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Why You Need to Resize Your Images Before Uploading To Your Blog

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If you’re not resizing your images for the web, you need to, here’s why:

Without getting very technical, the reasons you need to resize your images are for quality and space.

  • When we’re talking about image size on the computer we’re almost always speaking in terms of pixels (px, for short.)

A high-quality photo rezised for blogging

Quality:

I’m not talking about your image quality, which is obviously better if it’s a larger file size, I’m talking about quality of your website. Big pictures take longer to load – this means if people have to wait forever for your picture to load, they may get frustrated and leave your site.

Big pictures (usually 1000px & up) are good for print images, on the web there’s almost no reason for them.

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Space:

Bigger images take up more of your hosting space. This isn’t as big of a deal nowdays because so many hosting companies offer more space than you’ll ever use, but that doesn’t rule out the possibly.

You can edit your photos once they’re uploaded onto your server/website but that still means the computer has to process that change, giving it more work to do before the picture can be loaded. So it’s always better to resize before uploading.

You can use the image editor that came with your computer, something more fancy like Adobe Photoshop, or any number of online applications.

I’d suggest keeping your images under 800x800px

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TYB

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