WordPress Tips – Avoid Creating Multiple Images for Single Image

WordPress creates three different images of different sizes for a single image upload. If you are attaching an image on your blog post, your hosting account upload folder will have 3 different image of sizes (150 x 60, 300 x 38, original) which will increase the number of files on your hosting account. If your blog is hosted on shared server, they always keep a restriction on number of files (also in case of unlimited hosting) so you may face suspension warning because of such extra files. If you are using Windows Live Writer, you may reduce this number from 3 to 2 as you can use FTP feature of Windows Live Writer to upload post images.

How To Use FTP Option of Windows Live Writer

Open Windows Live Writer and go to the “Blogs” tab on menu bar. Now click on “Edit Blog Settings” for selected blog.

Edit Blog Settings

Go to the “Pictures” tab in left panel and select the upload preference as FTP. Now you need to configure the FTP option by providing the FTP ID and Password (same ID and password you uses for third party FTP client like FireFTP)  and image folder location. You also need to provide the URL of the image folder.

FTP Option on WLW

Blog Pictures Settings

FTP Configuration on WLW

FTP Configuration Window

Once you will enter these values and press OK, your blog posts images will automatically move to the assigned folder at the time of “Publishing” the post thru Windows Live Writer. By doing so, you will create 2 images for a single image out of which one image would a thumbnail and other as original size image.

Related: Windows Live Writer Complete Guide

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Sanjeev Mishra is a professional blogger and an Internet Marketing Consultant based in India. He has built the Internet Techies to provide you updates in technology and web application area.
  • This Is new…. I didn’t know this was the default feature in wordpress … I though that this was done by “Thumbnail for Excerpts” ….

    Do you know any method to host the images elsewhere…. from Live writer….like Labnol hosts on am Amazon S3 account…. I am looking for a free one… like photobucket etc

  • never know that wordpress create three size for uploaded image, i guess have to delete it manually. thank for the tutorial 😀

  • You have pointed out something that’s very important to users. I doubt that many know about it, but it ultimately depends on the number of images you are uploading.

    I say that as I use images on my design and posts and doubt it’s that big. Maybe after a few years it will become a problem.