Saving money for your website

The problem with faster and faster Internet connections is that people have come to expect more and more images, audio and videos on websites and it has got to the point in which we webmasters have to spend more and more money on bandwidth!

While this is to be expected, it is quite a sad fact that these new content such as audio, videos etc do not bring in much of an income so I am here today to give YOU some of the best tips in keeping your bandwidth down.

Images

Images are one of the main reasons for such high bandwidth usage. So what we do is make images smaller and compress them and the user experience does not change. Below is a normal-sized image and to the side is another image showing the image using my tips.

As you can see from the three images above, the image on the left is ideally the one we would love to publish. However, due to bandwidth issues, we have to go to the second image. As you can see the second image still is just too large to keep our bandwidth usage low so we go onto the last image.

The last image is just perfect as not only does it lower our bandwidth usage but it makes your user have to look so closely at the screen and thus maybe more likely to look at the ads you have on the website. It is a win-win for us both. That is not all we can do with images.

We can make them black and white or make the images load up on a new page with a lot of pop-up ads. Your users would love the fact they can see a slightly bigger image with millions of pop-up ads telling them their penis is not big enough, credit cards with NO credit check or some Nigerian businessman died and his lawyer needs to send YOU money for no reason but all you have to do is pay a little bit upfront.

No, they will thank you SO much I even got a reply from a member of Tweaked for your Pleasure who trialled this idea out and here is what he had to say!

Dear Snat,

I was trying to view an image on your website called “The largest lol in the world” and of course I clicked the image which took me to a page which kept giving me so much useful information in pop ups so I did not even have to click !

I first got told about a wonderful credit card offer and in this day and age, I took it in second and then noticed that somehow my long lost friend who lived is a Nigerian for some reason wanted to send me money so I used the credit card. Although it took a few days, he replied back saying the money never got to him so I kept trying.

However it then told me my penis was so small and thanks to your website I never noticed that before. So I got some pills and now I am in hospital because my wife saw me cheating on her.

Thanks Snat!!!

– Mr John Doe

So remember to make those images smaller, you will be doing EVERYONE a favour.

Videos

Everyone loves videos and would like to add them to our websites but with bandwidth prices so high the next best thing is to off load them else where but remember these tips.

The first is to make sure the video is as small as possible. So while we can offer HD videos, we best stick to 120×60 so that the videos are tiny enough to save the video provider bandwidth. This size is perfectly fine as when in full screen you will not be able to tell the difference to HD.

Now when it comes to video providers, think very carefully. YouTube while it is good will use a lot of bandwidth so use one of those China video providers with shit loads of porn ads and mega slow upload as your members will thank you while they are waiting to watch this video at work.

So those are the two tips I have for you today so come back later and I may post more depending on my bandwidth usage.

Farewell

Reference

Image: Francesco Marino / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Need to reference?

Ellis, M. (2010). Saving money for your website. [online] Snat's Narratives & Tales. Available at: https://snat.co.uk/rants/saving-money-for-your-website.html [Accessed 25 May 2024].

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