Saving Images for the Web

You want to spend your precious time writing books, not dealing with technical thingymajigs such as saving images for the Web.

I get it.
Your website images aren’t high on your priority list.

But here’s why they’re important

  1. Speed. Images saved for the Web keep your site running fast. You won’t waste your readers’ precious time (so they may actually stick around and buy your books!).
  2. Cost Savings. Your hosting account has a space limit (especially inexpensive shared hosting plans). The larger your images, the sooner you’ll reach your limit and have to upgrade. Don’t spend more on hosting than you have to (and spend your money on good editors/cover designers or ads instead).
  3. Efficiency. With smaller images, your backups will be easier to manage/store.

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WordPress.com versus WordPress.org

There are two kinds of WordPress sites, and depending which kind you have, your features (and ability to do certain things) will differ.

The most obvious way to determine which version you have (if you don’t already know) is to login and then look at the interface for your pages. (See image above.) But if you’ve connected your self-hosted site to WordPress.com (in order to use JetPack or some other plugin), then the interface may be misleading. At the end of the day, you should know if you’re paying for hosting somewhere or not.

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