Matt Dorman: Speeding up Media Upload

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July 11, 2020

With so many image sizes the upload process can take minutes to finish, or never does! If you Google it there are probably 20 “best” plugins to fix this. I’ll explain what goes on in WordPress from upload to viewing the image on a post and cover the ways we can speed up the process.
The Pitch
I’ve taken over support for sites with as many as 45 image sizes, do you even know how many your largest sites have? For the vast majority of sites out there this is far too many, but even if you have 20 or 10 WordPress may be getting bogged down during a bulk upload, or worse your site may go down temporarily.
The Focus
I’ll show you the steps I take to identify how many images you have, what is creating them and how to begin to reduce that number or simply offload the processing. You will come away from the presentation with a broader understanding of WordPress as well as external solutions available to us.
Questions Answered
• I only use one size on our site, why does WordPress generate so many unused sizes? • How much do more advanced ways of processing images cost? • My developer tells me that… (you fill in the blank), is that right?

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