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WordPress is very generous in that by default it allows a maximum upload size of 50MB. Unfortunately, this also means to the novice WordPress user, uploading a 5-25MB picture to a post or page is OK. Unless you have a photography type site that needs to have these high resolution images available (think Flickr), these images can slow down your site and take up unnecessary server bandwidth. Don’t be a “server space hog” and optimize your images BEFORE you upload through the Media tool. Here is a simple way to do this using a free online service called Pixlr:
If you have a Photo Gallery on your site, you’ll want to upload images that are larger size and then the plugin will take care of creating the thumbnails. Set the size to these images to about 640px by whatever it defaults to.
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