This is a test post trying out both the new Automattic image rotation feature just introduced on WordPress.com and any changes to image resizing on the WordPress.com end, using my (*kof*) slightly off-vertical image taken while hanging out of our hotel window in Venice. This photo’s original orientation was horizontal and that is how it was uploaded.
Here’s my straight out of the camera image uploaded at 4000 x 3000 pixels and weighing in at 2.74MB
Inserted in this post using the “full size” option (1024 × 1365 pixels), WordPress.com scrunches that image down to 620 × 826 pixels and 153.72KB.*
Below is the same image after being run through the JPEGmini online utility: still 4000 x 3000 pixels, but now weighs in and uploaded at 1.68 MB.
Inserted at the “full size” option as above , which WordPress.com scrunches to 620 × 826 pixels and 106.78KB.*
But, the Moral of the Story is that no matter how much WordPress.com wants you to conveniently upload those fresh, out-of-the-camera/phone (we’ll take care of resizing and rotating them so you don’t have to) photos straight to your site, you can see how quickly your 3G of free storage space will be eaten up because what counts against that space allotment is the size of the photo you upload, not what is inserted into your post. Before I uploaded these 2 images, according to the Media Library I had “32.9 MB used, 3.0 GB (98.9%)” upload space remaining” and after uploading them “37.3 MB used, 3.0 GB (98.8%) upload space remaining”. May not seem like a lot of difference, right? However, if your site is image heavy, over time uploading full-sized images will take a big bite out of your available space.
The other important point is still image quality. Both of the images displayed in this post are “soft” compared to the original, which you can see by clicking on either one.
You can, of course, choose to either take smaller images for uploading (put that baseball bat away!) or, as previously and continuously suggested, resize and edit your images offline before uploading them to your site. If you also rotate your images while editing, with the introduction of the new auto-rotate feature, you will now need to make sure that the image editing software you use resets the image orientation in the EXIF data so that the new auto-rotate feature doesn’t happen on upload. If it does, you can edit your uploaded image to re-rotate it.
*All Image Dimension and File Size information were taken from Chrome’s Developer Tool’s Resource information.