Page load speeds got you down? The first and easiest thing you should check is the size of the images you have on your page(s).

Image Optimization: Benefits & Best Practices

Tue Jun 14, 2016

Page load speeds got you down? The first and easiest thing you should check is the size of the images you have on your page(s).

For example, it could be that your header logo image looks like it is 300px wide on your website (display size), but in reality it is 1600px wide (natural size) and just scaled down using CSS to fit into that 300px display size. If you are experiencing some slow page load times, make sure to re-size and re-upload your images within CM1.  You can re-size images to upload to CM1 by using a tool like Photoshop or Paint to get the natural size of your image as close to the display size as you can.

Or, if your image's natural size and display sizes are already exact or close, there are a few online tools that help you as well. The one that we have found that we like to use is called Optimizilla*. It allows you to load in up to 20 images and then compress them all down and see a preview of before and after as you do it. There are many other tools out there that are hosted online, however, Optimizilla* is neat in that is allows you to compress multiple images at once and also allows you to preview the before/after effects to the image before you actually do the compression.

*These tools/products are not created, maintained, supported, or sponsored by Percussion. These are just third-party tools that we love to use on a daily basis that we want to share :)


Casey Aiello
Casey Aiello
Professional Services Team Lead | Web Consultant/Designer | Percussion Software

Along with being a Consultant, Casey is also the Professional Services Team Lead at Percussion and our in-house designer. She has a strong background in responsive web design and development. Casey knew that she wanted to work in the tech field ever since she was in elementary school. That strong passion led her to be a volunteer and strong advocate of various organizations that work to get more young women involved and excited about science and technology careers. In her free time, Casey enjoys spending time relaxing with family and friends.

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