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  • Resolved sterlingcrowder


    I am pretty new to WordPress and blogging in general. I am wondering if it is recommended that I reduce my image size before importing them into WordPress. A lot of my images seem to be 3000×2000. Do you have any suggestions as to how to do this or reliable software that can do the trick? My images are all in iPhoto, but they can be imported into another software, if need be. Will reducing the image size cause any problems in WordPress with the quality of the image?



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  • Moderator James Huff


    There really isn’t much need to do that in my opinion. Broadband is quite common these days, and an image that size will load in a few seconds or less over most broadband connections.

    Most WordPress themes will also only load the largest WordPress-resized version of the image which fits into the content area, rather than loading the full image and scaling it down.

    Also, when you add the photo to your post, you have the option of inserting a thumbnail, medium, large, or full-size photo. The thumbnail, medium, or large will load the smaller WordPress-resized photos, and folks can click through to see the full version.

    Another alternative is to use a CDN to serve the images. They’re much faster as they are designed to only serve media files, and many CDN plugins also only serve the largest that can fit the content area rather than the full size. If you already have the Jetpack plugin installed, you can also just switch on the Photon module for a super-simple and fast image CDN.

    Finally, if you still want to re-size them before upload, iPhoto has a handy Export feature under the file menu which will export all selected photos to the size of your choosing.

    Thanks, MacManx. The iPhoto Export feature was a great suggestion! Thanks for the other information as well.

    Moderator James Huff


    You’re welcome! I’m glad it helped. 🙂

    I’m trying to import images from snapfish through a csv file using wp all import. All the original images are various sizes. I’ve played with the thumbnail sizing in woocommerce but one of my product lines are consistently fuzzy. I am very new to this and could use some help. Should I be using a different site to generate the URL’s for the JPEG files my suppliers are sending me? Or am I completely off base from the start?

    I’m sorry here’s a link

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