How to reduce diskspace in WordPress

Once of WordPress’s annoyances is the image issue. When you upload an image to use in a post or page, WordPress will create about 7 versions of the same image in different resolutions. I understand them trying to think ahead of different file sizes, but the problem is, 100% (my opinion from helping users), do not use any of these. In fact they just sit on their hosting account taking up useless space for nothing.

If you have a few images, no big deal. But if you have hundred, or thousands of images, well then you know have about 700% more images. It will become a nightmare.

Also, another issue, is most users do not optimize images before adding them to their website. I know that because I see users sites with images at that are 20MB in size. It’s horrible when they add numerous large images on a page.

A simple way to fix all this is with an amazing plugin called Ewww. I use this plugin for 3 main reason.

  • prevent WordPress from creating numerous additional images
  • resized images I upload to a resolution I specify
  • removed the original image I upload

Those steps above will drastically do the following

  • reduce diskspace on your hosting account
  • make you backups smaller which will take up less space
  • make your site load up faster (one of the important factors for SEO)
  • contributes to optimizing your website

Before you begin

With this step, WordPress with still create a 150×150 thumbnail. If you do not want that image to be created follow steps below.

  • In your WordPress dashboard, click on Settings > media
  • Thumbnail size – set Width and Height to 0
  • Click on Save Changes

To install EWWW,

  • Go to Plugins and Add New
  • In the search box type in EWWW Image Optimizer
  • Click in Install Now button, Click on Activate button
  • Click on the settings
  • Click on I know what I’m doing, leave me alone!

  • Click on Enable Ludicrous Mode

Basic Tab

Resize Images – Set your desired size. Larger the the number, large the image. If you have a regular website, and image quality and size it not crucial, (but still want nice images of course), I suggest 1024 x 768 pixels.

Lazy Load – Place a check in this box.

Click on Save Changes

Resize Tab

Disable Resizes – Under the “Disable Creation” check off all the options under this column

Click on Save Changes

Convet Tab

Delete Originals – Place a check in this box.

Click on Save Changes