How to improve the quality of the images in WordPress

Images can high­ly reduce read­er­ship. That’s a fact, and there are dozens of arti­cles writ­ten on this par­tic­u­lar top­ic. The truth is that peo­ple skip web­sites that dis­play images with poor qual­i­ty or that aren’t aligned to a big­ger con­tent strat­e­gy.

How­ev­er, there are some cas­es in which the qual­i­ty of the image has to be great to send a clear mes­sage and attract the right kind of atten­tion.

Here are some of the com­mon caus­es of blur­ry images:

  • You upload a blur­ry image — it hap­pens to all of us. It might’ve been an image which appeared nice on your mobile device, but it lost its beau­ty on desk­top screens.
  • Word­Press resizes the image — some­times the images are resized in order to suit per­for­mance. That decreas­es their qual­i­ty too. Also, Word­Press 4.4 has intro­duced a fea­tured called Respon­sive Images. This favors per­for­mance for mobile devices and here’s noth­ing to wor­ry about.

Next, we sug­gest you a set of sol­id and easy-to-imple­ment solu­tions:

  • Increase Word­Press’ default JPEG image com­pres­sion lim­it.
  • Resize the default thumb­nail size and regen­er­ate them using a plu­g­in like Sim­ple Image Sizes.
  • Alter the sharp­ness of resized images.
  • Regard­less of the file for­mat, use the RGB (screen) col­or space. The CMYK col­or space is only used in print media.

These spe­cif­ic rec­om­men­da­tions help you cre­ate a stun­ning look­ing web­site that ful­ly rep­re­sents your per­son­al­i­ty.

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Updated on May 15, 2017

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