Images are an important part of website content, yet many websites neglect the benefit that they can have on SEO. There is a lot that can be done with images to improve site performance, as well as SEO. It is important that images benefit a website, rather than hinder it.
Images are a major part of media content on a website, and they can aid in delivering a message, but when they are done wrong they can hinder a website. There are a lot of things to consider when putting images on your website, and the more optimized they are, the better your website will perform.
Resizing of Images, Standards Sizes and WYSIWYG Editing
In your images it is important to have them a certain size so they are easy to manipulate. The smaller the image, the better result you will have with page load times. If you are using a CMS such as WordPress images can be edited to fit a certain size, and re-sized with the WYSIWYG editor. This is great, but it is best to have the images down to a manageable size.
In WordPress there are many customizing options when you upload an image. You have the choice of 4 default sizes, which are thumbnail, medium, large, and full sized image. This each has default dimensions that are set by WordPress, but they can be changed. If you want your site to load faster, it is best to edit the image first with Inkscape, or GIMP. Resizing the image to the default sizes in WordPress will keep WordPress from having to do the job once the image is uploaded. This will use fewer resources and allow your page to load faster.
SEO and Images; The Importance Of Good SEO in Images
It cannot be expressed enough, how important it is to have images properly formatted on a website. It will make your website perform better for the user, and possibly help you rank better in the search results.
Images can say a thousand words, and sometimes people cannot see them, and the spiders (Search Engines) only read text. If you want a search engine to give you credit for the images on your website, it is important that they have the image ALT tag. It does not only give search engines a description of the image, but it is also used to give descriptions to people who are visually impaired and cannot see the images.
User Experience including Carousels, Animation and HTML5
It is important to have images on a website for many reasons, and having them optimized can benefit your and your visitors. The basics of image tags are simple, and with a CMS like WordPress or Joomla, it is easy to accomplish what you want with your images.
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