Reducing Load Time Through Image Optimization

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Although more and more internet users turn to broadband every year, most of the web populations are still running on a good old dial-up connection. Because it is not wise to calculate it from the equation when you design your website, and the enormous consideration that we have to make for dial-up users is the time for loading your website.

In general, all text on your website will be loaded in a very short time even on dialup connections. The culprit is slow-loading sites, especially large images on your website, and is very important to achieve a subtle balance between using enough images to attract your users and do not seize the time for loading your site as a whole.

You also have to go to a bigger length and optimize each image on your site to ensure loading at the least time possible. What I actually mean is to use image-editing software to delete unnecessary information on your image, and thus effectively reduce the size of your image file without influencing its appearance.

If you have Photoshop, it will be clear to you that when you save the image as a JPEG file, the dialogue box appears and lets you choose “Quality” from JPEG images – usually setting 8 to 10 is quite good because it will preserve the quality of your image while saving it on file size small. If you don’t have Photoshop, there are many free online compressors that you can download and use to reduce the size of your image file.

On the other hand, you can choose to save your image in PNG format to get the best quality on the least file size. You can also save your image in GIF format – Image editing software Clips all colour information that is not used in your image, therefore giving you the smallest file size. However, saving in GIF format will often compromise the appearance of your image, so make your choice wisely!

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