Size Matters!

Image size is important for websites - Little Nerd Web Design

Well, well, well… Get ready for a shocker, my friend. Brace yourself because… size DOES matter!

Oh, stop blushing! I’m talking about image sizes, silly! (What on earth did you think I was referring to?)

The size of your images matters for three magic spells:

  • The charm of user experience
  • The speed of your page’s broomstick
  • The potion for better rankings

Now, picture this: you’ve got a teeny-weeny image, but you want it to spread its wings and cover the full width of your website. Quite a conundrum, eh?

Image size is important for websites - Little Nerd Web Design

Just take a glimpse at the picture above. It’s stretched out like a pair of old yoga pants, blurry as a foggy morning and, let’s be honest, it looks absolutely rubbish. But hey, don’t go overcompensating by chucking in an image that’s too big. It’ll make your page load slower than a tortoise on a treadmill, and Google will throw a proper wobbly.

Don’t be a muppet, stick to a width of 2500 pixels. It’s the magic number. It’s like the Goldilocks of image sizes – not too big, not too small, but just right for website width. Trust me, I’m a website witch.

Image size is important for websites - Little Nerd Web Design
Formats & file size are important

Size isn’t everything. When it comes to images, there’s a whole other world beyond just width and height. It’s not just about how they look, but how they’re saved too. Sure, you can go old school with png or jpg, but why not try something a bit more snazzy? Meet avif and webp, the cool kids on the image block. These bad boys not only keep your backgrounds transparent (so no awkward white boxes here), but they’re also smaller in file size. That means your webpage will load faster than you can say ‘abracadabra’.

Image size is important for websites - Little Nerd Web Design

In the grand tradition of us internet wizards, there are always a plethora of online gizmos ready to do the heavy lifting for you. Ever tried EZgif? It’s a bit of a lifesaver.

And look here, after you’ve got your image saved and ready, why not give it a bit more of a squeeze with Image Optimizer? It’s like giving your file a good corseting – nips it right in at the waist. Bob’s your uncle!

So there you have it! Remember, size does indeed matter – but only when it comes to your images. Get them right, and your website will be riding the digital broomstick like a pro Quidditch player. Don’t forget to optimise, experiment with those fancy formats, and always keep a few tricks up your sleeve. Until next time, keep casting those website spells and may the SEO gods be ever in your favour!