How to Create Image Thumbnails in cPanel

Applied on: cPanel (Linux) Hosting

cPanel has a tool that can create thumbnails of existing images. This tool allows you to create a small (thumbnail sized) version of any image in a directory on your site.

This can be useful in creating a page where smaller previews of all your images can be viewed before the larger, original image is accessed, saving bandwidth.

The application is known as the Thumbnailer and can be accessed by clicking Image Manager, then clicking the Thumbnailer link. From here, an entire directory must be selected.

How to convert a directory of images to thumbnails:

  1. Navigate to the directory you would like to change the images to thumbnails.
  2. Click the name of the folder in blue to create thumbnails for the images in the directory.
  3. Click Thumbnail Images to finish the process.
  • You may use the Scale Percent text boxes to define how small the images should be.
  • We recommend that you keep the Keep Aspect Ratio checked when creating thumbnails to prevent the image from becoming distorted by keeping the height and width proportional.
  • You may click Reset Dimensions to return the Scale Percent values to the default settings.

After the application has completed the task of resizing your images, a thumbnails directory will be created as a subdirectory within the selected folder. The thumbnail images will be created with the prefix tn_*, where * is meant to represent the filename and extension.

Click the Your images have been thumbnailed into link to open the thumbnails directory in the cPanel File Manager.

This concludes how to create image thumbnails in cPanel.

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