Wordpress | Thumbnail Resizer (timthumb.php) Problem


Okay, I’ve got this eBusiness theme on wordpress which automatically resizes pictures in thumbnails using the timthumb.php script.

My website is: www.empirebooks.co.cc

It contains a slider near the top of the page with a thumbnail which uses the script. I’ve put in an image in the same folder of the script because it didn’t work when I put it anywhere else. It still doesn’t work.

Here is the script: http://timthumb.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/timthumb.php

If you go to my website or the link below you can see the script generates a broken image. I’ve followed all the FAQ on timthumb on the net and it still does not work. The only problem left resides with the web host.


Can someone tell me what’s wrong? Many thanks.


Your hotlink blocker works at least :stuck_out_tongue:

Have you disable the analytics (how is in my signature) as that can cause issues?


Yeah I’ve disabled the analytics and it still doesn’t work.

Will my hotlink blocker cause issues?


Here is the timthumb troubleshooting guide on the theme providers website. Here.

There are only two questions left unanswered and they lie with the server or host:

Does your server have the GD library compiled with its version of PHP?

Does your server have mod_security settings that are impeding the scripts functionality?

There is also an error message when I try view the image standalone:

Warning: file_exists() [function.file-exists]: open_basedir restriction in effect. File(/usr/local/apache/htdocs/www/embed src=) is not within the allowed path(s): (/home/:/usr/lib/php:/tmp) in /home/a5770396/public_html/wp-content/themes/eBusiness/timthumb.php on line 567

Line 567:

if (file_exists($path . $src)) {

What is wrong? :frowning:


I just solve this problem with modifying some codes for function “show_cache_file” for my blog. I use “ob_clean” to clean the previous buffer bytes for those consist warning messages, after that I only start to do buffering for those image bytes want to send out and it is working now for my blog http://www.ycoderz.co.cc/blog The modified code of “show_cache_file” as below:

function show_cache_file ($cache_dir, $mime_type) {
    $cache_file = $cache_dir . '/' . get_cache_file();

    if (file_exists($cache_file)) {

        $gmdate_mod = gmdate("D, d M Y H:i:s", filemtime($cache_file));

        if(! strstr($gmdate_mod, "GMT")) {
            $gmdate_mod .= " GMT";

        if (isset($_SERVER["HTTP_IF_MODIFIED_SINCE"])) {

            // check for updates
            $if_modified_since = preg_replace ("/;.*$/", "", $_SERVER["HTTP_IF_MODIFIED_SINCE"]);

            if ($if_modified_since == $gmdate_mod) {
                header("HTTP/1.1 304 Not Modified");


        $fileSize = filesize ($cache_file);
        $buffer = file_get_contents($cache_file);


        header ('Last-Modified: ' . $gmdate_mod);
        header ('Cache-Control: max-age=9999, must-revalidate');
        header ('Expires: ' . $gmdate_mod);
        header ('Accept-Ranges: bytes');
        header ('Content-Type: ' . $mime_type);
        header ('Content-Length: ' . $fileSize);

        echo $buffer;
        $sContents = ob_get_contents();
        echo $sContents;

Please let me know if you have a better solution. Thanks.


Thank you very much **leologger **

Your code solved my problem with ‘timthumb.php’ & his cache folder.

You are Great Programmer ! :slight_smile: