Blog Image Guide2021-07-09T12:41:35+01:00
Blog Image Guide

Introduction:

Making a blog on MiBlog is a really easy process, which allows you to build up your own profile and advertise your own content for free on our website. In return others can see up to date news from all over the web, bringing only the most wanted and high quality of blogs together in one place. We do have a strict standard but with this guide you’ll be able to adhere to our rules with ease and have your articles reach the top of our page. 

 

In this article you will learn what is acceptable as a featured image and how to get images to a 200KB standard with ease. 

 

 

 

1. Finding your image

The first thing, if you haven’t done so already is to find an image for your article. Our recommendation is to use Royalty free image websites such as Unsplash and Pexels. Generally these websites have several images for all types of blogs and articles, alternatively if you can’t find what you are looking for you can easily go to a google search and type in “Wallpaper” afterwards, which always brings up high quality images. We will go into some more detail about this now. 

 

A. Finding an image on a royalty free website. In this example we will use Unsplash and an article about iPhones. 

 

To begin with you will want to type in “iPhone”. This will bring up all types of images with the tag “iPhone” on the website and give you a large selection to choose from. 

 

Once you have found the image you want, click into it and in the top right hand corner, you will see a button which says “Download Free”.

 

Note: If you click the green “Download Free” button, you will download the image however, it will be in the top quality and a high resolution. At Miblog we love to have high quality images on articles but the higher quality the image, the higher the size of the image is and therefore we introduced a 200KB upload size. This was implemented for site performance.

 

 

To download the selected image but in the right size we will need to download a version of the image which is a lower resolution. For example, by click the green “download Free” button, you will get a high quality image with a resolution of 6000×4000, with a size of 3MB. The image will look great but for MiBlog a 1920×1280 will normally be a suitable resolution and have a more suitable size of say 200KB.

 

To download the image at a lower resolution there are two methods of doing this. One method is through Unsplash and the other is through software, which we come onto later in this guide. For now, we will show the Unsplash method. 

 

If you click the arrow next to the “Download Free” button, you will be given an option to download the image at a lower quality. As per the image below, you will see there are multiple options, normally 1920 x 1280 will work and provide a high quality image. You may find that the image is still high in size, our step 2 will explain how to reduce the size further. 

 

B. As mentioned above, finding the right image is important and you may not wish to use copyright free images. The other alternative suggestion we can give you is to look up wallpapers. In this example we will use a video game, Overwatch. 

 

To find an image, go to your search engine and type “Overwatch Wallpaper” (you will need to replace “overwatch” with the article topic you are looking to post). Next go to images, and you will notice at the bottom of an image, it’ll show you the name of the website, which is normally a wallpaper website. These are great, as we can promote the artists work and use it to make our article look good. Once you find the wallpaper you like download it and we will show you next how to reduce the size. 

2. Reducing the Image Size – Option 1 

Now that you’ve found an image you like for the blog,  it’s time to make sure that you can upload it within our 200KB image policy. There are two methods in which you can reduce the size of your image, one is by uploading the image to third party software and turning it into a JPG image. JPG images are always smaller in size than a PNG image. The second option is to use an image compressor which will reduce the size and quality of the image. 

 

To begin with we will go over option 1, which is to use third party software to turn the image into a JPG image. For this method we are going to use Canva. This software is designed for graphic design but works really well for converting a nice image into an image which looks good but has a smaller size. You may find that after doing this you will want to combine this method with the below to have a smaller image. 

Go to Canva and make an account / sign in with your google account. Next, click the “Create a design” button and go to “Custom Size”. Enter in the dimensions you want the image to be, with normally suggest either 2560 x 1440pixels or 1080×1280 Pixels.

 

You will now want to go to “elements” on the side panel and “grids”. This will allow you to upload an image and drag it into space. 

Finally, to download the image as a JPG, click on the download button to the right of the “share” button. You will then be able to change the file type to JPG and press “Download”. This will download a much smaller image to what you already have but you may find that it’s not 200KB or less in size yet. Therefore you will need to use option 2 and combine the two options. 

3. Reducing the Image Size – Option 2

As we mentioned above downloading an image using the above methods will reduce your image size but you may find that the image size is still too big. You can therefore use third-party software such as TinyPNG and highcompress. These two web based programs are designed to reduce the image size significantly.

Note: Please keep in mind, although we only accept images under 200kB you should generally try to make your image as higher quality as possible, therefore if you can compress an image lightly and make it under 200KB please do that over heavily compressing an image. 

By combining the above methods you will be able to keep your image sizes down and ensure that you get your articles posted. 

 

Tip: it’s worth noting that you can use both compressor software should your image still be a large size. 

 

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