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WordPress Tip: Cropping Thumbnails

by Amélie Walker-Yung
Post Thumbnail Editor

With this plugin, it’s easy to crop an image different ways for use in multiple thumbnail types.

We use a lot of WordPress here at Castle Builder. Over the years, we’ve tested, installed, used and removed what seems like an endless number of plugins. When I find a good one that solves a specific problem, I’m happy to share!

One of my current favorite WordPress add-ons is Post Thumbnail Editor by sewpafly.

WordPress has a built-in “Edit Image” feature that allows you to flip, resize or rotate your image. You can even apply your changes to all versions of the image or just the thumbnail. Great!

However, if you want to use custom thumbnail sizes in your theme—or have multiple “thumbnails” for different purposes using the same image—your editing options are more limited. The Post Thumbnail Editor is very useful in these cases, allowing you to crop the same image differently for each size, including your custom sizes.

Learn more or download on the plugin’s page.

This is for WordPress the software (downloadable at, not the hosted solution available at

Published on September 29, 2015.

About Amélie Walker-Yung

Amélie, the founder of Castle Builder Design, has been constructing a wide variety of websites since 1997. She manages all projects and specializes in crafting visually compelling yet clear-eyed designs, all the while taming open source software. She sees a successful website as a puzzle solved through the seamless integration of its two vital elements: beauty and function. In her spare time, Amélie is the membership coordinator of Webgrrls NYC and bakes cupcakes.

One thought on “WordPress Tip: Cropping Thumbnails

  1. Well I think I don’t have to invest the end of the week determining this one out!

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