WordPress Image Sizes
Handling images in WordPress can be a challenge. If you don’t pay enough to the requirements, you may get a messy website appearance wise or it could even impact the loading time. Therefore, you need to learn about the default WordPress image sizes and how to change them. Relax, grab your coffee, and let’s get this done!
How does WordPress Process Images?
Once you upload an image to your media library, WordPress will automatically generate additional images with 3 default image sizes and store them separately. Therefore, you will see 4 image options when you are uploading an image. These are the thumbnail, medium, large and full-size options. The first three options are called default WordPress images sizes, while the full-size option is the original image size that you upload.
WordPress creates these options because using different locations for placing images will require different image resolution. For example, the image resolution in the thumbnail may be different than the image resolution used in the slider. Therefore, you don’t need to edit and resize your images manually if you want to use the same images in different places with different resolutions. Only one image is needed and WordPress will do the rest.
What are default WordPress images sizes?
By default, WordPress comes with three pre-packaged image sizes. They are:
Thumbnail : (150px square)
Medium size : (maximum 300px width and height);
Large size : (maximum 1024px width and height);
Full size : (full/original image size you uploaded).
How to Change Default WordPress Image Size
Although WordPress already gives you 3 default image sizes if you decide that these choices don’t meet your needs, there are alternatives. Maybe, you need smaller thumbnails or wider featured images. Therefore, you need to change the default WordPress image sizes. To do so, you can follow the steps below: