We are spoiled silly with impressive cameras on our phone. Taking great photos is but a tap away on our phone screen.
Try taking a photo on your phone. Import it to your computer, and check the size. Last I checked, my photos always go up to 2MB each. Google's Lighthouse Audit tool which I covered here, will warn you if your images are more than 1MB. If your readers have really slow Internet speed, it might take forever for a page with many images to load and they'll leave.
If you don't want your readers to leave, you need to resize your images to be approximately 500KB. There are times you can't do that, because you need to balance between high resolution and size, but the idea here is to make your images reasonably sized (Below 1MB at least)
I usually use Window's Photos software to do the resizing, but I realized this ain't cutting it. I needed more control over how the end results turn out. Generally speaking, all I need are these features:
- Image proportion is preserved, and I get to choose the image quality.
- Resizing actually tones down the size (MB) by a lot. If it only reduces the size by 1%, it's useless.
I googled and found this - Image Resizer for Windows by Brice Lambson. Bless you, Brice. This is by far the easiest and useful tool I've ever used.
A right-click away
What I love about this tool is that you don't need to open the app to use it. You access it through using the right-click menu. I don't need to open an app to use a feature! Ah, bliss. Just right click on an image and you'll see the option right there.
All I ask for
Click on the option Resize pictures in the right-click menu and a popup should appear. You can choose any of these sizes, or add a size yourself. Then there's this encoder option and you can change the image quality too.
Resizing works pretty well
Mari-chan's latest blog post had a ton of images taken using her phone. Those images are really big! If there's 5 images in the blog post, then the reader is loading 5MB the first time they load the blog post! Using the Image Resizer, the sizes went from ~1MB to ~100KB. Now you're loading only ~500KB for that blog post.
Project is active
Last I checked, the author of this project is still updating the code base, so it is unlikely it gets abandoned. Check out the project status here.