Category Archives: 2. Image Optimization

The Complete Guide to Image Compression: How to Reduce Image Sizes for Faster Sites

Smooth. Sleek. Efficient. It’s a great feeling to trim the fat, whether you’re outlining your work schedule or simply cleaning your home. But when it comes to your site, removing excess isn’t just for your benefit, it’s best for your visitors and customers as well. Digital image compression, and data compression in general, makes your site run faster with less data to load. That means trimming the fat is better for business.

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We now know website speed directly affects both the site’s quality and the user experience (UX), but did you know the Google algorithm also factors in speed when ranking search page results? The significance of site speed only increases as modern users come to expect faster and faster sites, but luckily tech breakthroughs are keeping pace to meet those expectations, namely image compression.

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Why you cannot choose the compression ratio with ShortPixel

Short answer: Because you really don’t need to.

Our artificial intelligence compression algorithms compare each and every optimized image with the original and make sure that they are looking good for a human visitor. Moreover, we have three sets of algorithms for three different user cases: Lossy for most of the sites, Glossy for photographers, and Lossless for those rare situations when you cannot lose a pixel.

If you are used with offline tools like Adobe Photoshop, you could expect to find similar settings in our plugin menu.  Or in our online image optimization tool for that matter. That’s why we are asked from time to time if there is a way to set the compression ratio.

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How to resize large images with ShortPixel

ShortPixel’s Resize Images feature can reduce your hosting storage by changing the sizes of your uploaded pictures. Each time you add an image WordPress automatically generates a number of thumbnails which are deployed on your webpages. Your original pictures are rarely shown to your visitors, but they take a lot of your hosting space.

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Why optimizing images for Your website is extremely important?

Creative agency websites optimizationIs there anything more annoying that waiting for a website to load? For website visitors, it can be very very irritating and for sure the longer they wait, the higher the percentage of lost potential customers. If it’s the fault of images on your website, you will not remove them; you will not leave the content itself. Every Internet user knows that images are an indispensable part of the website because they explain much more than words, they are much easier to receive and can be very useful for social media shares. Besides, that images are playing a key role in driving traffic to your website. So now it’s time to ask a question – what role do the pictures on your website have? Are they useful or rather disturbing?

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A simple rule for the PNG or JPEG dilemma

PNG or JPEGPNG or JPEG? Some bloggers know the answer to this question, and some don’t. The former are not necessarily better than the later, but knowing how to choose the correct image format gives you a competitive advantage.

This article could have been one sentence long: PNG is for text, JPEG is for the rest, but let’s get into some details.

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