If you’re like me, you have a lot of images on your website. And if your site is anything like mine, these images are probably taking up way too much space and slowing down your page speed in the process. But don’t worry! It’s super easy to optimize all those images so they’re not only small in size but fast as well. All it takes is a few simple steps:
When deciding which file format to use, the first step is to remember that you can’t go wrong with either JPEG or PNG. Both are great formats for web graphics, and they each have their own strengths and weaknesses.
JPEGs are best suited for photos because they offer a high level of detail at a low file size. The downside is that they can cause artifacts (distortion) in your images if you reduce them too much. They also don’t support transparency like PNGs do, meaning your background will be visible through any transparent areas in your image. This could create an undesirable effect if your image includes elements such as text on top of a background image or logo behind text that’s being overlaid on top of another element on your webpage (like an image). If this is something you need from one of these files then stick with JPEGs!
The first step in optimizing your images is to use tools like GTmetrix or PageSpeed Insights to identify which images need optimizing. Once you’ve identified the ones that aren’t optimized, there are a few simple steps you can take to optimize them:
In order to optimize your JPEG files, you need to compress them as much as possible without sacrificing quality. This can be done by using Photoshop or GIMP (free image editing software) and saving the file at the lowest quality setting. You can also use other free web-based tools like https://tinypng.com/tools that can help optimize JPEG or PNG files on your browser.
If you want your images to load quickly and look great, the process is simple: add alt tags and image descriptions. Alt tags are short text descriptions of images, displayed on screen if the image cannot be loaded (for example, if it has been removed from the page). Image descriptions are what search engines use to find an image when someone searches for it, so they need to be descriptive and accurate. If you don’t have time or resources for this part of optimization right now, here is one tip: always list your alt tag and description in the same order as they appear in your code—so first come your alt tags followed by any descriptions.
So, to sum it all up, you should start by looking at your site’s images. Do they need optimizing? Are they serving their purpose well? Then, choose the right file type and compression level for each of them. Finally, make sure that all alt tags are inserted on every image file so that search engines can also index them.