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The photos that come straight out of your camera are typically large. If you are using a dSLR camera, for example, your photos may be as large as 3 MB or over 3000 pixels wide. That’s huge!
As you can imagine, uploading a ton of large photos to your blog can really add up and put a load on your server. This makes your site slower and slower to load, until it is so slow that most readers won’t take the time to wait for your site to open. Essentially, a bunch of large photos are going to push your audience away from your site towards faster-loading blogs. So don’t upload your full-sized photos to your site and resize them in the media library; shrink them down before you upload!
Resizing your photos isn’t difficult, and can make a big difference. By simply shrinking your photos to their display size before you upload them to the web, your photo files will be crunched to at least 1/3 their original size, if not made even smaller. And if you do it properly, you won’t lose any image quality along the way.
I recommend sizing your photos to be 500 – 1000 pixels wide, depending on your blog layout. Save them at the highest possible quality/resolution, and your photo files will still be much smaller than they were before.
You can resize your photos in nearly any photo editing software, but if you want to simply batch resize a bunch of already-edited photos, there are some free, downloadable options: