad use-case plugins and narrowed it down to the more specifics. That’s why you see Gallery, Slider, and image optimization as the top 3 and then the list goes to very specific plugins.

      Our goal with plugin lists like these is to not have duplicates but rather recommended one plugin for each task such as galleries, sliders, A/B testing featured images, image optimization, etc.

      There are dozens of plugins to do every task in WordPress which makes it really hard for beginners to pick and choose the right plugin. One of the constant feedback we get from users is why don’t you just pick and recommend one solution for these list articles.

      Foo Gallery is a great plugin and that’s why it’s listed among the top 3 in our best WordPress gallery plugins article. However when you’re talking about X plugins to manage images, we have to do our best to make sure each plugin is offering something unique rather than duplicates.

      Once again, we appreciate your feedback and want to let you know that we’re here to serve.

      -Syed Balkhi


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