Support » Plugin: WP Gallery Custom Links » Plugin re-writes image files?

  • Resolved Jeffrey2915


    Thanks for continuing to develop and support this unique and very functional plugin!

    I’ve noticed that on a couple of websites on which I’ve used the latest version of WP Gallery Custom Links, the images used in these galleries are perpetually updated on the server whenever the gallery is viewed publicly by a site visitor.

    For example, on this page:
    In the lower left corner of this WP Gallery is an image named “Table-touchscreen-game-system.jpg”, and captioned “Touch2Play PlayTable”. That image of course also has several WP thumbnail images of various sizes.

    Whenever a visitor views this gallery page, the image mentioned above is immediately modified on the server (public_html > wp-content > uploads/). The same is true of ALL of it’s related thumbnails, AND those of ALL the other images used in that gallery.

    I have verified this by entering cPanel File Manager, noting the Last Modified time of a given image file, then viewing a gallery containing that image, and then observing the change in the Last Modified time on the server.

    I have further confirmed this by installing WP Gallery Custom Links on another unrelated website on another web host, and have observed the same behavior.

    Needless to say, this constant updating of multiple image files upon each gallery view consumes much bandwidth, and is causing problems with hosting resources and slow page load times.

    Can you please offer an explanation or solution?

    Thank you!

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  • Plugin Author johnogg


    Hi Jeffrey. This doesn’t seem like something that our plugin would do. we do not make any image file saves during the display of an image. I just confirmed this on our wordpress instance that only has the Custom Links plugin installed – modified dates do not change on viewing.

    Are you using any sort of caching plugin or image re-sizing plugin on your sites? Have you tried using the plugin on a ‘clean’ site? Thanks.

    Thread Starter Jeffrey2915


    Thank you for your help!

    This occurs on a site with WP caching and another site without; neither uses any image re-sizing plugin other than the native WP creation of image thumbnails. These are both ‘legacy’ sites which have been using “WP Custom Links” for quite some time. When I just installed the plugin on a third site which has never used it, I do NOT observe this odd behavior.

    The only other difference is that the two sites exhibiting the problem do NOT have the images organized into year/month folders, while the site without problems DOES.

    I have tried deactivating/uninstalling/reinstalling the plugin from the two sites exhibiting the problem, and the odd behavior resumed. Is there a way to *completely* delete/reinstall the plugin?


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