January 31, 2013 at 2:44 pm #16825January 31, 2013 at 5:05 pm #16874January 31, 2013 at 10:20 pm #16973
Google doesn't really care where the images are located. Putting them all in a single directory is probably an exercise of diminishing returns.
The option to upload files to a single directory was apparently removed in new installs of WP 3.5.x but can be changed by adding a constant to the config.php file.
February 1, 2013 at 8:25 am #17049February 1, 2013 at 9:53 am #17061February 1, 2013 at 10:02 am #17068February 1, 2013 at 12:41 pm #17127
Interesting. Here's an image for a new install and the option to upload a file to a different directory is missing. Even WordPress said the field was removed in 3.5.x (but available again by using Constants).
February 1, 2013 at 12:44 pm #17129February 1, 2013 at 12:52 pm #17131
Yeah, that's what I mean. WordPress took out the visible option to select a specific, user selectable uploads directory in WP 3.5. Uploads all go to a single directory in wp-content/uploads with the option to sort uploads into folders or not. Selecting a specific directory can still be done but requires the Constant line to be added to config.php.
WPBeginner has a good tutorial.
I'm convinced Google doesn't care much about where the image files are located or how they're named. There's great value in using WP's built-in year/month folder arrangement for images (makes it easier to find images), as opposed to just naming an image and dumping it into a single folder. That's a recipe for confusion later on.
On my sites I name each uploaded image to start with the current date of upload. For example, the image waikiki-beach.jpg, would be named 20130201-waikiki-beach.jpg. That way images sort nicely in a directory of many images and they're easier to find for troubleshooting.
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