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How to manage Images through cPanel?
Posted by Matthew Jeffels, Last modified by Matthew Jeffels on 28 July 2016 08:40 PM

How to manage Images through cPanel?

CPanel provides a number of ways in which it is possible for you to edit images that you have already uploaded to your server.

It allows you to take existing images and create thumbnails of them through use of the Thumbnailer feature, allows you to scale the images size and allows you to Convert the file into different file types such as converting from .jpg into .png file types. These features can all be found within the images section of CPanel.

Location Of Image Modification

Once within Images you will be presented with the three options;

Images Options

Using the Thumbnailer

The Thumbnailer will take all images in a folder and create a new thumbnails folder within. This folder will contain thumbnail images of all images that exist within the selected folder. These will have been scaled by a percent that you have dictated. The original image files will not be modified.

 Thumbnailer Options

Clicking reset dimensions will reset the percentages back to 25%, having "Keep Aspect Ratio" checked means that images will be scaled by the same percentage for their width and length, you should uncheck this if you wish to scale them independently. 

Using the Scaler

The scaler allows you to resize individual images from within cPanel this allows you to better manage your images that you have already uploaded without the need to edit them from your computer and re upload. The scaler works on a percentage ratio for the size of the image, changing these values will change the scale of the image, this is shown both as a preview image below, and the pixel dimensions of the new image.

Image Scaler Options

Having Keep aspect ratio checked will maintain the ratio between the width and height of the images dimensions, this makes sure that the image doesn't look squashed or stretched, however this can be unchecked to allow independent scaling of the width and height. 

The scaler also allows you to keep an unmodified copy of the image if you wish to, to do this make sure that the "Retain a copy of the old image as:" checkbox is checked, by default this will append "old-" to the front of the images name and place this copy in the current images folder, however this can be edited as you wish.

Keeping a copy of the unedited image

Once you are happy with the size of your image, clicking Scale Image will edit the image maintaining its name.

Using the Converter

The converter allows you to change the format that the image is saved as. This could be done in order to improve load times of image resources that are displayed on your site as some formats reduce the file size of the image, smaller file size will improve load speed, however this can impact the quality of the image.

First navigate to the image that you wish to change the format of, once you have found it click on its name to open the converters options;

Image Conversion Options

Once you've selected the format you wish to convert to simply click convert.

Converting an image will not cause you to loose the original, the conversion process is done via a copy. The copy will have the same name as the original however it will have a different file extension of the type that you chose. Your site will however still be using the old image, to update this you will have to change the image link to represent your new file extension.

This has been a look at how it is possible to manage your images through cPanel.


Matt Jeffels
PAC Web Hosting

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