Quick Tip: Optimizing Images for the Web
Its amazing to see how much image sizes affect page load times. You might be thinking, “How much can 5kb really affect my load times?” To be be quite honest its not about the one image that affects the load time, but all the images together. If you calculate the size of all the images on your websites front page and you can shave off 6-7kb’s on each image, that will save you quite a bit of time and bandwidth. Saving bandwidth means saving money to a lot of people. There are a lot of cheap web hosting solutions around, but if you run a blog or would like to be in control and host your sites together, the best would be to invest in a virtual private server, it’s fast and reliable and not very expensive. Virtual Private Cloud Hosting
Let’s get back on track here, I’m just writing this to actually tell you about a dandy tool that I use to keep my images optimized for the web, hence titling it, “Quick Tip!” This tool helps me shave off those unnecessary excess kb yet helps me retain image quality on my images. Got any idea what tool I’m talking about yet? If you said Yahoo’s Smush.it then you were right. Check out the description about the application below.
Smush.it uses optimization techniques specific to image format to remove unnecessary bytes from image files. It is a “lossless” tool, which means it optimizes the images without changing their look or visual quality. After Smush.it runs on a web page it reports how many bytes would be saved by optimizing the page’s images and provides a downloadable zip file with the minimized image files.
Smush.it is really a useful tool and helps you to optimize your images so that no time or bandwidth is wasted. That is all for this quick tip.