When Adding Images to a Website… PLEASE Scale!

G’day everyone! It’s been a while hasn’t it? I haven’t posted lately because I’ve de-prioritised blogging for a bit to get some other stuff done. Sorry about that. Or maybe you’re glad of the space?

Anyway, time for a bit of a rant and hopefully some education.

I received one of many helpful weekly email subscriptions today and it nearly killed my computer. Well, not really but it was awful sluggish for a bit. This problem occurs with both websites and rich emails that experts in fields other than web development often send to their followers.

This particular email newsletter contained some images. These images displayed extremely slowly as they squeezed their apparently massive bulk through the narrow internet pipe to my laptop. After right-clicking the first image to view the image info in Firefox, it showed these vast dimensions:

Size: 8,881.25 KB (9,094,396 bytes)
Dimensions: 6,016px × 2,933px (scaled to 450px × 219px)

1 image, 9 Megabytes and 5 times wider than my screen! There were two more images of 7 and 4 MBs. These were then scaled down by the browser to fit in a much more reasonable 450 pixel wide area. This shouldn’t be necessary.

Please Scale Your Images!

Please, Noobie web developers and purveyors of e-newsletters, please, when attaching images to websites and emails, please scale them to approximately the correct size before uploading. Please! It will save yourself and your followers an awful lot of download usage, time and cursing.

Most graphic tools have a scale or resize feature. Even MS Paint. I think. Otherwise there’s Photoshop or the free alternative called GIMP which can be found at http://www.gimp.org. I use GIMP a lot. Highly recommended.

Have a great week! 🙂

3 thoughts on “When Adding Images to a Website… PLEASE Scale!

    1. Richard Leonard Post author

      The practice of not scaling is quite common, actually. I’ve received an explanation about why and I’ll be doing another post with more detail and how-to’s this week.
      But enough about scaling fish. I will do one about resizing images in websites, too.


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