Organizing WordPress Images, Auto-Approving Comments, & Logging in on WordPress Blogs

How to Organize Your WordPress Images

Hi, Ashley!

I’m curious if there is a way to categorize the images I upload in the media section of WordPress. I wish I had a way that I could keep book covers in one area, post headers etc in another—is there a way to do it from within WP, or only if I upload directly to my site outside of the blog and link to them? I like using the WP Media because I’ll realize partway through a post that I need an image, so grab it—but it seems so cluttered!



I have a plugin for you that you will love! It’s called Attachment Taxonomy Support. This plugin adds new categories and tags to your media library. You can create categories (and tags) and assign them to your images. Then you can see all images in a specific category (or tag) and easily find or organize images that way.

There are a lot of other ways you can customize the media library with your own code, so let me know if this doesn’t work for you. But this is one of the best options that’s already packaged inside a plugin.

Auto-Approving WordPress Comments

Hello Ashley!

I’ve been in for about three months now and I still cannot figure out how to auto-approve the comments! I have Akismet activated. Do you think that’s the problem?

Anna B.

Hi Anna!

Akismet could be the issue, but there are two other things to check out:

Go to Settings » Discussion and look for these settings:

WordPress Comment Settings

Make sure the top two are unchecked. Then, for the last one, you may want to increase the number. That last option means that if a comment contains 2 or more links, it will be unapproved (and you will have to manually approve it). If you don’t want that to happen, increase the number.

If those settings were already unchecked for you, then Akismet is likely the problem. If you have the ReCaptcha plugin installed, you need to deactivate it. According to Akismet’s help page, having that plugin installed alongside Akismet can cause issues.

Logging In on WordPress Blogs


Maybe it’s a stupid question, but whenever I’m reading a post on a blog on WordPress and want to leave a comment, I can’t find a way to log in! Except when there’s a Meta thing in the sidebars. But on yours for example, I have to fill my info each time. How do I log in?


You can’t just “login” to any WordPress blog. There are a couple different scenarios here and I’ll try to address them all.

The blog is on

If the blog is hosted on then you can login using your credentials. This is because all sites on are linked together on a network.

The blog is using Jetpack comments

The Jetpack commenting system allows users to sign in with to leave a comment. This is probably where you’re getting confused. In order for this to work, the person must be using Jetpack and have the commenting system enabled. Then you can sign in with your credentials.


If the person is not using and is not using Jetpack comments, then there is no way you can login to their blog. logins are totally separate from ones unless you have a plugin (like Jetpack comments) that allows a connection.

Long story short…

The gist of it is: you can’t just login to any WordPress blog. The person has to either be on (in which case you can sign in to your own account) or have a feature installed (like Jetpack comments) that allows users to sign in with credentials to perform an action (like leaving a comment).

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  1. Wow. Thank you for the Attachment Taxonomy Support tip, Ashley. I’m downloading it now. Just what I need after I uploaded all those book cover images on WP. It was difficult finding them even with the search button because I was too lazy to properly rename all the book covers with their book titles. I have to inefficiently sort all through them.

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  2. Oooh I didn’t know about the first one. I always thought my images were a pain to sort through in the beginning because I would just upload them with some vague title or random numbers and then have to search through pages to find them again. I eventually just went through and renamed them all and gave them appropriate tags so that if I type a word in search the right ones pop up, which is good enough for me. Still, if I knew about this category thing I probably would’ve just done that instead since I’m lazy. Oh well, it’s better for me to label them appropriately anyways!

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  3. Nope I started reading about the awesome plug in name and then started lusting after WordPress but I can’t move because I’m probably not going to be blogging much longer (just something I’m predicting) and it’s like, “Ahh it’s not worth it” but all of these posts are making me want to so much more! That plug-in sounds so amazing though :O

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  4. Hi, I’m wondering how to download single documents/images from the Media Library? I realise this might be a really easy thing to do, but I haven’t found how to be able to do it yet… Somehow the most up to date of our documents seem to be on WordPress alone, and I’d like to download these for our staff server.

  5. Just grabbed a copy of Media Library Categories Premium via CodeCanyon. Rebuilding our site,, and will be using a huge amount of images over time. I’ve always thought of myself as being quite disciplined in naming files well, but even with that, it’s going to be hard to find certain images, so hopefully this will help. Cheers and keep up the good work.

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