A fast website is more durable and generally more effective at attracting more users who can find what they need quickly and easily. But, if images are not optimized properly, they can also lead to heavy load which can slow down page loading, responsiveness, etc.
According to Akamai, 47% of visitors expect a web page to load in less than two seconds. If a page takes more than 3 seconds to load, 40% of visitors will leave the website. Additionally, a one-second delay can result in a 7% drop in sales. Because:
How does lazy loading work
For example, if a visitor opens a webpage and immediately leaves it nothing beyond the top of a webpage is loaded.
Loading assets at runtime reduce the number of requests a page has to send to the server for the initial load. Allowing faster and minimal communication between the WordPress hosting server and the visitor in one go. one time.
Does media slow down websites?
Therefore, it is always suggested to optimize images before uploading them to a WordPress site. You can use WP Compress, ShortPixel, WP Smush It, etc. to reduce the image size.
Also, specify the dimensions of the image. Like if you had a 1000×1000 px image but scaled it to 100×100 px. The browser will load ten times more than it needs. Also, avoid complex file formats such as TIFF, BMP, etc., as browsers can load JPG, PNG, and GIF images quickly.