Reduce Download Times By Optimizing Images

Although Internet users increasingly switch to broadband every year is a big part of the Internet population is still running on good old dialup connections. It is therefore advisable to count in the equation when designing your site, and a very important consideration that we have to do for dialup users is the loading time of your site.

In general, any text on your site loads very quickly, even dial-up. Because of slow loading sites, mostly large images on the Internet and it is very important to strike a delicate balance between using just enough images to attract users and do not get stuck in the overall loading time of the site.

It is also worth going a long time, and optimize all the images on your site, make sure that loads the shortest possible time. What I mean is to use editing software to remove unnecessary image data, and thus effectively reduce the size of the image file without changing its appearance.

If you own Photoshop, it will be apparent to you that when you save a JPEG file, a dialog box appears and lets you choose the "quality" JPEG image - normally a setting of 8 to 10 is sufficient because it will preserve image quality, while saving a smaller file size. If you have Photoshop, there are many free image compressors online that you can download and use to reduce the size of the image file.

On the other hand, you can choose to save your images in PNG format for best quality in small file size. You can also save your images in GIF format - clips of image editing software removes all color information is not used in your image, and thus gives you the smallest file size possible. However, save as GIF often compromise the appearance of your image, so make your choice wisely!


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