According to Wikipedia, WordPress supports more than 60 million websites online. The ability to allow full customization is the reason for its popularity. Are you a blogger? Do you know how to optimize images in WordPress?
The less strain on your site, the better. Knowing how to add and edit images in WordPress goes hand in hand with knowing how to improve site speed and loading time. Site speed is huge when it comes to Google ranking. So if you’re learning how to use Google for profit and build an online business, this is a big deal.
In this article (and video), I’ll show you how to add images in WordPress, how to edit images in WordPress, and how to optimize images in WordPress manually to improve site speed and loading time.
How to Optimize Images in WordPress
In this quick video I’m going to show you exactly how to manually optimize images in WordPress. Adding images and editing them to bring down their file size greatly reduces the strain on your site. Using WordPress makes this easy, and this video will show you just how simple it can be.
How to Add an Image in WordPress
From your post editor, go to Add Media. Here you have the option to choose an image already in your media library, or add one from your computer. To pick one from your computer choose Upload Files then Select Files.
A window will open where you can choose the image you’d like to insert into your post. Once you pick the image you like, WordPress will begin uploading it into your media library.
How to Edit an Image in WordPress by Rotating & Flipping
Sometimes the orientation of an image can change during the uploading process. This doesn’t happen often, but if you need to make some basic edits to the image here is where you can do it.
You are able to rotate the image 90 degrees at a time to fix orientation issues. You can also flip the image on its x axis or its y axis as well.
Note that flipping an image on its axis is not the same as rotating it twice. An upside down text image, for example, that you flip on its x axis will be right side up but with reversed letters. To fix an upside down image you would need to rotate it twice.
How to Optimize Images in WordPress by Scaling Them
While rotating or flipping an image will fix orientation issues, these don’t reduce its file size or scale. To understand how to optimize images in WordPress manually, simply reduce the scale of the image.
Reducing the scale of the image not only changes its visual representation on your site, but it reduces its file size as well. Even if you are choosing a size of the image using WordPress’s sizing options (thumbnail, medium, large, full size), your site still has to upload the image before resizing it.
Scaling the image down allows your site to upload a much smaller file before resizing it. Think of this as reducing the strain on your site behind the scenes. Reducing the strain on your site helps to improve your site speed and improve your loading speed as well.
If you upload photos to your blog taken from your iPhone, then you know that these photos are natively high quality and usually larger in file size. By knowing how to optimize images in WordPress, you can make the necessary edits within WordPress and still have a very fast loading time and improve your site speed.
WordPress is a great platform to build your website on. In fact, in 3 easy steps you can have your own free WordPress website live and ready to build on.
Understanding how to optimize images in WordPress manually is one piece of building a successful website that creates a great user experience. Additionally, you can further optimize your images with plugins like Smush Image Compression and Optimization and Ewww Image Optimizer. I use WP Smush to further optimize all my images automatically.
I have another recent post detailing my top 10 places to visit in Tokyo that is filled top to bottom with both images and video. By manually optimizing the images and scaling them down as I uploaded them, and then having the plugin optimize the images further, the post isn’t bogged down. Take a look for yourself!
Knowing how to optimize images in WordPress will improve your site speed and loading time, but what about keeping people engaged? Did you know there is a perfect blog post structure that keeps your audience on your page longer?
And now that you understand how to optimize images in WordPress, what about learning how to embed YouTube video in your WordPress blog? Incorporating both images and video just like I’ve done with this post is a great way to build a better user experience. People. Love. Video. Take advantage of this.
Further, if you’re looking to build traffic and build revenue, did you know there’s a tool available that will tell you exactly what keywords your target audience is looking for?
I hope this article has opened your eyes to these possibilities. With the right training, you can learn how to use the internet as a resource instead of a time waster. I wish I could take more credit for passing on this knowledge, but I owe it all to the online community where I got my training. If these topics interest you, I highly recommend you create your free account and get started with this training as well. You won’t regret it.
Do you have a better understanding of how to optimize images in WordPress? What sites do you use to find your images? Do you upload your own? How long have you been building with WordPress? Have you used other platforms in the past? Leave your comments and questions in the comments below. I’m always interested in responding to your questions and would love to hear what you have to say.