It’s vitally important that you optimize your images before uploading them to your website.
Posting huge images on a web page makes visitors and search engines cringe.
You need to prepare your images by setting their maximum size as well as quality, to get a good combination of speed and visual appeal.
When you upload an image to WordPress, it creates a series of smaller versions. You can change the maximum dimensions from Settings >> Media.
If you’re using Windows, Picasa is by far the simplest and easiest tool you can use to optimize your images before you upload them to WordPress.
How to prepare images for the web using Picasa
2. Import images from your hard drive or camera.
NOTE: For SEO as well as general organization it’s a good idea for your image files to be named using keywords and proper titles. You can rename your images in Picasa later by selecting the images and going to File >;>; Rename.
Folders of images on your hard drive show up in Picasa automatically but you can also click the Import button to draw photos from your camera or external devices.
If you have a lot of images to use in your post, create an album from File >;>; New Album and drag them all into here first.
3. Select the images you want to upload, and click the Export button. (Screenshot)
You can select multiple images by clicking and dragging a selection, or by holding down either Control or Shift on your keyboard and clicking the thumbnails.
4. Export your optimized images onto your desktop.
Name the folder the new images will go into, and choose a maximum size for your images. 800 pixels is a good all-round size but if you want to their final display size to suite large screens you will want to go higher than that.
Image quality should be left at Normal to get the smallest file sizes possible. If you’re a photographer you might want to boost this as well as add a watermark.
Now you have well optimized images sitting on your desktop, that will load fast and still look great on your WordPress pages.
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