Is your wordpress website running slow? Are images taking way too long to load, ending up in a clunky, slow feeling website? Want to make your responsive website look just a little more crisp? With the help of this guide, you will be able to learn and apply four methods to make your wordpress website run smoothly and load images faster.
Proper image format
Often times, people tend to overlook the proper usage of file formats, and this is where the first problem can commonly start. Most often times, you should be using JPEG files for photographs, and PNG files for illustrations as the JPEG file format is more effective at compressing images than the PNG file format. It is important to not look over this information, as it can actually have a huge on impact on the speed of your loading and processing speed of your wordpress website.
Installing an image optimizer plugin
If you haven’t already given this a shot, than listen up. Photos from cameras and picture-editing software often produce images with lots of metadata included. It doesn’t provide much use to the actual view of the image that users will be seeing, so WordPress typically removes it in the image editor settings. However, WordPress rarely removes all of that metadata. With the help of image optimizers, you can safely remove all of the leftover metadata from the image, while also compressing the actual image size.
Lazy loading has become a very popularized way of making images “load” faster, and has become a widespread method, even outside of WordPress. Lazy loading essentially loads assets when they are actually needed. For example, if you are scrolling through twitter, it would be when you get to the bottom of the page and you see a loading spinner loading the next few posts. This reduces the load(ing, haha) that the site has to bear, allowing for a smoother, faster site.
Content distribution network
Content distribution network takes the static files of your wordpress website and distributes them around the world, reducing the latency of image loading. This doesn’t make the site any smaller in terms of data, but it does reduce the amount of data that the server has to send, which can make the biggest of differences for busy sites.
Well, you’ve reached the end of the guide, and now it’s time to apply this knowledge to your wordpress website. By taking into consideration these easy tips to follow, you should already be more than well on your way to building a better, more efficient website for loading images through wordpress. Hopefully with the help of this guide, your wordpress website will look stunning and run smoothly.