How to optimise images for WordPress?
Let’s face it – no one likes a slow website. We’ve all been in a situation where we’ve been sat waiting for a website to load for what feels like forever, and in today’s busy world this is far from ideal. You might think it’s simply down to your internet connection if a website is taking its time to load, however, you might be surprised to learn that in some cases it is probably down to the size of the images that are used on the website instead.
We all know that when it comes to websites, they need to be spot on in order to encourage potential customers to be converted to a sale or get in touch to make an enquiry. And if you’re concerned that your website is taking longer to load than it should do, your images could be to blame. With that in mind, in our latest blog post, we take a look at how to optimise images to help them load quicker on websites. If you’ve ever thought “How do I optimise images for WordPress?” then read on to find out more – your website visitors are bound to thank you!
Why do I need to optimise images for WordPress?
As mentioned above, if an image on a website is particularly large in terms of file size, it can take a lot longer to load than desired. By going through a process known as image optimisation, your images will be shrunk or compressed in terms of their file size, which will not only help them to load much faster but also use less bandwidth too (something which is really beneficial in remote locations or areas with poor WiFi connections).
What does image optimisation involve?
Image optimisation involves compressing and shrinking the image to a smaller size, while still maintaining a high level of quality and resolution. During compression, similar colours in the image and combined which means that they can be converted to a much smaller size. In addition, any unnecessary metadata that has little impact on website visitors will be stripped too.
Another option of image optimisation that can be used is to simply resize the image in terms of its dimensions. This is a straightforward process if particular pixel dimensions are required for images on your website, however depending on the quality of the image, sometimes the resolution and appearance may suffer.
How do I optimise images for WordPress?
If you’re a dab hand with professional photo editing software such as Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro, then these will help you to achieve great results when optimising your images. However if you’re less experienced then don’t panic, as there are some great free tools out there that you can use instead. At YZ DESIGNS we recommend taking a look at Tiny PNG or Pic Resize – both are really easy to use and will help you to optimise your image in no time at all.
To get started, simply upload the image that you want to compress or reduce by dragging and dropping or selecting the file, click a button to compress or resize and away you go. It’s as simple as that!
If you are looking for some help and advice about image optimising, YZ DESIGNS can help. Our design experts really know their stuff when it comes to optimising images for WordPress websites, so why not find out more about the design services we offer? Contact us today and we’ll help you work out how to get your images compressed and reduced in size in no time at all!