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macfink December 19th, 2011 05:57 AM

Saving server space
Hi Eric,

I'm changing server hosting to shared. I was wondering how i would go about reducing the size of my website. Its currently at 2.2gb. Is there a way i can delete old product images from the images file? I would rather host the images, but if i cant delete the images as a product disapears from the store i will have to change the settings so the merchant hosts them.

Eric December 19th, 2011 09:40 AM


Yes, you can delete the product image folders by default found here:

You should change your URL settings back to something other than %li & %lt.


macfink December 19th, 2011 10:18 AM

Hi Eric,

Which setting would you recommend, so that the merchant hosts the images?

Is there a downside to this?

Eric December 19th, 2011 10:40 AM

I prefer to keep my images hosted locally as this allows for faster loading pages.

If you just pull the images from the merchant, you have to rely on the speed of the merchants' servers.

macfink December 19th, 2011 10:45 AM

I think this is why i did this in the first place. :)

However, whe you say change your URL setting to something other than %li & %lt.

What do you mean and why? Whats the alternative?

Eric December 19th, 2011 10:48 AM

That depends... What do you want to do? You should decide between these options. These are in order of fastest to slowest:

1. host images locally
2. host images on merchants' sites, don't rewrite image urls
3. host images on merchants' sites, rewrite image urls


macfink December 20th, 2011 06:52 AM

I think this one is the best, especially for SEO

1. host images locally

macfink December 20th, 2011 06:55 AM

Sorry, going back to deleting images, how do i delete old images which have been stored?

If i delete /wp-content/uploads/store/products/images

wont that delete all the images i have live currently?

Eric December 20th, 2011 09:12 AM


Yes, that will delete the live images but they will just be re-downloaded from the merchant's site the moment they are requested.


macfink December 20th, 2011 10:49 AM

One last question, but if i delete the folders via FTP will i have to reinstall the folders back into the directory?

Eric December 20th, 2011 10:50 AM

It's probably best just to delete the contents of the folders and leave the folders themselves in place.

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