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Install Image Optimization for Faster Loading Web Pages

By: Sukesh Jakharia at SPINX Web Design

Submitted on Fri, Apr 22nd, 2011 4:40 am

Can you imagine a website without an image? The obvious answer is, 'no'. An attractive picture improves the visual appeal and site effectiveness. Especially when you are into buying and selling of products, images play an important role but they have to be in connection with your web site's topic. The pictures that have higher number of bytes or are misplaced can cost you higher amount of money. Also they need more storage space and bandwidth also. Usually most of the web hosting service providers offer limited amount of web storage space and fixed data transfer rate. Therefore avoid wasting of web space using large images that would eventually increase the bandwidth and make you pay extra for it. It would lead to loosing of money and also loss of prospective customers of your website. The images that are large take much time to load, it is proven thing that if a web page takes more than 10 seconds to load visitors might click on 'back' button. Ultimately its the web traffic that generates money, so it is essential to maintain the performance of the website. You can overcome this problem by optimizing it from SEO perspective. Over-sized images can be compressed so that they occupy less web space. Well known formats are .jpg and .gif formats, especially for logos .gif works best whereas for photos .jpg works best. Main purpose is to minimize the bytes number of the graphics without compromising with the quality. You can find many different types of image optimization tools for free which can reduce the problems and increases search engine optimization impact. When you upload your pictures, these tools process them and present many smaller versions of the graphic images. Select the image that is of good quality and have used lesser bytes. These tools makes it possible to reduce the graphic size up to 70% yet maintaining the image quality. Take all necessary steps for image optimization on your website and see to it that it loads in less time span. Usage of image editing software for removal of extra information thats not needed, can reduce the image file size without compromising with its look. When Photoshop is used and an image is saved in .jpeg format, automatically a dialog box appears thats offers the option to choose JPEG image quality. Generally the 8-10 setting is fair enough for the images as it sustains its quality even in a smaller file format. In case you don't have access to Photoshop, there are other image compressors available online free of cost that can be used for downloading purpose and image size reduction. Continue Reading
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Sukesh Jakharia
SPINX Web Design
SPINX INC. - A Leading Website Design and Development Company in Los Angeles

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