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  • Resolved Context Canada


    My client recently added new content to the site. I forgot to instruct him to resize the the new images.This resulted in a large increase to his server allocation.
    When I look at fixing the issue I see that the Gallery files all contain backup images which I feel are not needed. Is there a compelling reason to have them?
    Can I resize the images that need to be replaced and just overwrite the existing file via FTP transfer?
    Or do I have to delete and reinstall each image using the galleries in WordPress?

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  • Plugin Author Imagely


    @context-canada – The “backup” images are used in cases where the customer may need to restore/resize an image and/or replace/change a watermark on an image as the “backup” file is used as the “original” upload and other files are used for display, etc.

    If you turn off backups under Gallery > Other Options > Image Options these “backup” files will no longer be created on upload. Also keep in mind, if watermarks are used the customer will need to re-upload a fresh copy of the image to change it (if necessary); you will not be able to restore the image if you resize it to something too small, etc.

    As to over-writing, if you use the exact same filename you should be able to overwrite via FTP the “original” file (use “scan for new images” in the gallery afterward might be a good idea). You may need to generate new thumbnails (generally recommended) as well.

    Also, if the concerns are for disk space, you might consider having the customer look at our new partner Imagify and their services for image optimization.


    – Cais.

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