Blogging is mostly about content, and the bulk of that content is almost always text. You can, however, greatly enhance your readers’ experiences by adding images. This brief guide will cover some of the important things you should know about using images on your blog.
- Do not overuse – Unless you are a photographer, you should probably not have more images than text. Even if you do, you need to make sure single pages are not so overloaded with images that they slow down the website.
- Resize and Optimize – Make sure you scale images to new sizes rather than using the img tag to resize a large image. This will save you bandwidth. Moreover, while you are scaling the image, you can also optimize to reduce the file size and still maintain quality.
- Content Delivery Network – If you plan on hosting a large number of frequently-accessed images, a content delivery network (CDN) can greatly reduce the stress on your server and possibly even the cost of major bandwidth. Content delivery networks store your static files, including images, and load them to your website upon request, speeding up delivery time and reducing server load.
- Use the ALT attribute – This is required for valid HTML, but it is also very useful in terms of optimization. In addition to being an accessibility tool, it will help with SEO, bringing in traffic based on the descriptions you provide. It will also discourage false positives when people search for images, which will greatly reduce unnecessary bandwidth usage.
Managing images on your blog does not have to be a struggle. Once you come up with a system for handling each of the above issues, it will become easy to get work done and make your blog look great.
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