No one in this world likes slow websites, and if your website is itself is the victim then, it will definitely affect your income as well as ranking. Google, as we all know, is also insane with cutting down-load time speed, since this feature has become an integral part of its search result ranking system. A fully optimized website improves visitor experience and also turns well in between several SEO strategies. The purpose is to gain massive popularity and profitability for your particular site.
One great way of cutting down your website’s page load time is to decrease the size of the image files on your web pages. Balancing your website’s image sizes and maintaining quality may be a tough task to achieve. Hence, In this post, I am going to tell you how you can speed up your WordPress website with the help of the best optimization plugins without risking the quality of your images.
5 Best Free Image Optimization Tools for Image Compression
(without losing image quality)
Tiny PNG is always mine image optimization tool of choice. Despite the name, Tiny PNG does support compression of both .jpeg as well as .png image files.
You can also upload bulk images with drag and drop option (up to 20 at a time, 5 MB maximum each). Each & every image can be downloaded straight to your computer or saved to an any of your online accounts.
Results: 650 KB to 235 KB (minus 64%)
Let’s move further in this list with WP Smush, which is the easiest and quickest, much user-friendly & best-performing image compression plugin for WordPress websites.
WP Smush lets you compress JPEG, GIF and PNG images up to 30MB individually as well as bulk images using our dedicated smushing servers.
The plugin work by stripping metadata from JPEG files, optimizing JPEG compression, converting certain GIFs to indexed PNGs and removing the unused colors from already indexed images.
By WP Smush, you can also set up automated smushing, so all of your new images will be automatically compressed when uploaded to your website. WP Smush is also compatible with NextGEN Gallery and WP Retina 2x for high-quality image display with the smallest possible file size.
You can transport compressed images using Google Drive or Dropbox. Compressor.io supports the compression of 4 image formats:
You will surely want to bookmark this picture optimizer tool for future use.
ShortPixel plugin is simple to use which comes with a simple interface and many useful features & functions. You have to subscribe to the ShortPixel to get the API Key so that the plugin will work smoothly.
When you subscribe, you will receive 100 free credits/month. While it is not enough as those offered by TinyPNG they should be sufficient for the average WordPress blogger. The best part of this plugin is that it only counts the images they succeeded optimizing by at least 5%. Otherwise, no credits are charged.
EWWW Image Optimizer
After you install and set up EWWW Image Optimizer, it will automatically optimize images uploaded by you as long as they’re in the format of JPG, PNG, or GIF files. It also includes a feature to optimize your overall media list, in case you already have lots of images on your website.
The only disadvantage of EWWW Image Optimizer is that the optimization process will take place on your own servers by default, instead of redirecting to a third party server. It means your optimization tasks will need less time, which can come in handy when grabbing large media files since regular-sized files should be less than 1mb as it takes at least few seconds.
While optimizing your images won’t make your website load in milliseconds, it’s one of those things that you should take into consideration. Even if the resources you save are not valuable to you as far as bandwidth goes (manage it, bandwidth is much cheaper than you think), visitors with the slow internet connections will definitely be making use of it. I hope this post about 5 Best Free Image Optimization Tools for Image Compression will make your website a bit faster and also help in setting up your blogs featured image.