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Publishing and Editing Images
As our previous post showed: images are great to improve the surfing experience of our visitors. The way we edit however is an important component for different reasons: if we embed large pictures into a post or page, the first impression can be smashing but it can be at the expense of fast loading pages. There are a few remedies to the loading problems you may encounter.
How to assure fast page loading
The best solution from a user’s point of view: get a fast internet connection.If I am running the previous post on a 24 MB/s line, it’s a piece of cake. If you live in a country where fast lines are not available, then you are at the mercy of webmasters who load less demanding stuff.
Thumbnails load fast and can then expand to most any size. Chose a thumbnail format which is still big enough to attract the curiosity of your visitor.
Example: this is a 120×80 thumbnail. It gives a ‘small’ idea about what the big picture could be.
Embed medium size Images
If a picture is less attractive as a thumbnail, just embed a medium size format:
Example: 300 wide for this one.
Embed maximum width Image only exceptionally
One big image in a post will not hurt. But if you embed multiple pictures, loading time will increase dramatically.
Example: 500 wide.
Here we choose the big size because the thumb or 300 would not really have any significant effect.
Use Slide Shows
Slide shows also allow us to save time depending on how they load.
Check it out our next post.
Use overlay display for large pictures.
Check out the extra large versions of the above pictures by clicking on them:
Also, some pictures will only develop the desired effect in big format: click to see Ismail from Global Sports :-).
or this one? Here our friend Ismail rocks, click below!
As you can see: this page loads much faster than the previous post about Besma Bashier HERE.
Join tonight’s YORGOO Call if you are interested in implementing the above. 8 pm London Time at yorGOtalk.
PS: If you would like to learn how to create such images, please post a comment :-).
PPS: I forgot: You can always use Galleries to organize the pics of a post or page in a more balanced way: