My home page loads fairly slow. A speed test indicates the preponderance of bytes are from images. I have the slider images set at approx. 1500×500 how small can I go down without losing quality on larger screens? Should I look at my host for faster service instead? mbadeck.net
You should try to use a CDN for static content. Also, you may play around with different compression settings. I do export with around 60 (percent) of compression. I do also use the boxed layout, so my max. image width is 1200 pixels. As for sliders and stuff I would recommend your images shouldn’t be larger than 200kb in filesize.
If you use Photoshop (or some other), try to oversharpen the original image (you’ll have to play with the settings). Scale it down, crop it and after that try to add a very tight blur. This can help you shrinking the file sizes… ;)
@formateins: Thanks for the tip.
You can do the following:
1.) Use this plugin to compressed your css and js files: http://wordpress.org/plugins/bwp-minify/
3.) Optimize your image sizes. There are lots of tutorial on how to do it. Search google “optimize image sizes tutorial”.
4.) Upgrade your hosting service.
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