Configuring WordPress Media Settings – WordPress Beginners Guide

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Today in this tutorial, we are going to talk about WordPress Media Settings. Here you would learn what configuration options are available in the Settings Media screen and how to configure the “Media” Settings of WordPress.

In general, the Media Settings control the look and feel of the images on your website. This option is directly related to your site’s user experience.

These Settings (Media) control the features related to the post thumbnail size, featured image size, your gallery display options etc.

How to Open WordPress Media Settings: 

You can access the Media settings by going to your WordPress Dashboard and click on Settings ⇒ Media option. (As shown in the below image)

WordPress Settings Media Menu

That will take you to the WordPress Media Setting page. And will look somewhat similar to the below image.

WordPress Media Settings page

Now you are all set to configure the Settings of WordPress Media Screen.

Configuring WordPress Media Settings: 

While you can to the Settings ⇒ Media page, you got many options related to image thumbnail. All the options are explained below:

Image sizes: 

When you upload an image, WordPress creates multiple copies of that image (in backend) but in different sizes. In general, WordPress keeps the original image along with those copies.

This Media section determines the maximum dimensions of those image copies that WordPress will create when you upload an image. WordPress then use those images to display in different sections of your blog.

It does this to reduce the image resizing work, it otherwise has to every time when someone views your website.

Remember, you can't view these resized images in your Media gallery, they can only be viewed if you browse to the "/(root)/wp-content/uploads" folder using an FTP client.

Below are the options that you can use to manage those images. Any size specified here should be in Pixel value:

  • Thumbnail Size - The default size is Height:150px and Weight:150px. You are free to adjust it according to your need. Thumbnails are generally shown by your theme at the archive page or in post carousel.
  • Crop thumbnail to exact dimensions: Use this box if you want WordPress to crop images you upload instead of resizing it.
  • Medium size - The default size is Height:300px and Weight:300px. Generally used when you set the archive page view to Grid Mode (if your theme supports grid mode), also some themes use this dimension to display featured image on the post page. This size is customizable.
  • Large size - The default size is Height:1024px and Weight:1024px. This is used by some of the themes (especially those themes designed for showing Photos) to display featured image, or in case you use the image post type option while creating a blog post.

See our beginners guide on how to edit, crop, flip, rotate Images in WordPress.

Uploading Files: 

This is the default settings used during the media upload and determines how you want to store the uploaded images.

Organize my uploads into month and year based folders - It is selected by default. It tells WordPress to store your media uploads into folders based on the year and the month of the upload.

The default path for uploading media files is "wp-content/uploads". Assuming that you haven't changed it; if you select this box, a file uploaded in February of 2018 would be placed into the wp-content/uploads/2018/02 folder. This is entirely a backend process and WordPress will automatically create storage folders if it doesn't exist.

Save Changes: 

The last and final step is to save the entire configuration you have just changed; Clicking on the Save Changes button will ensure that any changes you have made to these Settings are saved to WordPress database.

Once you click the save changes button, a confirmation text box will appear notifying you that your settings have been saved.


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