Having quality images on your website will help your blog’s readability and is just nicer for your readers. No one wants to visit a blog with zero pictures or graphics on it. I could read the dictionary if I wanted information that way. Yuck!
But images can slow down your website’s performance by making your blog load slower. Here are some ways to make your images more web-friendly and boost your blog’s performance with readers and search engines alike!
Images take up room – there’s no way around it. And with camera technology improving so rapidly, even cell-phone photos are bigger than they used to be. If you upload the large, original size photo straight off your camera into your blog you are guaranteed to slow down your blog a great deal. Readers hate slow blogs, avoid slowing yours down with images. Here’s how to get around that and still have fabulous images.
Change the Picture Quality for Faster Load Time - This will make a huge difference in your site’s load time, memory useage and more. Instead of uploading the highest quality version of your picture, change the compression on your images before uploading them. You can use Picassa or other free programs and do this for free.
Be sure you save the lowered resolution images in a separate folder so you don’t accidentally save over your original, high resolution images. Not saying that I’ve ever done that – just saying it would be bad. Heh. Even large sized images can be lowered in resolution – try something like 72 pixels per square inch to make your load times better.
Upload Your Own Images – When you host your own images, uploading them to your own blog or website instead of hotlinking elsewhere, you cut out the unnecessary time it takes for your website to call out and get information from another website (ie Flickr, etc.) This will make your website as fast as possible when it comes to images. Apologies for my image above. I was thinking of cutting load times and somehow I ended up making a graphic with cutting veggies. Just go with the theme, mm’kay?
Cache Static Images – Images that don’t change (images other than ads or flashing banners) can usually be cached by your caching plugin so your blog pictures will be displayed faster.
Using images can make the reader experience so much nicer. The trick as a blogger is to make sure that the performance of your blog or website doesn’t suffer at the same time!