Automatic Compression of Uploaded Jpg Images

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  1. eugbug profile image99
    eugbugposted 16 months ago

    When images are uploaded, they get scaled to a max dimension of 1024 pixels wide (the fully zoomed version that is). However are they compressed to any degree? I know this is something we should do ourselves before uploading in order to see the effects, but even a small amount of compression can make a large difference to filesize without any noticeable reduction in image quality.
    Is there any way of compressing all the images on a hub without manually downloading, compressing and re-uploading?

    1. Christy Kirwan profile image97
      Christy Kirwanposted 16 months agoin reply to this

      Unfortunately we don't offer this capability, so it's something you'll have to do off of HubPages and re-upload.

      1. eugbug profile image99
        eugbugposted 16 months agoin reply to this

        Ok, thanks for the feedback Christy. Looks like I've a lot of work to do!

        1. Glenn Stok profile image98
          Glenn Stokposted 16 months agoin reply to this

          Before you go crazy reducing the size of images, check your Google Analytics Speed reports.

          I check mine to see which hubs are loading slowly and I only work on those if they have oversized images. Google even gives suggestions for improvements.

          Under “Behavior” go to "Site Speed > Speed Suggestions"

          1. eugbug profile image99
            eugbugposted 16 months agoin reply to this

            Ok, thanks Glenn, good advice!
            Two of my top traffic hubs have 54 and 45 photos, most of which are likely to be 1024 pixels wide (scaled from 1600 on upload).

  2. eugbug profile image99
    eugbugposted 16 months ago

    Interestingly, a hub with only 18 images (which were heavily cropped), is the slowest loading at 29.9 seconds.
    Another odd thing is that Google Analytics Intelligence is telling me that one of my pages (the one with 45 images on it), had a significantly longer loading time for the month of August - approx. 26 sec as opposed to 15 seconds for July.

    1. Glenn Stok profile image98
      Glenn Stokposted 16 months agoin reply to this

      I guess it's possible that it was coming from a different server which was faster or slower. I believe that HubPages uses Amazon's Web Hosting Service, which uses redundancy to avoid down-time. Maybe the team can chime in on that.

  3. Will Apse profile image90
    Will Apseposted 16 months ago

    I wouldn't take automated reports from Google analytics too seriously unless you notice traffic issues. My big, image-heavy pages have always done fine.

    You can start to develop a kind of writerchondria if you are not willing to take stuff with a pinch of salt.

    Also, the whole page load thing is something to delegate to staff. It is so basic, they must monitor it all the time.

  4. eugbug profile image99
    eugbugposted 16 months ago

    What connection speed do they base their load times on, or is it an average?
    Could this intelligence report simply indicate that there was a greater proportion of readers from a country with low connection speeds?

  5. lobobrandon profile image88
    lobobrandonposted 16 months ago

    One of mine on GA says 71.86 seconds. That's impossible lol I'd ignore the GA speed analysis.

    1. eugbug profile image99
      eugbugposted 16 months agoin reply to this

      Wow, that's extreme! GA tells me that "1,507 of page views sent page load sample" since the start of July, which is less than 1% of views. Average load time for August was about 22 seconds, however average download time was about 0.33 seconds. Is a long load time due to users with older technology devices (slow processors, older graphics cards and low memory) ?

      1. lobobrandon profile image88
        lobobrandonposted 16 months agoin reply to this

        No, no and no. I do not think this is right data. There is no way the average is that bad. Don't bother with it.


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