Quick Start and Usage


Find detailed, step-by-step instructions below on plugin installation, usage, and license management.

How to use the plugin custom options?

We’ll dive into custom options that empower you to transcend these boundaries and tailor our plugin media management experience according to your specific needs.

File Size Limit

By default, the plugin has a 4MB file size limit on uploads. However, for those dealing with larger files, this can be restrictive. Fear not, for you can effortlessly overwrite this limit, extending it to a maximum of 10MB. This ensures that your platform accommodates larger media files without hindrance.

File Recovery Limit

In scenarios where accidental deletions or file corruptions occur, the default file recovery limit of 5 might prove insufficient. Take control by customizing this limit per request, granting you the flexibility to retrieve files as needed, ensuring data integrity and peace of mind.

Uploads Folder Path

The default uploads folder path in WordPress is wp-content/uploads. However, for organizational or security purposes, you might prefer an alternative location. With our plugin flexibility, you can seamlessly alter the uploads folder path to better suit your requirements, enhancing file management efficiency.

Media Explorer Folders

Navigate through your media library with precision by tailoring the folders displayed in the media explorer. Whether segregating files by project, department, or any other criteria, this customization ensures streamlined access to relevant media assets, enhancing workflow efficiency.

Media Types Supported

Empower your media library by handpicking supported file types displayed in the media explorer. Whether it’s images, audio, video, documents, spreadsheets, or archives, selectively enabling these formats ensures that your media library remains clutter-free while accommodating diverse content requirements.

Multisite Compatibility

For WordPress multisite installations, managing media files across various sites can be a daunting task. With multisite support, seamlessly scan media folder structures, facilitating centralized media management across your network.

Use shortcuts like Ctrl, Shift, or Cmd keys to select multiple media types or explored folders, enhancing efficiency further.

By adjusting file size limits, recovery options, folder paths, and media explorer settings, you can tailor our plugin to suit your unique needs. Whether you’re a content creator, developer, or site administrator, unlocking these advanced features empowers you to wield plugin capabilities to its fullest potential.

A comprehensive guide to the Media Explorer

In the realm of WordPress media management, having a comprehensive toolset to recover, restore, and backup media files is indispensable. Our plugin’s Media Explorer, enhanced with an Info Bar and Custom Icons, offers users a powerful solution to seamlessly navigate and manage their media assets. Let’s dive into the functionalities and benefits of this feature-rich tool.

Info Bar Overview

The Info Bar provides users with at-a-glance insights into their media library status. It displays essential metrics, including the number of files found in the library, oversized files, hidden files, selected files for recovery, and the remaining files available for recovery. Additionally, it offers pagination details, informing users about their current page position and the total number of files across all pages.

Custom Icons for Enhanced Clarity

Custom icons within the Media Explorer interface offer visual cues to aid users in understanding the status of their media files. These icons serve distinct purposes:

  1. Files already recovered or found on the server and in the database.
  2. Files not found in the database and available for recovery.
  3. Files selected for recovery and not found in the database.
  4. Files that exceed specified limits under Options and cannot be recovered.

Streamlined Recovery Process

Our plugin ensures a seamless recovery process without uploading or overwriting any media on the server. By adhering to user selections configured under Options, the Media Explorer displays files based on specific criteria, facilitating efficient recovery operations. Users can simply click on any media item within the explorer to mark it for recovery, simplifying the restoration process.

Comprehensive Media Management Tool

With the Media Explorer, users gain access to a versatile tool that enables recovery, restoration, and backup of any media from the /uploads folder. Whether faced with a database failure or reset, this tool equips users with the capabilities to swiftly recover their valuable media assets, ensuring continuity and data integrity for their WordPress sites.

By providing insightful metrics, visual cues, and streamlined recovery processes, this feature-rich tool empowers users to efficiently navigate, recover, and safeguard their media assets. Embrace the power of the Media Explorer and elevate your media management experience in WordPress today.

Advanced search, quick recovery filters, and background processing

To empower users with enhanced functionality, our plugin introduces a revamped Media Explorer side navigation bar, featuring advanced search capabilities, quick recovery options, and background processing. Let’s explore how these innovative features elevate your media management workflow.

Advanced Search Mode

Navigate through your media library with precision using the new Search Mode. Enter specific keywords to filter media items, facilitating quick access to relevant files for recovery. This intuitive search functionality streamlines your media exploration process, saving valuable time and effort.

Quick Recovery Options

Incorporating Quick Mode functionality, our plugin offers expedited recovery solutions for lost or corrupted media files. Enable Infinite Scroll to effortlessly browse through all items on a single page, enhancing accessibility and convenience. Utilize the Hide Existing Media feature to focus solely on files requiring recovery, minimizing distractions, and optimizing efficiency. With the ability to Select All items for recovery on the current page, restoring media assets has never been more seamless.

Flexible Display and Density Modes

Tailor your media viewing experience to suit your preferences with Display Mode options. Choose between List and Gallery views, adapting the layout to your workflow requirements. Adjust Density Mode settings to switch between Default, Comfortable, and Compact layouts, optimizing screen real estate without compromising usability.

Customizable Pagination and Sorting

Personalize your media browsing experience with customizable pagination and sorting options. Select the desired number of Items Per Page to manage content density effectively. Sort media items by Name, Type, Size, or Date Created, facilitating intuitive navigation and retrieval of files.

