Are you a photographer or a blogger who publishes a lot of photos? Want to create a photoblog on WordPress? Even if neither one nor the other, it is unlikely that your website be without images.
WordPress with each new version gives more features work with images.
In this article I will talk about some key aspects of working with images which are useful for search engine optimization and the speed of your site.
Before uploading image, you must take care of following points.
Make sure that upload images are of suitable size and light weight. The original image straight from the camera usually have a heavy weight should reduce their weight before uploading. Recommended image sizes are specified in the description of the field: so, for the covers and background images is usually quite suitable picture size 1400х960 pix. For post images usually fit the image size 960х760 pix. Before upload images, rename the image files so that their names match the content: title my-work-in-google.jpg much better than DSC0007234.jpg. Instead of spaces in file names it is best to use hyphens or underscores.
For uploaded images, you define the attributes Alt and Title. These attributes help search engines, that has a positive effect on the search ranking.
Useful WordPress images plugins for each website
ShortPixel is an image optimization plugin which will speed up your website by reducing the weight of the images without reducing their quality. ShortPixel uses advanced compression technology that reduces image size without any before/after difference in quality.
ShortPixel silently works in the process of uploading the images, creating images that are smaller, however, which look like the originals. So, with the smaller size of your ShortPixel optimized images, you can expect Improving conversions from the faster page loads.
ShortPixel also resizes the original images (if the user chooses that option) so they can upload large resolution images, they’ll be resized and optimized automatically.
Regenerate Thumbnails allows you to regenerate the thumbnails for your image attachments. This plugin is very useful in cases when you are going to switch between WordPress themes.
More images plugins for WordPress
WP Retina 2x
This plugin does two things: it creates the image files required by the High-DPI devices and it displays them to your visitors accordingly. Your website will look crisp on every device. The retina images will be generated for you automatically.
Image Watermark Plugin will be mark each photo with watermark.
A plugin to display your instagram images different three layout masonry, masonry lightbox & slider.
Minimalist WordPress themes for photoblogging
DinevThemes offers some great themes for photo bloggers. Among such themes there is popular theme Photoline which helps you to easily build a photographer website, photo blog or portfolio. Check out Teletype Plus it’s a our newest theme which offers modern minimalist presentation of photos with a masonry layout.
What methods and plugins you use to optimize images? Do not hesitate to comment.