How to load WordPress website faster by optimizing the images? Well! first, let’s understand how the images can make your site load slower.
Images are always larger in size than the plain text. This means they take a bit longer time to load compared to plain text. If your images are not properly optimized they can make your site load slow.
The statistics show that if the web page is not able to grab visitors’ attention in the first 5 seconds, then they are going to leave away.
But, the image takes longer than text to load does not mean that you should use only text in your content and avoid images.
Instead, you should use images in such a way that they are served on your website in a much faster way. You can do this by using different image editing tools.
How to test for image optimization
Before you go for an image optimization check, I suggest you go for checking the site speed to see if your site is loading at a normal speed. If your site is taking longer than the normal load time, than there may be the issue with your size of the images as well.
My personal favorite tool for checking the site speed in gtmetrix.
Here I performed gtmetrix speed test for a blog page. The page load time here is 3.8 sec which is not bad. But still, you can see the score for the image optimization is grade D which means the images are not properly optimized on the page.
If I can optimize the images on the page, I can make the page load even faster may be below 3 sec.
Now, what next?
Now I am going to install a WordPress image compression plugin to optimize the image automatically for the website.
My favorite plugin here will be resmushit.
This plugin will automatically optimize the image during the upload and also will optimize all the old images in bulk.
Now I performed the new speed test again(not the re-test) to see how much reduction is made on page loading time.
The speed of the page has been now reduced to 2.8sec from 3.8 sec after the plugin was installed.
This simple use of plugin can help you load WordPress website faster by optimizing images and will help create a better user experience.
Gaurav helps small businesses grow with SEO and content marketing. He has been doing SEO and WordPress for more than 8 years. He is the co-founder at www.sparklethemes.com. He is passionate about blogging and mostly he writes on WordPress, SEO, and everything about online marketing.