Web Page Load Time Reduction Through Image Optimization
April 3, 2018
April 3, 2018
Today, more people than ever are getting connected to the internet and are also upgrading their connection from the humbling dial up to broadband connection as the broadband is becoming more accessible to more people through the world. However, there are a large number of world internet users who are still on dial up. Third world and developing countries hold a large percentage of these people so it is not wise to count them out when building you website.
Every website will almost have the text and image component within it, usually text can be loaded in a very short time but videos and images will generally be the reasons of a slow-loading web page. Optimizing the images contained on your web pages can help reduce the time it takes to load your web pages to a more acceptable time. It is also important to have a fine balance established between having enough images to attract your visitors and also enough to not negatively impact your web pages load time.
You should also optimize and test every image on your site to ensure it is indeed loaded in the least amount of time possible. The use of image editing software can be beneficial to remove all unnecessary information from the images which will result in smaller sized images without affecting their appearance.
If you are a photo shop user, the optimization process will be easier. When saving an image as a JPEG file you can change the "quality" of the image. Testing quality levels between 10 and 8 is advised for it will retain the image quality yet save a little on the file size. If you do not own Photo shop or not a user, other free image compression software are available online for downloading. It is advisable to do a little research on the software you pick, look for one that is user friendly, straight forward and performs the task required.