Webpage speed is a critical factor for all websites and may cause your visitors to leave prematurely. There is nothing worse than waiting for a webpage to load.
Readers will leave your site if your pages are too slow to load. Webpage speed is directly proportional to a reader's experience on your site. Visitors are more likely to stay if pages load quickly.
Readers will leave your webpage if your webpages is too slow to load. Your webpage speed and load time should be monitored.
If load time is less than 1.5 seconds your site will get a google tick and you will earn more google juice. Between 1.5 - 5 seconds may cause an alert but longer than 5 seconds will earn you a warning message from google.
Google won't tell you but a slow webpage speed will generate a crawler flag on your site credentials.
Images are certainly one of the major factors that will slow down a webpage speed.
The size of your image will immediately impact on your webpage speed. Obviously larger images take longer to load.
There are several ways to optimize your images to enable faster loading of your webpage.
Images are measured in pixels per inch. The more pixels the better, and more detailed, the image will appear. That also means the image will take longer to load. Most images on the Web are 72 and 100 pixels per inch.
There are many image compressing software and plugins available. Some are better than others.
Optimizilla works separately, is completely free and will optimize unlimited images.
You can upload up to 20 images at a time. Simply wait for the compression to end. If you click on the thumbnails in the queue, you can vary the for quality setting. There is also a slider to control the compression level and mouse/gestures to compare images.
ShortPixel Image Optimizer
This is a very effective image compression plug in. The free version allow you to optimize 100 images in your library each month. You can subscribe for more.
This plugin uses minimal resources and works well with any shared, cloud, VPS or dedicated web hosting. It can optimize any image you have on your website even the images that aren't listed in Media Library.