This is part three of a five part series which will explore the ways in which you can improve the speed of your WordPress blog without having to delve in to your code.

Read Part 1 – ‘Removing ‘Render Blocking’ scripts from your header
Read Part 2 – ‘Compress (‘Minify’) Your Code

Optimise Your Images

What does that mean?
Whenever you create an image it can include a lot of extra data hidden in the background, that can increase the size of the file. This is called ‘metadata’ and is usually generated when an image is taken from a phone or a camera. Some images are also saved in very high quality, which can massively bloat the file size.

What can I do then? 
Every image that is uploaded to your website can be optimised to remove the excess data, and can be compressed to the minimum size possible. This is all done without compromising the quality of the image.

In the mobile age, loading images quicker and using less data is key. Although 4G allows for large data transfers, many users are still on 3G connections.

Anything I should know? 
This is a generally a safe practice, so there is really nothing to worry about! You may notice a very tiny deterioration in the quality of some images, but these plugins are designed to keep the quality at maximum, wich the file size is at the minimum.

I have WordPress!
Well this is a WordPress tutorial, so that’s great! Let have a look at a few of the best plugins out there.

  • EWWW Image Optimizer. Depending on how your systemis setup, you may or may not be able to run this plugin. This is a great plugin because it uses all the functionality that is already built in to your hsting, and WordPress to optimise the files.
  • Optimus. If you can’t get EWWW to work, then the next best thing is Optimus. Lightweight, quick and unobtrusive.

Having troubles with getting your plugins to work? Don’t have a website which runs WordPress? No worries – the same rules apply, but you will need a coder to make the changes for you.

Get in touch today to see how I can improve the loading times of your website, keeping potential customers on your website for longer.

In the mobile age, loading images quicker and using less data is key.

Pete is a designer and developer based on the sunny south coast of the UK in Exmouth. He built his first website 15 years ago whilst at school, and has been dedicated to improving and advancing his knowledge ever since.

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