Danni Mei

Communications Expert, Brand and Content Strategist, Digital Producer

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Need to manage files directly on your WordPress website?

You want to download the plugin WP File Manager. I used it to fix a problem with optimizing my site and it worked great.

I use GTMetrix to optimize my site and it said that there was an image that was causing my site to be slow. I didn’t see the image in the Media library so I directly went to where it said it was and deleted the photo I didn’t need. It worked great. If you have ever used Windows File Manager in Windows then you will know what to do.

Guess what? It turns out that deleting the file didn’t solve my problem. I waited for days and GTMetrix said the file was still there. I investigated and it turned out that it was a part of an image I had tested in my theme and that the theme was loading it and not using it. Once I deleted it from the interface on my theme, my site speed went up.

The thing I learned from this is that if an image isn’t in your Media Library, or in a directory, it might be part of your theme. It is important to throughly check the results of a speed test so that you can find the source of the problem. It may seem obvious at first glance, but maintaining a website requires some digging at times.

Is there a downside to using this Plugin? No. It is free and it didn’t slow my site down. It did everything I needed it to do which was delete a file. I don’t do advanced things, so I didn’t need to spend money to buy the professional version. If you don’t want to use this plugin then you can of course go to your CPANEL and manage files there. The problem is that it is easier to do it with this plugin than to have to login, go to the utility and then make the change you want.

Time is money right?