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    I've been debating what size images I should use on my ecommerce site. Don't want to slow my site down. Last few images I did were made to be 5x5" at 72 pixel/inch. Most of them would be 8-10kb after I saved for web. They seem to look fine to me. Is this a good size to use? Some of the older images on my site range more from like 20-50kb. I am having trouble searching for some kind of standard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brain357 View Post
    I've been debating what size images I should use on my ecommerce site. Don't want to slow my site down. Last few images I did were made to be 5x5" at 72 pixel/inch. Most of them would be 8-10kb after I saved for web. They seem to look fine to me. Is this a good size to use? Some of the older images on my site range more from like 20-50kb. I am having trouble searching for some kind of standard.
    There is no single answer. It depends on the design and layout of your site. Do what's appropriate for the design and ease of use for ALL visitors.
    If you're worried about load times there are plenty of online image compression tools, or if using WordPress, Jetpack has an image compression plug in, and there's also EWWW Image Optimizer. Don't size your images based on that. Size them based on what looks good, and compress them.

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    Like Harold said, there's no single answer. The size you stated works out to be 360x360 (inches are not used for a web site, only pixel size). This is a good size in many cases and is large enough to show decent detail. Without knowing what you're selling, it's hard to know if that's big enough though. If an enlarged view will help create more sales, you can use a "lightbox" that opens a larger image when the smaller one is clicked. This keeps your page load time reasonable because the larger image doesn't load until it is clicked.
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    I would agree, your design probably dictates the size. Too large and you take up important real estate, too small and picture loses its meaning. Play around and figure out what works for you.
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    In addition to what the others have said you'll probably need a variety of sizes for different areas of the site. The 360x360 images might work for listing pages but (depending on what you're selling) you'll need much larger images for any zoom functionality that might be required. Site's I've worked on in the past usually have additional zoomable images cropped at 1200x1200.

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    You can also use web suitable compression ratios that can help decrease the file size and still look great on the web.
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