A common misconception about the images you insert into your page is that a small image will load faster than a larger one.

This is true if the file size of the image is smaller. But the size you set the image to when you insert it into your page via HTML has nothing to do with load times.
the code to insert an image is:

<img style="width: 512px; height: 512px;"
alt="alternate text goes here"

Changing the size down to
width: 250px; height: 250px; will not speed up load times at all.

Changing the actual file size by jpeg (jpeg is the most common image file name ) compression will speed up load times especially for potential customers who are on a dial up connection.

I have located a free file that will accomplish this very easily. The name of it is
FastStone Image Viewer I only had to change one setting for it to save a 545 kb file down to a 97 kb file that will make your image load about 5 times as fast.
Once I downloaded and installed it (Windows Version Only) I went to settings, then the JPEG tab, Moved the Default JPEG Quality to 10. Then made sure I unchecked the "Use JPEG quality from the original file, if possible button".

Save those settings then you open a picture up, then save image as you new file name and it resizes or actually compresses the JPEG file. Almost no one can tell the difference in the quality of the image either.

There are many other free image tools available this is only. I have checked this one out and it works good and is simple to use. It does not compressimages as well as say photoshop will do but then again it doesn't cost you hundreds of dollars either

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