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yellow1912

Ecommerce shop owners: oh don't mind the shitty images on my site, I do that for the climate. I can already see buyers flocking to that store to buy (or not).

I think your argument about speed fails flat when you distort the image quality so much it feels like the web 10 years ago. Perhaps for a hobby site maybe(in that case why not skipping the images as well, that will help the climate even better. Or perhaps just don't have website, turn off your computer to save electricity and go work out for better health?).

Now dithering may make sense with some trick. For example, one can display a low quality image, asking for users to click on it to see higher quality image only if they want. In that case, you can still shave off some bytes while meeting users' expectation.

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Nathaniel Author • Edited

I did write in the article that this wouldn't be applicable to say, a clothing store.

I mean, you're joking, but I actually bought pants from this shop just the other day: Organic Basics - The Low Impact Website. I only heard about it because of it being low impact. It only shows images on request, and the quality of the images varies based on the available renewable energy.

Climate is only part of the issue. It's not even the main issue mentioned.

Some, if not most images do not need to be large files. The key info they're conveying is the same at a lower quality. Some images obviously need to be high resolution in order to convey the necessary information.

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wick3dr0se

I'd suggest you don't ever touch Javacript so that you can "conserve resources". Like internet is fed by coal 🙉

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Nathaniel Author

The internet is fed by coal.

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wick3dr0se

No some electricity is. Internet directly is not. I've been in the telecommunications field since I was 16. It's definitely not. Go vegan and vote Biden while you're at it 😂

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wick3dr0se

I like how you think. A little bit of this aggressive feedback makes a good developer 🤔
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Nishchal Gautam

Did you read full article? He has specifically written its not for every site, and in example he's said not for e-commerce.

So many sites lower quality of hero image and put a translucent overlay on top of them, this is one place it'll absolutely help. Also if you have gallery and you want to display thumbnail it'll help.

Please don't jump to comment without going through all points.