Effortless Background Processing

Introducing Background Mode functionality, our plugin simplifies the recovery process for existing media files. Initiate a background process to recover all media files from selected folders under Options, freeing up your time for other tasks. With auto background processing powered by WP-Cron, ensure seamless recovery operations without user intervention, enhancing workflow efficiency and reliability.

In conclusion, our plugin’s enhanced Media Explorer side navigation bar revolutionizes media management in WordPress. From advanced search capabilities and quick recovery options to flexible display modes and background processing, these innovative features empower users with unparalleled control and efficiency.

Elevate your media management workflow today and unlock the full potential of your WordPress site with our plugin’s advanced functionalities.

Backup your uploads folder with ease

In this guide, we’ll explore how our WordPress plugin simplifies the backup process, empowering you to protect your uploads folder effortlessly.

Understanding Backup Requirements

Managing larger sites with extensive media files demands a nuanced approach to backups. It’s essential to acknowledge potential server limitations, particularly concerning the max_execution_time limit. By preemptively adjusting these settings, you can ensure smooth backup operations for sizable uploads folders, mitigating potential execution timeouts.

Backup Process Simplified

Our plugin streamlines the backup process for your wp-content/uploads folder, offering a user-friendly interface accessible via the Options page. With the flexibility to customize the uploads folder location, you retain control over your data’s storage and organization, adapting to your site’s unique structure seamlessly.

Creating Comprehensive Backups

With just a click of a button, initiate a full backup of your uploads folder, encapsulating all media assets essential for your website’s functionality and aesthetics. This comprehensive backup ensures that in the event of data loss or failure, you possess a restoration point to revert to, backup your site’s continuity and reputation.

Navigating Server Limits

Effortlessly monitor current server limits through the Site Health page, conveniently located under the Server tab. By staying informed about resource constraints, you can proactively address potential bottlenecks, optimizing backup processes for optimal efficiency and reliability.

Contingency Planning

While our plugin offers robust backup functionality, we acknowledge the importance of contingency planning. In the rare event that the plugin’s backup feature encounters difficulties, explore alternative backup methods or plugins available on WP.org. This proactive approach ensures that your data remains protected, irrespective of unforeseen challenges.

Automated Cleanup

Concerned about cluttering your server space with backup archives? Rest easy knowing that all upload backup archives are automatically purged from the server upon clicking the Download link. This streamlined approach to cleanup ensures optimal resource utilization while maintaining data hygiene.

By understanding backup requirements, leveraging user-friendly features, and embracing proactive measures, you fortify your site’s resilience against potential data loss scenarios. Empower yourself with our plugin and backup your WordPress uploads with confidence.

How do I activate the plugin license?

After you have successfully installed and activated the plugin, to be able to use it, you need to enter your license code; otherwise, you will receive the message: “Your license key has either expired or is invalid. Go to the plugin settings page, enter, and activate your license.”

Your license key can be found:

  • On your Purchase Receipt after you complete your payment.
  • In the email account that you used to register and make your purchase.
  • In your Search & Replace account under My Account > Orders.
  • Once you have your license code, you can then log in to your WP Admin area and go to Media > Media Recovery and click on the License tab.

If this is your first time, you will see an inactive status and an indication that your license code hasn’t been added.

After you copy/paste your license code, you must click on the “Activate License” button. If all goes well, you will see the message: “Success! This is a valid license key for Media Library Recovery Pro,” and the inactive status will turn to active.

At this point, you can start using the plugin with all its features.

How to install the plugin in WordPress?

Installing the plugin via WordPress is the preferred way since it is much easier to follow and doesn’t require any additional software. However, if you don’t have permission to upload plugins via the WP Admin area, then you need to use the alternative and install the plugin via FTP or SFTP.

Once you download the media-library-recovery-pro.zip file after your purchase from your account, log in to your WP Admin area and go to Plugins > Add New from the menu. You can then click on the “Upload Plugin” button, select the archive file, and install it.

Once the plugin installation is successful, you need to activate it by clicking on the “Activate” link.

If you already have the free version installed, either deactivate it or it will be deactivated automatically. You cannot have both versions active at the same time.

To access the plugin, you can either go to Media > Media Recovery sub-menu in your WP Admin.

How to install the plugin with FTP or SFTP?

You can install the Media Library Recovery Pro plugin by uploading the plugin files via FTP or SFTP using programs like FileZilla or WinSCP.

Once you download the media-library-recovery-pro.zip file after your purchase from your account, unzip the archive into the media-library-recovery-pro folder, and upload it to your server via FTP under wp-content/plugins.

After your upload is completed, log in to your WP Admin area, go to Plugins > Installed Plugins, and activate the Media Library Recovery Pro.

If you already have the free version installed, either deactivate it, or it will be deactivated automatically. You cannot have both versions active at the same time.

To access the plugin, you can either go to Media > Media Recovery sub-menu in your WP Admin.

How will I get regular plugin updates?

Plugin updates will be delivered like any other plugin installed on your website. You will be notified if there are updates available, the same way as with any other plugin from WP.org.

It is recommended that you turn on the “Enable auto-updates” option so that you will have the latest version of the plugin at all times.

You will receive plugin updates and be able to use the plugin while you have an active license that has not expired.

Once your license has expired and/or you cancel your auto-renewal either from the site or from PayPal, then you will stop receiving updates and support.

You will receive an email notification that your license is about to expire.