Have You Thought About the Filesizes of the Images You Upload?
When you write an article and upload an image to accompany it, it impacts upon the speed of the site and the page loading. So, do you think about the image sizes you're uploading to the site and how large they are?
Typically, in the past, a website designer would be looking for a total pagesize of 100kb, for speed - and, over time, one of the criteria Google judges a website on is the speed to load. It therefore makes sense that the image size you use should be big enough and appropriate for the audience.
Take my image above, my red beach glass image that's on my profile - the filesize of that is just 19kb. That means it's small and, so, makes for quite a fast loading page. I've been having a look at some of the profile images of some of my contacts here and discovered quite a few in excess of 600kb in size - I wonder who has the largest image on their profile, or in any of their articles. I first looked at this this morning when I noticed one person's profile image was loading very slowly on my PC, so I wondered "how big is the filesize of that?" and took a look.
When I upload images to accompany my articles here, I generally use Pixabay as it's quick/easy to find a great image, check the rights and do the attribution (even though it's not required). But, what I do is tick the box to download the smallest image available, then I resize it in Paint so it's 300-400 pixels wide, thus making it large enough for the purpose, but without hindering the pageload speed.
You can tell the filesize of any image in a variety of ways, depending on what you're using, so I won't explain how to tell here - but if you can find a way to copy/download any image, then save it to your PC, look at the directory and you'll be able to see the filesize when the directory is displayed in "Details" view.
Every little helps, as they say - and if we can each do one little thing to speed up the site then we'd all benefit potentially.
Image Credit » My Photo taken with my camera of my red beach glass