IMAGES - Why are they multiplying like rabbits? (6 posts)

  1. richardalan3
    Posted 6 years ago #

    231 images have been uploaded by users into the Media Library.

    When I check the wp content/uploads folder I find 893 images and they are taking up 225MB! Looking at these images I can see multiple copies of the original images appear to have been created by Word Press.

    What is happening here?

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 6 years ago #

    WordPress automatically creates 3 copies each time an image is uploaded: thumbnail, medium and large. The physical dimensions of each of these copies is controlled by the settings within Admin/Settings/Media.

  3. richardalan3
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Is there any way WordPress can be altered to stop it creating 3 images?
    Only 1 original image + thumbnail is needed 99.9% of the time.

  4. not2bug
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Yes, indeed. Is there any way? It's an awful waste of space!

  5. doc4
    Posted 6 years ago #


    Visit Settings > Media and enter a 0 in the Max Width and Max Height of the image sizes you do not want WordPress to create.

  6. not2bug
    Posted 5 years ago #


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