WP Smush.it Plugin: Reduce Image Sizes for Faster Loading[This post is part of the WordPress Guide for Beginners – Step by Step Tutorials]
Images make blog posts more appealing, that’s why we always use images on blog posts (at least one). But sometimes they increase the page loading time which is bad for SEO and readers. Search Engine Bots hate slow loading page and in the terms of readers, they don’t have much time to wait for the images to load.
To minimize load time we have to optimize the image sizes before adding it to the post. We can do it by using many offline and online softwares. But the problem is it’s time consuming.
That’s why WP Smush.it plugins comes up.
What is WP Smush.it?
WP Smush.it is a WordPress Plugin that helps you to compress your existing or newly uploaded images without losing the quality. It has the ability to convert file from the GIF to PNG and deleting unnecessary data from images.
Here are some main features of WP Smush.it
- Stripping meta data from JPEGs.
- Optimizing JPEG compression.
- Converting certain GIFs to indexed PNGs
- Stripping the un-used colours from indexed images
How does it work?
The main task of the plugin is to compress the images and speed up your site. Every time when you upload to a new image, it will be automatically run through Smush.it. Then the size of the images will be reduced without sacrificing the quality. You won’t have to do anything else.
Now all you need to do is install the plugin and active it. [Quick Guide: Go to Plugins > Add New > Search for WP Smush.it >Install and Active]
Once you’ve activated the plugin you will get an option “Bulk Smush.it” under Media Section. To compress your existing images go to the Bulk Smush.it and click on ‘Run my all images through WP Smush.it right now’ . It will take several minutes to process the all images.
Warning: If you have a lot of images on your Media folder, then you should not run all images at a time. It will consume huge amounts of resources of your server and your site may go down.
Once the process is complete you can check how much bytes it saved from each images by visiting your Media gallery. Here is the screen shot of RoadToBlogging image gallery showing size reduction.
You can also re-smush an image if you feel that the image is heavy to load.
This plugin works great for me. So start using this plugin and make your site load faster. For a better site performance you can start using Free CloudFlare CDN.
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