Updated on Dec 8, 2022
Your WordPress media library will not load, will not display images/thumbnails, will spin indefinitely, or will not load at all. This is not only inconvenient, but it may also cause you to abandon your WordPress website. In this article, we will explain what problems your WordPress media library may be experiencing and how to easily resolve them.
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If your WordPress media library does not load, only partially loads the page, or keeps spinning indefinitely, an incompatible WordPress plugin or theme is most likely to blame. Free WordPress plugins, in particular, are frequently poorly coded and can cause issues with other plugins or WordPress core updates.
What are your options? You must identify the plugin or theme that is causing the error:
If you've disabled all plugins and the problem persists, it's possible that it's due to your theme. It is critical to understand that only the active theme can cause a bug, such as an infinitely spinning media library. If your current theme is causing the problem, try the following:
The WordPress Media Library does not always load or does so with no images. If you see exactly zero images, your webspace's file permissions may be incorrect. This means that your WordPress does not have permission to open the images and, as a result, cannot show them to you. This frequently occurs when you move your WordPress installation to a different web host or when your web host makes significant server changes.
The good news is that you can usually fix this problem yourself:
wp-content in your WordPress installation:
uploads. Open the file permissions. The permissions should be 755. If they are not, change them to 755. Try to avoid 777 (full permissions), as this can cause some security risks.
If you do not have permission to change the file permissions of the
wp-content/uploads/ folder, please contact your service provider to have this done for you.
Another possibility is that the image thumbnails are not displayed in the Media Library, but the rest of the WordPress Media Library functions normally. This indicates that the thumbnails were either not generated or were generated incorrectly. WordPress generated different sizes of uploaded images whenever possible (called thumbnails). These processes may fail due to incorrect file permissions (which may have already been corrected), a lack of free space on your web space, or after switching to a new theme, not all thumbnails used in the new theme were automatically regenerated (most themes can not do that for you).
But don't worry, not showing thumbnails is a simple problem that can be fixed. Install a reliable thumbnail regenerator plugin, such as our Real Thumbnail Generator, to check all uploads in your WordPress Media Library and have broken thumbnails regenerated, ensuring that every image for your visually appealing website is available.
Hopefully, one of the suggestions above has helped you get your WordPress media library back up and running. We recommend regularly backing up your website, but especially after resolving a serious issue like this. In the worst-case scenario, this will save you a lot of time. You can back up WordPress using one of the many backup plugins available, such as UpdraftPlus.
You can also structure your media library with folders, collections, and galleries to make your uploads easier to find. Just download the WordPress plugin, Real Media Library, and bring order to your uploads.
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