How to Drastically Speed Up Your Website? Here's How I Did it.
Step 3: Compress/Optimize Resized Images
Simply resizing your images is not enough. Like I've said in the beginning, simply having an image optimization plugin is not enough as well.
A good image optimization plugin will help you compress your images while uploading to your website.
To achieve the best result, I would recommend you to do an extra step of manually compressing your images even before you upload it.
I know this may seem more complicated and troublesome but your image file size plays a really crucial role in determining your site speed.
Images are somewhat the "heaviest" thing to load on your website. That's why I said you could drastically improve your site speed by just resizing and optimizing your images.
So, below are the steps to take:
- I recommend using a FREE online tool called Kraken.io or TinyJPG.
- Upload the resized image
- Download the file
You'll be able to see the original file size, the compressed file size and the percentage of file size you saved. Below is just an example using Kraken.io:
If you have image size of 200KB, it's a really "heavy" image. It's possible to compress it to less than 100KB using Kraken!
For Kraken, when you click the 'Download File' button, it will open your compressed image in a new tab. You then right click on the image and click "Save Image As" to save the image to your computer.
Whilst, for TinyJPG, when you click the Download button, it will straightaway open up the Download window to save the image to your computer.
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