When it comes to pixels and online images, bigger isn’t necessarily better. While it’s true that images with large numbers of pixels are crisper and clearer, such attributes aren’t very important when images are posted on websites. They matter a lot more with printed images.
With this in mind, give some thought to how large your images will be before you build a website. If you’re not careful, you could end up with a site that’s filled with huge, memory-hogging images that add little or nothing to the user experience.
Overly Large Images May Not Render Properly
One reason to take care about the number of pixels in your images is because overly large images may not render properly on some monitors. On your own monitor, an image may look terrific. On smaller monitors, however, part of the image may be cut off or look strange. As a website owner, your goal should be to make your site accessible to as many people as possible. If images don’t display properly on some monitors, people won’t be able to view your site as easily and may not stick around.
Slow Load Times Impact Website Quality
Don’t forget that some people may not have access to the fastest Internet. It’s tempting to put huge photos and detailed images on a website, but they are going to have massive file sizes as well. When an image has large amounts of pixels, it is going to be a really large file. Some Internet browsers will struggle to download such images. In some cases, page load times could take minutes. Some pages may not load completely at all. Before you make a website, look for ways to ensure that it will load properly for as many people as possible.
Rules to Follow on Pixel Size
By now, you’re probably confused about what constitutes an appropriate image size for a website. As a general rule, stick with images that measure 800 pixels by 600 pixels. If you are still experiencing long load times or other problems, reduce images to 640 by 200 pixels or even 320 by 240 pixels. You can reduce the size of an image by cropping it, reducing its pixel dimensions, or compressing it. You may need to play around with these options to see what works best for your site. Be sure to look at your website on different monitors and devices to make sure all of your website images have the desired appearance and load time.