Are your WordPress Images the correct size? Are they really slowing down your computer when they load? Is your page loading really slowly?
Have you noticed that sometimes when you’re waiting for a page to load it takes forever…? This is because it may well be the wrong size images that are trying to load up. The size of your image will determine how quickly your page loads for your viewers.
If you want to load an image into your Post, all you do is click on the image box above, Select Files and you navigate toward your image on your PC. We went through this on my earlier pages here:
When we get to the part about sizing the image for our Post, this is what we get:
But this is where the problems may start. Although we have reduced the image size in our WordPress Post, the original size image is the one that is being downloaded by our viewers on their PC’s. And this makes it very slow.
Notice in the image above that the original size is 808 × 879 Pixels and we have reduced it down to 275 x 300. This may look OK on our site but the squashed original size image is the one that is being uploaded onto your viewers screen.
So what we have done is reduce the size of the WordPress image, but we have NOT reduced the File Size. Let me explain…
In our original image of 808 x 879 pixels, the File size is 133KB. We know this by going to the image in our PC and right clicking and look in the Properties section. It gives us the dimensions and File size of the image in KB. Look at the Image:
So now we need to reduce both the image size AND the File size. And I have found a really handy piece of kit that will allow us to do just that – free!
How to make WordPress Images the right size.
Take a look at this: Online Image Optimizer
This is a really useful piece of software. It not only allows you to change image sizes, but also from one form of image to another. Eg; GIF to JPG or PNG. Just so you know, you should always try to use the JPG/JPEG version for your images.
Here’s what you do:
- Browse through your PC to find the image you want to re size.
- Double click to upload to the Image Optimizer.
- Click on the Convert to box
- Click JPG
- Check ‘show all results’
- Click Optimize
Resizing WordPress Images
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