Author EricCantu
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Understanding how to edit an image in Wordpress can help when you're looking for ways to improve your site speed. Site speed is an important factor when it comes to ranking high in Google searches.

Even if you're using a plugin to optimize your images, it's a good habit to know how to edit and resize your images within Wordpress as you upload them so your plugin isn't having to work like crazy in the background.

The less strain on your website the better. Resized images take up less space on the server. Further optimizing them with a plug in can help even more.

I hope this quick video tutorial on how to edit an image in Wordpress helps you as you look for ways to improve site speed.

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PatsyC Premium
Thank you, I didn't notice to that edit area before.

I have a problem that really bothers me because when I want to add a Feature image to my posts, they end up massive. I wrote a blog post on it and had lots of answers but nothing worked.

The theme developer told me the ideal size is set to 800W x 533H that is too big. So I'm left with a row of plain, boring looking posts.

I plan on trying it again, but this time I'll click on the image and adjust the size with the corner arrows.
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EricCantu Premium Plus
I actually hide the featured image from the post itself. I feel like it takes up space at the top of my post when I want readers to get to actual content, so don't let that bother you too much. The way I have it set up, the featured image only shows as a thumbnail in my blogroll or categories page. But I take it out from the post itself.
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PatsyC Premium
Thanks Eric, I agree since the image was Mammoth size and hogged all the space.

I just wanted one small enough for the 'ambiance' I guess. Makes it look more attractive and inviting.
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Gunnertwist Premium
Thanks for the great training. I did not know that WP could do that. Learn something new every day, it's awesome. :)

Carl
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EricCantu Premium Plus
Thanks, Gunner. That's really the main reason I put it here. I feel like it's always good to know some of the little extra ins and outs of Wordpress even if we won't use them all the time, just to be that much more comfortable with it and know it's there.

Thanks for chiming in!
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dgurtner Premium
it depends on where you're uploading from. If you're using a browser, consider using an image optimizer first, like tinypng.com, and then uploading and cropping etc. this will already greatly reduce the file size that you'll be uploading and therefore reduce the strain on your server too :-)

I've taken 8MB files and reduced them to 300k that way
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EricCantu Premium Plus
I'm not really sure if the order matters much. Resizing the image directly in Wordpress greatly reduces the file size already, and then if you have an optimizing plugin, it can reduce it further.
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dgurtner Premium
I've found that reducing file size even before working on it in Wordpress can significantly reduce the file size of the end product
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EricCantu Premium Plus
Very cool. Thanks for the insight, brother!
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TeresaS1 Premium
Thanks! This will help me!
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EricCantu Premium Plus
Thanks for the comment. It's good to know of the little extras that you can do so you're that much more comfortable with Wordpress. I remember the first time an image was sideways and I had no idea what to do with it, lol.
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digitalwisdo Premium
Thanks! "Less strain, more gain" got it.
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EricCantu Premium Plus
Every little bit helps :)
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