When I first started this blog in 2011, I didn’t know what I was doing and I uploaded massive file sizes to the media library. I just took a week and went through my media library and scaled down every single image that I uploaded (58 pages), as well as deleted pictures that were in the media library that were not being used in my blog. I assumed that this would create a lot of space in my media library, but it still says that it is full. Can you help me to understand why this didn’t create any space for me??
The blog I need help with is tuminellos.wordpress.com.
I believe that re-sizing an image after uploading it doesn’t actually save you any space in your media library. It just adds another smaller image. WordPress say that you can still revert back to the larger image, so that means the original image must stay in the Media Library. See here:-
“It’s always a good idea to maintain a copy of any images on your computer, but you do have the ability to revert any previous edits made to the image and restore the original image that you uploaded initially to your media library. When you open an image in editing mode (one to which you have previously made edits), you will see a Restore Original Image link.”
So the only real solution to free up space is completely delete images. Then you’d have to one-by-one edit the image before re-uploading it and replacing it in the appropriate post. It really does pay to optimise images for the Web before uploading them in the first place…….
Thanks for your response. I wish I would have been knowledgable about this 5 years ago!
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