Are You Optimizing Image?
Optimizing images that you upload and insert in your site is important for a number of reasons. The main reason being nobody wants to wait for an image to download/load, plus some search engine take page load time into account when ranking a page/site.
When creating a new for your site, it’s recommended that you include a few images, a related image often helps people understand what the content is all about while scanning over a post/page.
So with that being said you’ll hopefully, understand why I always include images and why you should too. However, images that haven’t been optimized will reduce the load time. I personally use photoshop to edit and optimize images most of my images, but if you don’t have any tool to optimize image for your site the following tutorial and plugin is going to help.
Smush.It The Image Optimization Tool/Plugin
Youtube video link: How To Optimize Images in WordPress
I came across the smush.it plugin while search for methods on optimizing a wordpress database for my own site. At first I couldn’t see it helping much as I often optimize my images prior to uploading. But I was wrong, Smush.it managed to optimize images I thought had been optimized to the max.
How Does The Smush.it Plugin Work?
The plugin is pretty much straight forward in my opinion, but I’ll give you a rough idea.
Once the plugin is installed and activated you can forget about it and whenever you upload a new image, it will compress the image after the upload process has been completed, PLEASE NOTE as it optimizes the image after the upload is complete it may appear like the process has frozen on 100%, but give it 30 seconds or little longer for large images and it will complete. Plus not only does it optimize the original image but it will also optimize all different thumbnail size images.
Bulk Smush.It, you’ll notice a new option on your media menu called “Bulk Smush.It” this option will allow you to optimize all image in the media library. As seen in the video, I had around 300 images and the estimated time to complete would be 15 minutes.
Smush.It is also a free online app/site that you can use: http://www.smushit.com/ysmush.it/
I’ve only used the site once, the upload image feature works, but the submit URL option is hit and miss, well at least it was when I tried using it.
Compress Images Before Uploading
I’ve recently created another post and video covering how I compress all my images before uploading them to my blog, you can view the post here: How To Compress Images