Have you ever tried a page speed tool like Pingdom for your blog? Because I have. And those tools are rabbit holes, my friends. You’ll get a report that looks like a bunch of gibberish and still be left wondering why the heck your website is slow. As a craft/DIY/recipe blogger, I have a LOT of images, and there’s one message that always seems to come up loud and clear when I check my page speed. It’s probably the one thing I understand amongst all the technical jargon: reduce image size.
Many bloggers aren’t aware that reducing image size BEFORE uploading images to your blog is crucial to keep your database size down and your page speed up. There are free WordPress plugins that will compress JPEGs for you, but here’s the little know fact about a lot (I can’t speak for all) of them: they don’t compress the original photos. When you upload an image to WordPress, it creates a thumbnail, small, medium, and large version of the photo. You won’t see these four versions in your Media, but they are in your database. Many of the tools compress the versions without touching the original. Sure this saves you some image space, but if the original is huge, you’ve still got a problem.
I was in the same boat about a year ago when I friend introduced me to JPEGMini. This is now my preferred method to reduce image size for ALL of the my blog images, and I won’t post until the pictures have gone through the machine. As of this writing, 4.02 total GB have been saved by JPEGMini. I don’t know exactly what that’s equivalent too, but it’s a big deal.
Reduce Image Size with JPEGMini
I should start my introduction of JPEGMini to you by letting you know that if you want to compress a PNG or GIF, you’ll need a different tool. This is just as described – JPEG compression. And since seeing is believing, I encourage you to head right to the website and give it a try for yourself here. JPEGMini lets you run a test on their home page. The images are reduced by up to 80% without losing quality, which (since I’ve been using it for a year), I’ve seen with my own eyes. Or should I say I haven’t seen with my own eyes, since the before and after images appear the same to me.
As far as the tool, it’s REALLY easy to use. You’ll download it, purchase it (after your free trial), and then leave it as another program in your dock. When you need to use JPEGMini, simply open it and drag and drop images or folders into the window. You can save the copies as their own new files or replace originals, which is up to you. This tool does as it is supposed to do and it does it quickly. And I said before, the image quality is perfect. I just don’t see a difference, except in the size savings.
And Onto the Pro Edition
I may not have impressed you with the regular edition of JPEGMini, but the Pro edition is VERY cool. I won’t bore you with the details, but my favorite thing about Pro is that it has an extension for both Lightroom AND Photoshop which means it can integrate with your existing workflow. It also does batch resizing and multiple export and resize. If you work with a lot of photos like I do, this is crucial.
If you’re a blogger concerned with reducing your image size, you’re going to need a tool. JPEGMini is one of the few blogging tools I use every single day and love.
If you’ve had experience with JPEGMini, or have another image compression tool you think is worthy of a review, let me know in the comments!