I'm trying to improve my site speed and just wondering - are there any good image hosting sites I could hold product images on that would increase loading times, specific file types, etc. Just trying to optimize images in general 🙂
Gina here from flareAI - your Fully Automated Free Sales Machine. Image optimization is absolutely crucial for website speed. Image optimization helps in improving page load speed, boosts websites' SEO ranking, and improves user experience.
There are many ways you can optimize the images.
1. Add descriptive image file names For better image SEO it's important to use relevant keywords to help your webpage rank on search engines. As search engines not only crawl the text on your webpage, they also crawl your image file names, creating descriptive, keyword-rich file names is crucial for image optimization. For example: Don't name the image files like DCASWERE10.jpg, blue.jpg, shirt.jpg, etc. Instead, add more descriptive names. 2. Add appropriate alt text for all images The alt attribute adds SEO value to your website. Add appropriate alt attributes including relevant keywords to the images on your website can help you rank better in the search engines. 3. Reduce the image size without compromising the quality The larger the file sizes, the longer it takes a webpage to load. You can use some tools like Image Resizer, Compress JPEG etc, to reduce the image size. 4. Submit the sitemaps As Shopify has included images in the sitemap, you can regularly submit the sitemap to Google to get the products indexed. 5. Replace GIFs with static images 6. Don't add too many images on a page Adding too many images on a page can be frustrating. It can significantly slow the load time of your website. Also, it can overwhelm visitors, which will ultimately result in a poor user experience, a high bounce rate, and a high probability of lower rankings in relative search results. 7. Use Lazyload wherever required to reduce initial load time
I hope that the above list’s tips will help you optimize your store images.