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Photos are taking a long time to load

  1. Hi, I recently purchased a new blog template from WordPress and noticed that some of my old pictures are slow to load. I never had this problem when I had one of the free templates. I had to resize some of my latest photos because I was receiving complaints from my readers via email. Why is this happening, and how can I fix it so that photos from old posts load more quickly?

    The blog I need help with is francocignelli.com.

  2. Can you give us a specific example, with the direct link to both post and image?

  3. No problem, if you go to this page http://francocignelli.com/2012/01/ you will notice that the photos take a long time to load. The images are large, but since I bought the new blog template they are taking longer than usual to load.

  4. As far as images are concerned, loading time depends on a) number of images per page, b) file size, c) location.

    Re a:
    The page you linked to displays an extremely large number of images. You should limit the number of posts per page in Settings > Reading, and use the read-more tag to truncate the posts.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/splitting-content/more-tag/

    You weren't getting this problem when you were using Paperpunch, because Paperpunch doesn't display full posts on archive pages.

    Re b:
    Your images are impossibly large. For example, the one in your post "Te Amo" is 3456px wide, 5.2MB large (I have a fast connection yet it took more than half a minute to download). There's no point using 3456px wide images when your theme displays them at 620px maximum: loading time apart, you're simply wasting your storage space. Even if you want visitors to click and see a larger version (do you?), most users' screens are no wider than 1200px. For future posts at least, you should make copies of your images, use an image editing application to downsize them to the right width for the theme you're using, and upload and insert those copies. This will also give you better quality on the post, because image downsized by WP lose some color and sharpness - see here:
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2010/01/16/image-quality/

    Re c:
    Is http://peachplumorange.wordpress.com/ the same blog or is it a different one?

  5. Thank you, I figured out that the size of my images was part of the problem and started to resize the last couple of weeks worth of posts. My main problem was that this was not happening with paperpunch, but your reason makes sense. Regarding your last question, that is the same blog.

  6. Great thank you.

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