How To Configure WordPress Media Settings

Do you need to adjust the size of images and thumbnails displayed on your WordPress site? Learn how to configure your WordPress media settings in this tutorial.

Configuring WordPress Media Settings

This tutorial is part of our WordPress configuration step-by-step training series, where we show you how to set up and configure your WordPress site or blog with no coding skills required.


After configuring your site’s Discussion Settings, the next step in the process of setting up a WordPress site is to configure its Media Settings.

Depending on the purpose and nature of your business, using media can be an important part of your online presence.

Media refers to the images, videos, audio recordings and other types of files you will be uploading and using in your site. Media is typically uploaded and inserted into your site’s content when writing a Post or Page.

To learn more about inserting and editing media files in your Posts and Pages, see the tutorial below:

In this tutorial, you will learn how to configure your WordPress Media Settings.

Important Info

If you’re configuring a new WordPress installation, you can just leave the default settings in this section as they are for now and move on to the next step of the process (i.e. configuring Permalinks).

WordPress Media Settings – Step-By-Step Tutorial

The Media Settings section allows you to control how media is displayed on your site. To configure your media settings, do the following:

Click on Settings > Media in your main WordPress dashboard menu …

Settings - Media

(Settings – Media)

This takes you to the ‘Media Settings’ screen …

WordPress Media Settings Screen

(WordPress Media Settings)

There are two main sections in this area:

  • Image Sizes – This section lets you specify the maximum dimensions in pixels to use when inserting an image into the body of a post or page.
  • Uploading Files – This section lets you specify default settings used during the media upload process when writing or editing a post or page.

Let’s go through each of these settings now in more detail.

Image Sizes

Image sizes allow you to specify the maximum dimensions of images used in your posts and pages …

WordPress Media Settings - Image sizes

(Image sizes)

Thumbnail Size

Set the Width and Height of your thumbnail images in pixels. When setting a thumbnail size, the image will be cropped and resized to the setting you specify in this section.

By default, the check box for Crop thumbnail to exact dimensions (normally thumbnails are proportional) is enabled. Unless you have a reason for disabling this feature, leave this option as is.

Medium Size

Set the Max Width and Max Height in pixels for displaying medium-sized images in this section.

Large Size

Set the Max Width and Max Height in pixels for displaying large-sized images in this section.

Note: Medium and large images will keep their dimension proportions, taking the maximum width and height into account

Uploading Files

This section allows you to specify whether or not files uploaded to the media folder directory in your server will be organized into month and year based folders …

Uploading Files

(Uploading Files)

By default, images and other media files are uploaded to the wp-content/uploads directory on your server into “month” folders, which are nested within folders for “years” …

How media files are organized in the WordPress 'Uploads' folder

(How media files are organized in the WordPress ‘Uploads’ folder)

Unless you have a reason for disabling this feature, leave this option as is in your media settings.

If you’re configuring a new WordPress site installation, just leave the default settings in this section as they are and continue setting up your site. If you make any changes to this section, remember to click the Save Changes button to ensure that your settings are updated …

Save changes to update your settings

(Save changes to update your settings)

Congratulations! Now you know how to configure your WordPress Media Settings. The next step is to configure your WordPress Permalinks.

Configuring WordPress Media Settings

Next Step: How To Configure WordPress: Permalinks


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