How To Compress Photos To Upload Them To Your Website
by Jo Shaer, on August 4, 2013
Have you found yourself asking how to compress photos to upload them to your website successfully?
There is nothing more frustrating than having a great picture but Wordpress or some other website platform just won't let you upload it. The problem is usually that the image file size is too large.
On Wordpress the maximum file size is 8MB. But upload something that large and you will eat up your hosting. And it will also affect the ranking of your website. Images that large take a long time to load. And site load is a ranking factor.
So, what can you do? Well, most experts have PhotoShop. But my experience is that you need a degree in Geekery to use PhotoShop - even to resize your files.
Which is why I was delighted to discover PicMonkey.com. The site has been around for a while. It allows you to upload your own images and then add slogans and other text. Remember, remember, they must be your own images.
Copyright is becoming more and more of an issue on the internet. And using someone else's photographs on your website without permission can be an expensive mistake.
How to compress photos to upload them to your website
- Go to PicMonkey.com. For this function, you can use the free version. You don't even need to sign in!
- Click Edit A Photo. You will then see the usual browser to choose the image from your computer. Click Open.
- When the photograph appears in the PicMonkey window, click Resize. It's the last option in the left hand column.
- The Resize dashboard will open where that Resize button had been previously in the bottom left. Choose the dimensions of your new image. I would suggest 400 or 300 as the width. If you check the box that keeps the proportions, the height will complete itself automatically. Click Apply.
- After the image has resized, click SAVE!!! The button is right at the top of the page
- The screen refreshes with your resized image. Now you have to choose the quality of that image. This is the compression part. The better the quality of the image, the larger the size of the file. For web pages and blog posts, you want something less than 20KB.
- You have three options. Roger, Pearce and Sean. The middle one, Pearce gives you great quality and good file size so is the most likely candidate for the average business owner.
- Now click the button which says Save To My Computer.
- Go to your website and upload this new compressed image in the usual way.
How to compress photos to upload them to your website. Sorted!
And, in case you don't do well with words, here's a video that demonstrates.