It used to be (I think) that WordPress only created three media files upon an image upload: Small, Medium, and Large.
These days, it seems to have gone crazy, creating as many as nine, depending on the original image size. Here’s what I find on my fileserver when I upload an image today (test-image.jpg, 1920×1173):
Only the ones marked with an asterisk are defined on the media settings page. The others aren’t being generated by another plugin – I did this on a fresh site with no installed plugins and only the Twenty Twenty-One theme activated.
It wouldn’t be so bad if there was actually a way to use the extra images, but I see no way to use them directly from within WordPress, except by hard-coding a file URL. Most of these never get used and are just hogging up resources on my fileserver.
So what’s the point? Are these being generated for some future automated responsiveness functionality?
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