If you have landed on this page, you are likely looking for a quick and easy way to regenerate your thumbnails and images in WordPress. And that is exactly what we got for you! Here is the easiest and fasted tutorial on how to regenerate your thumbnails of your WordPress images! Scroll down below to quickly find the tutorial!
Generally when you are uploading images on WordPress, they are saved in the upload folder with different standardized image sizes. (This can already be a little frustrating sometimes, however, our proposal below also has an immediate solution for this!) The main issue when you upload a new image is that the standard image sizes, or custom image sizes (we will get to this later) are only applied after you activate your theme.
Obviously, you do not want to reupload all your images and update your pages every single time you add or change an image size, therefore we provide a tutorial on how to do this in an easier way – regenerate thumbnails. Regenerating thumbnails is an easy solution to generate new sizes for all images that were previously uploaded. Furthermore, it does not have an effect on your original images you have uploaded, it simply creates an extra copy of your images in your desired size. Your old images are retained in case you still need them, and you are still free to delete them in case you are certain you don’t need them anymore!
Normally, you should always regenerate all your thumbnails straight after modifying one of your themes or when you change any of the dimensions of your images. It gives your images the right size and makes sure they look good and how you want them to look.
Step 1: Download a plugin that allows you to regenerate thumbnails. We highly recommend Jixxio Media Management for its simplicity and many other useful features that are all fully integrated into its plan (see our Top 5 Image Management Plugins). It also has the best value for money by far and includes the option to select your own image sizes.
Step 2: Secondly, install and activate the plugin.
Step 3: Now that we have the plugin activated we can start using it. Simply click on the ‘Regenerate Thumbnails’ in the admin menu and click on the big button saying ‘Regenerate All Thumbnails’. Now let it load and watch how the plugin successfully regenerates all of your website’s thumbnails!
That’s it! Just sit back for a minute while the plugin does its work.
*Step 4: Optionally, Jixxio Media Management also allows you to regenerate only a single or select few images (see their FAQ here) when you have a very large collection of images and don’t want to wait for all of them to regenerate again. Furthermore, as previously discussed, Jixxio offers a way to decide your own image sizes within WordPress and several more all-in-one solutions for all your media.
Now you hopefully understand, how to regenerate thumbnails in WordPress. Overall, regenerating thumbnails is an amazing tool that any person who is looking to build a serious website needs and it’s as simple as downloading a plugin!