Who can forget to not upload an image to their next blog post?
Who can go without an image?
Who does not know how powerful and important an image is for their content?
Now that having Pinterest amongst us, we certainly can’t leave the idea of not adding an image to miss traffic from Pinterest, right?
I am sure you don’t turn off the idea of an image’s importance out of your strategy. Not only it makes the content beautiful, it also is important to rank up your content using images in many search engines’ images searching.
Are you uploading the images just like many on your blog?
Don’t you know how to trim down images?
Probably your software or online tool where you create the image does not have the function of trimming down the further?
Do you have an idea what I meant by trimming down an image?
Okay, let me begin with what I have loaded in my mind for it.
How I create an image
I am not good at designing and thus I seek direct help from @canva to create images for my blog posts. They have a pretty great online designing platform where anyone from newbie to advanced level of graphic designers can get their designs done using their filters, backgrounds, text, formatting, and everything there.
If you had selected their paid items to design your image, when you reach to the point of downloading the image, it will ask you to pay for the image to complete the download. There you will see how much it is and how many of the paid items you picked and their individual prices will show in the window.
Else, you can make use of their free items. Free covers wide range of items to design a good image.
How big is that image
It will be of course big. The images I create using Canva are easily above 300kB+ in size. Too much big, isn’t it?
Uploading it directly on the blog post is dangerous. Not dangerous to your life but for your blog site. 300kB can still take a time and a lot of time given the fact if one is accessing your blog post on a slow internet connection.
You gotta have to keep the size as much low as you can get to.
How to trim down the images then
Yeah, let’s do it! You have to trim down the images for sure to not make your site heavy in loading and the more users access the blog post, the more your web hosting bandwidth will be used up.
I do have a WordPress plugin installed with the name “EWWW Image Optimizer”, it does work good but recently something hit me as to why not go through two routes to further optimize the images.
How I found this great online image optimizing tool
Google and curiosity!
The online image optimizing tool that helping me
It is none other than!
Functions of this awesome image optimizing tool
First and foremost, it is free.
It works great.
Tremendous image optimizing tool I came across with recently.
Results are out of imagination.
How optimizilla works
Okay, here begins the important part.
- Go to: http://optimizilla.com/
- Click on “UPLOAD FILES” and choose images in .PNG or .JPEG formats which you desire to optimize (in quality and size).
- Whether you upload one image or multiple images at the same time to optimize. Upon multiple, you will have to go through all the images one-by-one by clicking on thumbnails of each images to perform the optimization.
- For .JPEG images, you’ll see two windows where on left one, the original image will be shown at somewhat zoomed level to test out quality in depth. On the right side the preview of reduced image will be seen. On the very right side, you’ll see “Quality” bar to play up with quality of that .JPEG format’s image. That “Quality’ bar goes up to 100 to 10 where higher number makes the quality of image good and lower numbers decrease the quality. You can go up to 30 in quality but for the safe side, I’d recommend going for 50.
- For .PNG images, all will be the same as step 4 but instead of “Quality”, you’ll see “Color” bar to play with colors. The “Color” bar moves to 256 to 2 where higher the number represent best quality and lower the number reduces quality and the size. I’d recommend going for 128 in colors for your next .PNG format.
- Check the quality by moving the images clicked with mouse’s left button. Check it thoroughly if the pixels are broken and visible differences are being shown on the image(s).
- Once done, click on “Download All” and select “Save All” in pop-up window (Windows 8.1 and FireFox users). This will save it to your download’s folder set for your browser (in my case, FireFox and C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\Downloads\optimizilla.zip)
- As you can see the reduced images are downloaded in .zip format, you can extract it OR go into that .zip folder and Copy/Cut and Paste it to your desired location on your hard drive.
- That’s it! Enjoy the reduced images in size with your own control of setting the qualities.
NOTE: Any image(s) uploaded/submitted will be deleted after 1 hour as indicated on their footer. So, hurry up.
As you know that I have EWWW Image Optimizer plugin installed on my WordPress blog but it does not reduce much of the sizes of images even I don’t optimize the images through Optimizilla. As for optimized images from Optimizilla, the EWWW Image Optimizer plugin still does not reduce the images’ sizes in great numbers.
Here’s the intro of Optimizilla in video where I recorded how I use this great free online image optimizing tool called Optimizilla:
Over to you guys!
So guys, I have few questions for you before we wrap it up.
- Do you care about reducing images’ sizes before using them on blog posts?
- Do you know images can and do make the loading speed to increase?
- Are you aware that images are one of the biggest bandwidth-hogging item?
- Will you try Optimizilla to see how it works for you?
- Which other online or offline image optimizing tools you use to reduce images’ sizes?
I’d love to know them in your comment!
I’d also love if you spread this blog post if you think it is worthy. Who knows this little tool could assist so many people making their page loading speed increasing due to using non-optimized images? 🙂