"A picture says 1000 words"
Images on your blog play a major role, and Harsh sir has also discussed about it on ShoutMeLoud before. He has a quick recap:
- Images become more appealing to see your post.
- Posts with images receive more shares than posts without images.
- Images helps in bringing traffic from the image search engine.
There are some other reasons about this too, but the above three reasons are the most important. Now a basic question, now we will talk about where someone should host their blog images? Harsh sir once received an email from a reader who is hosting his images on Flickr, and running a WordPress blog. This is his email thread:
Initially, Harsh sir thought that Jeffy is hosting images on Flickr, as he could use another CMS for his website. Harsh was surprised when he mentioned WordPress, and when he asked him why he was hosting images on Flickr, his response was something that Harsh sir also felt in the early days of his blogging.
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In 2010, moving on, Harsha felt that hosting images on other sites was a good idea. In this way hosting will save bandwidth and blog will load faster. And at the same time it would also reduce the persistent HTTP request on their server. But he was wrong and now I am going to share his experience in this guide which he learned about hosting images for the blog.
If you are one of those bloggers who host their images on Imgur, Flickr, Dropbox, Photobucket or any other site, then read these guides carefully.
Why not host Images on 3rd Party Sites?
When you are running a blog on your server (on self-hosted WordPress or another platform), hosting images on other sites is a bad idea. You are missing the major benefit of images and are putting the future of your blog at risk.
- Have you ever thought what would happen if the 3rd Party site decided to shutdown?
- What will happen when they delete your account or image for any reason?
When you host your images on your hosting server, you are safe from the above risks. Most important, you own images, and you get SEO benefits because of images.
BlogSpot for bloggers:
BlogSpot bloggers need less to worry about hosting images, because your images are hosted on your linked Picasa account. You can let it run like this. My suggestion is when you Shift from BlogSpot to WordPress, Then you should shift all your images to your web-hosting.
Let me now tell you about the solutions to all those problems, which will be in relation to hosting images on the server.
Bandwidth and Storage issue:
As Jeffy points out about the bandwidth issue, which is a real fear for bloggers who are on limited bandwidth hosting. If you host on such a server, you should host your site beyond such hosting companies that offer unlimited bandwidth and storage. Bluehost, Hostgator is one of those hosting.
If you have an image heavy site, your site's load time is high. To improve loading time, instead of hosting elsewhere, take advantage of CDN. you Free CDN services like CloudFlare You can use or pay a little money and use a premium CDN service such as MAXCDN.
Bonus Tip: Image Optimization
When you are publishing an image on the web, it is important for you to optimize them for faster loading. There are two practices here that I suggest you to follow.
- Resize the image before uploading: If your post requires a 650Px image, it would be a good idea to resize the image before uploading it. In this way you will not scale down a bigger image and your image will remain smaller.
- Compress image: You can use ImageOptim (for Mac users), such as a free tool or, Smush.it image plugin for WordPress. By compressing images, you remove unessential data from images, without reducing the quality of the image.
Many times, hosting your images on the 3rd party site is not bad. Let's say you have clicked 100 high resolution images in an event or a travel trip, so you can host them on sites like Flickr and Dropbox. You can use third party sites to embed such albums in your blog. This exception is only for some cases. Otherwise, I always recommend hosting your images on a hosting server.
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