The size of the image you upload to your website is very important. It is important because if the image is too big, it will slow down the website speed. And the website speed also effects Google, and how your website will come up in the search engine.
I use Photoshop to optimize my images, but it is a little bit too complicated and expensive for most of the users, so there are other methods for image optimization.
Optimize your images for WordPress the easiest way
- Let’s talk about image size. Resizing your image to the right size is the first important thing for your blog. I recommend 1200 x 800 pixel size for your blog images. It is important to keep your featured images (the image you attach in WordPress to each of your blog posts) at the same size. You can check the documentation of your theme for suggested image sizes. Pixlr is an online photo editor and you can use for free to resize your images. The other advantage of Pixlr, is that you don’t need to install anything on your computer as Pixlr is avalable online. Check it out: pixlr.com
- Now optimize your image. Amazingly simple and effective tool tinypng.com. Just drop the image on the page, wait for 5 seconds and you can download your optimized image you can use on your website without worrying about the size. Check it out: tinypng.com
- Install a WordPress plugin named Smush It. New images will be automatically resized/rescaled and optimized on the fly, in the background.
Do you want to go deeper?
If you want to go deeper into photo editing, Photoshop is the most advanced tool out there. But there is a free tool also, that is capable of very advanced photo editing and it is called: Gimp. If you want to learn photo editing on a deeper level, check Gimp out. They have plenty of free tutorials as well to get you started.
In this video I will show you the quickest way to image optimization on a Mac:
If you are not on Mac use Pixlr. I show you how it is done here: go to the video.