In Glaciers (pro), create consistent thumbnails for your website.
Glaciers includes thumbnail settings that you can enable for the blog layout that you choose, as well, for your full post and pro widgets. The idea behind this is to create a visually consistent look and style for your website.
Normally, you can set thumbnail sizes from your WordPress settings in Media. However, the problem with these settings is that they are enabled all the time. In this theme, you can disable the thumbnails that you don’t want.
A long story short, whenever you enable a thumbnail size, every image you upload will be generated using that size. It’s best to keep this function as limited as possible to prevent your media from getting filled up with tons of image thumbnails that don’t get used.
We wrote an article titled What you need to know about WordPress post thumbnails that sheds some light on thumbnails.
Create Thumbnails Based on the Blog Layout
Should you decide to use cropped thumbnails for blog posts, you can set your thumbnail preference:
The above screenshot shows the Default with no cropped images as selected. This means no uploaded images for your post or page thumbnails will be cropped.
Here are the cropped sizes for each choice above:
- Default – No cropping. What you upload is what you get.
- Grid Layout – Size will be
- Center Layout – Size will be
- List Layout – Size will be
- Alternating – Size will be
- Banner – Size will be
- Go to Appearance > Customize > Thumbnail Options.
- Choose the thumbnail that you want to use.
- Click the
NOTE: When you choose the cropped thumbnail of your choice, this takes effect on every “new” image that gets uploaded. If you want to apply this to existing images, we recommend using the Generate Thumbnails plugin. Also use this if you decide to change your blog layout.
Remember that for every image you upload, a cropped version of that gets created/duplicated; even if not being used for the specific usage.
In addition to the post thumbnails, you can also create thumbnails for a couple of other elements.
- Recent Post thumbnails – Size will be
- Related Post thumbnails – Size will be
If you plan to use either one, we recommend enabling these. Again, this is to provide consistency in sizes. You will find these settings in the Thumbnail Options section of the customizer.
Masonry and Gallery Blog Layouts
It should be noted that you do not need a cropped thumbnail if you choose either the Masonry or Gallery blog layout. This is to avoid these types of layouts having consistent grid-like styles. Both layouts will give you what is known as the “Pinterest” style.
When Not to Use the Above Settings
If you are someone that uploads your images pre-cropped, you can ignore the above settings. This can save a significant amount of space on your host server and keeps your media folder in a smaller size.