ONLINE IMAGE COMPRESSOR

online-image-compressor

Photoshop is great tool. Well, it is the best thing out there when it comes down to dealing with your images – full stop! However, not everyone can afford it and more importantly for this post, it is often an absolute overkill if you wish to perform some very basic image compression in order to get it ready for a web use. Do you really wish to fire up Photoshop just so your image or a photo is ‘light’ enough for you to post it to your blog, web page or social media site? Answer is yes, of course, but only if you don’t know better and easier way and this is where online image compressor comes into play!

Compressor is very basic online application that is focusing on one simple thing which is reducing size of your jpg, png, gif or svg image file – that is it! However limited, it does what it does extremely well so don’t be surprised if your 1MB photo or an image drops down to about 250KB. Yes, Compressor will easily trim half and in some instances two thirds or even three quarters of an image size with minimal reduction in image quality! Naturally, you could do all this in some heavy lifting image editing software but in case you don’t know what you are doing you will never end up with such great results in such short time – fact!

Only complaint that I have with Compressor is that it won’t allow you to upload number of images at the same time. Kind of crap if you have fair few photos to grind through since you will be forced to upload and then download compressed versions of your images one by one. This is shame, but even with such handicap it will still be great time as well as money saver for many – no doubt about it…

Now you may wonder why exactly would you compress your photos and other images in the first place. Well, there are many reasons – first of all, it goes without saying that whoever is looking at your website or a blog will download page where compressed images are way faster than a page full of non-compressed images. Second, server resources are quite important so it’s obvious that you will be saving at very least half of the storage capacity by using compressed images. Third reason, arguably the most important one, is that Google and other search engines don’t like uncompressed photos, meaning that you can count on way better indexing and ranking scores if your images are properly optimised (or compressed) for the web use. With all this in mind, I can’t recommend Compressor strongly enough – great little tool :)

Check out Compressor here: https://compressor.io/

5 Comments

  1. Đeno Bačvić 31/03/2015 at 6:10 pm

    Is it going to make my page load faster if I compress the JPEGs with this tool before uploading them? I don’t care about Google indexing them properly, or should I?

  2. Ogy Ego 31/03/2015 at 6:17 pm

    Yes! But first try it on few images – say couple of B&W and couple of colour ones to see if it will fit your visual needs. If you are OK with the results by all means go for it – it will speed up the loading time drastically! And no, in your instance you don’t need to worry about Google since it is just portfolio related stuff :)

  3. Đeno Bačvić 31/03/2015 at 6:19 pm

    Nice tool, thanks Mr. Ego:)

  4. kombizz 07/01/2016 at 3:39 pm

    Sorry, it seems the slider does not move & not clickable !

  5. Ogy 07/01/2016 at 4:47 pm

    Image above is just an illustration – you have to go to the actual website in order to see it in action.

    Thanks for the comment and fair point about the link. I have added it to the picture so things should be less confusing from now on.

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