Size Matters (Image Size That Is)
We want to fill our websites with beautiful imagery to keep the visitors and potential clients engaged and interested. But when dealing with images on websites you need to be concered with the file size of that image. Site speed is a ranking factor.
Let’s give a quick example. The image below can be viewed at a max size in your browser of 750px wide. However this particular image is 2560px wide, it’s just be resized by the browers to be able to view it. The file size is 921 KB
Now if we resize the image to the max width of 750px prior to uploading it, we get an image that’s the same size in the browser, but it’s only 161KB in file size.
If we take that one step further and run it through an image optimization program, like Kraken.io then we get an image that is only 130KB in file size.
Just by optimizing that one image, we saved the visitor over 800KB in data that had to be downloaded!
Resize and optimize your images before publishing them on your websites!
Never Forget Where Your WordPress Site is Hosted or the Domain is Registered
If you’re like me, you work on multiple websites. It’s difficult to remember where each site is registered and hosted. Yeah you can use whois to find out the registration and WhoIsHostingThis to find out the host, but those are extra steps.
One handy thing that I’ve learned is to update the footer in my WordPress Theme to show this in the admin screen in the footer.
Here’s How to Update Your Footer in the WordPress Admin
A Walk Through Guide to Making Your Site Mobile Friendly
April 21, 2015….that was the deadline. Google has flat out said “mobilize your site now or we’ll kick you off the Internets!”
OK, so maybe they didn’t say it like that verbatim, but more or less. My favorite co-worker with a name that starts with C, Chris Lister, covered Google’s announcement and what it means to you in depth with his post “Google’s New Mobile Friendly Algorithm Update“. So I won’t bore you with those details.
What I will bore you with is what we (and by we I mean I) did to our own site to make it pass the Mobile-Friendly Test. If you’ve got what it takes, you can follow along and attempt to do it on your own site.
Forewarning! This isn’t Going to be Easy!
Assuming you’ve already run your site through that test and have seen that it failed, what can you do? Well if you don’t know anything about HTML or CSS…nothing…you’re screwed. Close down your business, it’s washed up. [Read More]