As you may have noticed, PopCultHQ.com is VERY graphic heavy. That is because we want to give you to a real feel for what we are writing about. Whether it’s a new comic or a convention, we want you to see the best. This means that, over the years, we have compiled a HUGE media library with hundreds of thousands of pictures. That is a LOT of graphics and they take up a lot of room. They also mean slower loading times for you.
Over 49% of our website content is images and approximately 56% of our website requests are images.
Over the last few years, we’ve tried a few different ways to speed up our site; one of those is by compressing the graphic images. There are a lot of ways to do this, and I’ve looked at a lot of image compression programs. But after experimentation, we chose ShortPixel as the one that works most effectively for us.
SHORTPIXEL IMPROVES WEBSITE PERFORMANCE BY REDUCING THE IMAGE SIZE.
RESULTED SMALLER IMAGES ARE NO DIFFERENT IN QUALITY FROM THE ORIGINAL.
I realize that our numbers still aren’t spectacular, and I am working on that and hope to be able to give you the speed you want.
Shortpixel improved our speed overall, unfortunately the numbers are skewed a little bit as I reinstated our ad server between 10% and 20%. The photo optimization is currently only about 25% of the way through our photos, so I’m expecting the numbers to improve from here.
Overall, we have improved 0.84 seconds or approximately 9%. That’s not too bad of a difference for just one program, and it’s not finished running yet.
Check out ShortPixel on your own site and see how well they do for you.