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What is your take: TimThumb vs. WordPress Thumbnails? The great debate

Can you explain to me why timthumb is much better than WP image resizer inside wp core function?

Any other image manipulation script?


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marked as duplicate by Rarst Aug 5 '11 at 22:16

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Its some what of an old (bad) habit of developers from back when WordPress did not have thumbnail functionality or the add_image_size() function that can be used to create custom image size.

The only thing that timthumb does better is side to side cropping instead of the WordPress built-in center box cropping.

Don't get me wrong timtumb is still good but needs a little work for better security with that being said there is a new fork called WordThumb which works in the same way but without the vulnerability.

and if you are looking for a total different approach alternative then check out phpThumb

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Aren't those arguments that you pass as href a vulnerability too? I mean anyone can mess with your server CPU by requesting resizing of the same image like 2353253265226 times, running filters on it and what not – onetrickpony Aug 5 '11 at 22:17

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