What on earth happened to the IMAGE QUALITY?!

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  • #442955

    starsquid
    Member

    I’m SO tired and SO done with WordPress constantly compressing images where it shouldnt! You’d think the previous solution of [stripping away the dimensions etc in HTML] would do the job, fast forward to today, and even THAT is not cutting it anymore! Revenge of the wordpress-compression-machine (hosting spcae issues???) So now the only way is putting the images on a serperate server?

    WHAT HAS HAPPENED???! ANYONE?!

    The blog I need help with is tpata.wordpress.com.

    #443080

    starsquid
    Member

    OMG!!! Is nothing HOLY anymore? The wordpress-compression-virus infected all the pictures on my 2 used-to-be-healthy-blogs. I need to lie down.

    #443081

    timethief
    Member

    @starsquid
    You know that only Staff can answer you so I don’t understand why didn’t you contact Staff directly http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/

    #443082

    starsquid
    Member

    @timethief

    Cus I first wanted to know if anybody had the same problems too. Remember, I had this problem before, images were unsharp, colors were off, and it seemed that it was a wordpress compression issue. Then other suggested that stripping away the dimension code in html would fix that and that fixed the problem. But just out of the blue, the compression appeared again.

    #443084

    timethief
    Member

    If you are solution orientated then you already know only Staff can provide a solution for your blog or for any other wordpress.com member’s blog.

    #443096

    starsquid
    Member

    Yea I contacted WordPress Staff about the issue. It’s really strange (not to mention all of a sudden). Also, somehow this doesnt affect (fingers crossed) images in the sidebar.

    Anyways, I posted a post with image about the issue.
    (*image was hosted on different server)

    http://tpata.wordpress.com/2010/01/28/dear-wordpress-staff/

    #443108

    @starsquid: What’s happened is that WP has started adding a width indication in fixed-width themes even when you delete it from the code. I’ve contacted staff on this, received a preliminary unsatisfactory reply, sent them all the details along with a link to a test post demonstrating the issue, waiting for further reply.

    #443111

    starsquid
    Member

    Well that explains, I just really don’t get why they would do this, the compression really looks horrid. And why would they mess with the quality of images. Especially to anybody who owns a photoblog, its a downright disaster. And I don’t think they’re running out of server space since everybody gets like a fixed 3 gb webspace. Well, I’m also waiting for their reply.

    #443114

    They’ve done a bad job. The “?w=[whatever]” they add to the image code is the supposedly maximum for the theme you’re using. Two problems: a) they add that even when the image is narrower, which is pointless; b) their numbers are often wrong, as I’ve shown in this post: http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2009/07/23/maximum-image-width/ .

    What’s worse: my second, detailed, ticket on that was sent eight days ago, and I’m still waiting for an answer…

    #443117

    starsquid
    Member

    Oh crap, I fear the only solution is to host images on another server. Gawd! That is so annoying, not to mention a whole lotta extra actions just to display an image properly (which was fine to begin with in the first place, after stripping dimensions that is).

    * BIG BIG BIG SIGH

    A real letdown WordPress…

    #443346

    starsquid
    Member

    @timethief

    Staff doesnt answer, they’re just ignoring it. Thats why we use the forum.

    #443405

    @starsquid: No they’re not ignoring it after all. I received a reply today, telling me they made some changes and asking me to test again and let them know.

    I did test again, and there’s absolutely no improvement. I’ll let them know…

    #443409

    starsquid
    Member

    I guess we need to press them all together haha (sorry WP heh).
    I know, I don’t understand it, I’ve been exchanging emails back and forth a couple of times, and then it was asked what image editing program I used, what color profile. I mean, I did my homework and my part, believe me, the images are perfectly optimized, color profiled the whole nine yards for the web. It’s just when it’s included in a post (actually when you view just the image from the media library it shows normal again), it gets compressed.

    Then it was suggested to remove the resize code (you know the width/height stuff which USED to work) but I already said that thats what I used to do to work around the problem. We’re back at square one it seems.

    #443410

    starsquid
    Member

    They did say that the DO use compression for the images to make the pages load faster. But for all photobloggers (and all who cherish quality images), its disastrous!

    #443411

    tellyworth
    Staff

    @starsquid you can select ‘Full size’ when you insert an image into your post to get the un-resized original.

    The code is being adjusted and improved as we speak. Images are cached, so changes resulting from the code improvements won’t be immediate – it may take up to 24 hours for some images.

    Your feedback will help, so if you have specific examples of problems please send them to staff (URLs of posts, images, and screenshots are all very helpful). If you don’t get an answer it’s because they are busy fixing things, not because they’re ignoring you.

    #443412

    starsquid
    Member

    Hi Tellyworth,

    Appreciate it! Actually I don’t even use the editor, I link them directly in the HTML editor for the un-resized original. Anyways, since its being adjusted and improved, I’m going to wait and try tomorrow again. Hopefully itll be fixed and you would make a lot of bloggers very happy :) Thnks!

    #443413

    @starsquid: However, I do get better quality when I remove w & h (even though ?w= shows up in the source code in fixed-width themes).

    @tellyworth: “you can select ‘Full size’ when you insert an image into your post to get the un-resized original.” Not exactly: a) ‘Full size’ is limited to the (supposedly) maximum for the theme; it coincides with the real width of the uploaded original when the latter is narrower than the allowed maximum; if the original is wider, then ‘Full size’ is still downsized. b) Even when the uploaded original is narrow enough, the inserted one isn’t the un-resized original but a compressed version of it.

    #443414

    tellyworth
    Staff

    @panaghiotisadam this is true (and reasonable behaviour imho) – I was simplifying for brevity. You’ll get the original size when using a theme that’s wide enough to display it, or a fluid width theme.

    #443415

    @tellyworth: Yes, thanks; I thought I’d better clarify that, because I’ve seen several members misunderstand what the ‘Full size’ option really is.

    #443416

    starsquid
    Member

    @tellyworth

    I checked it today again, it’s still bad. I used the shortest code (as far as I know) like this, and theres abosolutely no other code but the image:

    <img src=”http://tpata.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/explanation-5j.jpg” />

    I created a post with a comparison of 2 exactly the same images one hosted by WP and the same image hosted elsewhere. Theres an obvious difference wouldn’t you agree? Any other options? (apart from hosting all my images elsewhere)

    http://tpata.wordpress.com/2010/02/10/testing-2/

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