Compress Your Images and Speed Up Your Website

We all love high-quality and crisp images, especially if we own a photography website. Unfortunately, slow websites are often penalized by Google and will definitely ruin your visitor’s experience.

For every second a website takes to load, there’s a 20% chance the visitor might just hit the BACK button!

That doesn’t sound good…

We understand that compressing your images may turn your images “blurry”, but luckily we have found great compression software from the guys at BEAMR that helps you compress your images without sacrificing the overall quality.

1. Get these apps

As with great software, it also comes with great responsibilities! The software used in this tutorial consists of Adobe Photoshop and JPEGmini.

Both apps are paid versions, but free trials are given.

By default, Adobe gives a free 30-day trial and JPEGmini Lite allows you to compress 20 images per day.

Great for typical bloggers, and well worth the investment for serious bloggers!

A preview of how the JPEGmini app looks like on macOS

Below are the download links for Windows and macOS:

  1. Adobe Photoshop
  2. JPEGmini

For those that don’t want to use Photoshop, GIMP is a nice free alternative since we’ll only be using it to resize images.

2. Resize Your Images

Our hosting plans do not limit disk space, but we only allow a maximum size of 2 megabytes (2 MB) per file, because we want to make sure that your website remains fast and accessible.

Yes, we could have offered (or forced) image compression on your websites, but…

We decided not to because we want YOU to have full control.

After all, you wouldn’t want your latest post show a pixelated image after you have published your post, right?

It’s definitely a buzzkill!

I resize my images to a maximum of 2048 (in width) while keeping the aspect ratio.

By default, this keeps JPEG images around 1.5Mb, which can easily turn into 512Kb when compressed with JPEGmini! Remember to make a copy of the image before you go ahead and resize it!

3. Save as JPG (or JPEG) format

Often, many make the mistake of saving the images as PNG files or TIFF files as those images typically take more than 10 times the weight to load on your visitor’s browser!

These images are also not compressible by the JPEGmini software.

4. Drag-and-Compress!

Once you have saved your resized image, go ahead and drag the image directly into JPEGmini!

Your photo will automatically be compressed by the software, and it will indicate how much space you have saved!

A preview of uploading images on your website.

Proceed to upload the rest of the photos, repeating steps 2, 3 and 4 if necessary!

Tip: You can also save time, by compressing the photos in bulk!

That’s all for this tutorial! If you need assistance or confused on this article, be sure to comment below or contact us directly for help!

Jacky Liang

Founder of CBN Ventures. Software Fanatic, Business Builder and Subconscious Speaker.

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