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When it comes to creating a quality website built using HTTP, you have a lot of small things to factor into the decision making. Many of these factors, though, might simply not be something you would first consider. For example, are you aware of just how much effort it takes for an HTML website to utilise an image? It means adding more and more HTML requests to the file that can simply create a backlog and a slowdown. If you would like to avoid such a situation, then you might wish to find ways to make your images work for, not against, you. For example, have you ever considered using our image to Base64 solution?
This has become one of our most useful tools for HTML developers who want to make images easier to load for their website. If you find that your website is going to have problems loading up in good time, then it might make sense to try and adjust images to be a more suitable size. The problem is that if you wish to do this, you need to convert the image file into what is known as a Base64 file. While not always the ideal solution, many times turning an image to Base64 can be just what you were required to do if you wish to improve performance.
So, the best way to do this is quite simple; invest some time into using our conversion tool above. Simply drop in the image that you wish to convert, and then hit the ‘Submit’ button. Our service will then quickly convert the image into a Base64 section that can be easily read and used by an HTML file.
This is very useful for making sure you can make website loading times improve without compromising quality.
What does base64 do?
So, the confusing thing about using base64 is that it actually makes your files larger, not smaller. Indeed, it can make them around 33% larger in some cases. This, though, is not always a bad thing. It means that more data is needed, yes, which could make slower networks and mobile connections, in particular, wait a little bit longer. However, it can do a great job of making sure that an image when uploaded does not lose its shape, its style, or its overall image quality.
It also can be very useful for those who are trying to make sure that an image can retain the same quality as was expected. It should be useful for those who are trying to find a way to get their images to turn out correctly, whilst ensuring that the size of the file does not balloon too much. While 33% might sound like a fair amount of bloating, it is actually a fair bit smaller than changing to a more quality-friendly image style might do.
It is also less likely to have an impact on website performance in the same way that using a larger image alone might have.
When should I convert an image to base64?
Most of the time, we recommend that you do this is you are having problems with smaller images and icons. If you find they tend to compress poorly and have low image quality, then turning them into a base64 file might help to avoid that problem down the line. It is great for making sure that the icons are not going to scale too much in size, thus not hurting website performance, whilst still making sure that the image can be converted quickly, simply, and very easily indeed.
For that reason, you should definitely look to use our tool to convert images to base64. It can make sure that things like icons are going to retain their crispness and their shape, all the while ensuring they never lose the image quality that you would have wanted. At the same time, though, it does not allow for a size-up of the image size to the point where it might make the loading of the icon image too slow for most users.
Overall, then, this can be the ideal solution if you care about the size of an image and want to try reduce the size without having a detrimental impact on website performance.