Optimizing an image in your website is a very important practice.
Images play a crucial role in your website, one of the most important being they can attract users to the website.
If you have quality content complimented by quality images, tons of users will be attracted to your website.
If your images have proper title and alt tags, they will be found on the Google image search.
⚠️⚠️⚠️ PROBLEMS ⚠️⚠️⚠️
In many instances, web masters and bloggers add images in large sizes and they do not bother to resize.
This can cause the following problems:
- The loading speed of a website is affected. It will take long for a user to get into a single page.
- Slow website loading will adversely affect your SEO ranking.
- When SEO ranking drops, traffic to your website will decrease, and this will ultimately affect your sales!How to Solve These Problems
There are some things you can do to fix these issues. They include:1. Resize images to smaller sizes
Always resize your images and make sure they are smaller in size. Other than uploading a 12 megapixel image whose dimension size is 4000px, resize the dimension size to 1000px.
2. After step 1, optimize your images.
In most cases, an image file will contain lots of repetitive data. Remove this data, but be careful not to affect the visual.
Part 1: Optimize the Image Prior To Uploading To Your Website
There are lots of photo editing software that can help you in image editing.
In case you are using Photoshop, you can use the ‘Save for Web’ function.
Part 2: Optimize the Image after Uploading It to the Website
WordPress provides you with many plugins that you can use to optimize images if you are using it for your website.
We have used many plugins, and IMAGIFY has worked best for us.
Other Image optimization Plugin available
Below are some plugins available in the market. You can test them for your website:
- WP SMUSH
- EWWW IMAGE OPTIMIZER
- KRAKEN IMAGE OPTIMIZER
- SHORTIPIXEL IMAGE
- COMPRESS JPG & PNG IMAGES
- CW IMAGE OPTIMIZER
- SEO FRIENDLY IMAGES
- PRIZM IMAGE