How much disk space do you need for your website? It’s a question we must ask ourselves after all the hard work you’ve done by choosing the right domain name. No matter who you choose to go with for your hosting, you are only allotted a specific amount of hard disk space on the server as per the package you chose to go with. In that allotted space, you are putting on the following: database, HTML files, images, videos, flash files, audio, email accounts, raw access logs, and other installed programs. So how much room does this take up?
It’s not so easy to answer this question since there are many different types of websites. A website with hundreds of large video and audio ties will take up a lot more space than a small website with just a few pages. Then there are websites that have many high-quality pictures, e-commerce or Buzzfeed type of websites, and that takes up considerably more space than an average blog that doesn’t have many graphics and is all content focused.
There’s been one significant trend that has emerged in website design during the past year that could change the minimum disk space requirements for many companies and that is images played a huge part in taking over individual webpages. Images have grown from an average of 793 KB per page in 2012 to just over 1 MB per page today. This is more than double the average from 2010, when it was 430 KB.
What’s the big deal with having an image heavy site? You’re just utilizing the hard disk space you bought from the hosting company, right? Wrong! Your website is taking a long time to load because your images are too large. We totally understand why you want beautiful large photos on your website. It attracts visitors. However, unfortunately, it’s these beautiful images that are taking too long to upload. You have to optimize your images.
According to Radware, a one-second delay can cost you 7% of sales, 11% fewer pageviews, and 16% decrease in customer satisfaction. Not to mention that with page speed a ranking SEO factor, it’s crucial to get aggressive and take control of your image sizes to deliver a faster loading website to your users or you will lose customers and revenue.
Here at JPEGmini, we don’t want you to lose customers or revenue. We want you to thrive. We’ll help you optimize your photos so your website will not only load faster, but will also save you money and hard disc space from your hosting company. JPEGmini reduces the file size of your photos by up to 5x without changing your image size and original photo quality. You can try JPEGmini for free by clicking here.
If you’re not saving images optimized for web, then you should start doing so now. It can make a huge difference on your site speed, and your users will thank you for it. Keep your eyes posted to the JPEGmini blog. We are going to be coming out with the next post about reducing your CDN (Content Delivery Networks) costs by using JPEGmini.