Speed Up Your WordPress Blog With 10 Best Image Optimization Plugins
WordPress is the largest self – blogging platform in the world, used by many users. Images are an excellent way of how to improve the WordPress blog post quality. There are two kinds of websites in the web, one is Dynamic and other is Static websites.
Dynamic is vast in structure and also require more server resources while on the other hand, static sites are fast in nature, as all the coding work to display a complete web page has to ready and send to servers to display it directly to its visitors. But static is always complex to update regularly as all it has is coding only. You have to do all coding work just to display a small part of the content into your web page. An example of Static is HTML and Dynamic is WordPress.
In WordPress web posts images are important to add for better SEO. Images occupy a big amount of file space and also can make your web pages load slowly. But there are plugins that can reduce the file size and compress them without having an effect on their quality. Some of the 10 best optimization plugins that will speed up your WordPress blog are listed below:
1. WP Smush
It Carefully scans every image you upload or have already added to your site. WP Smush removes all the unnecessary data and scales it before adding it to the media library. WP Smush is easy to use and do the job spontaneously.
Some of the features that are available in WP Smush plugin are:
- Optimizing the images using advanced compression techniques.
- Setting maximum width, height, and big images will scale automatically before being added to the media library.
- Manually Smush your attachments separately in the media library, or in majority 50 attachments at a time.
Kraken is an image optimization service benefits users to compress and optimize their images to save on bandwidth and reduce site load times. The maximum file limit is 32 MB.
Even when using Kraken.io’s lossy optimization, the system goes the extra mile to make sure that the results are of high quality, every time. Kraken users can improve a small number of images free of cost for utilizing the web interface.
Some of the features of Kraken image optimizer are:
- 100 MB of a quote that is free of testing.
- Web Interface Pro with plenty ready to use libraries and modules.
ShortPixel is an image compression tool that will benefit you to increase the loading speed of your site by optimizing the images without having an effect on the quality of the images.
Short Pixel Image Optimizer makes the website load quicker by resizing, and after that compressing the images. Short Pixel free and paid plans provide the same features and deliver the same optimization quality.
Imsanity inevitably resizes vast image uploads down to a size that is more practical for showing in browser, yet still more than great enough for utilizing a typical website. The plugin is configurable with max width, height and quality.
When a contributor uploads an image that is greater than the constructed size thus Imsanity will inevitably scale it down to the constructed size and exchange the original image. It will be the best choice for you if your blog has too many of contributors uploading multiple images in every blog post.
This plugin is ideally for blogs that do not need hi-resolution original images to be kept.
EWWW Image Optimizer is a constructive plugin that will inevitably make the best use of the images as you upload them to your blog. This plugin will not decline the quality of the site but it will hurry up the site by optimizing the images to the maximum possible extent.
By using EWWW Image Optimizer the pages will load faster, therefore, making the visitors happy and growing revenue.
One of the best features you will get with this plugin is that it also allow you to convert image format just by clicking JPG to PNG and PNG to JPG.
SEO Friendly Images is a WordPress SEO plugin that updates automatically all the images that have correct alt and title attributes for SEO purposes. In case the images don’t have ALT and TITLE already fixed, Search Engine Optimization Friendly Images will add them according to the choices you set. In addition, this makes the post W3C/HTML valid as well.
ALT attribute is the significant part of search engine optimization. It defines your images to search engine and when a user looks for a certain image this is a key determining factor for a match.
Optimus is not difficult to set up. Optimus can make much smaller image files that load even faster than normal baseline JPEGs.
The Optimus plugin can optimize the images up to 70 percent that will make the site quicker. As you upload the images on the site the Optimus plugin will send those to the Optimus server at the same time and send you the optimized version.
The plugin will inevitably process the images as they are uploaded. It has an interface that makes optimizing images from the WordPress Dashboard easy.
Compress JPG & PNG Images is the official WordPress plugin Tiny PNG which will benefit the users to compress JPEG and PNG images and prompt the site.
The plugin automatically optimizes your images by incorporating it with the prevalent image services like TinyJPG and TinyPNG.
Some of the features of the compress JPEG and PNG are:
- Automatically optimize new images on download.
- Optimize individual images already in your media library.
- See your usage from the media settings.
Imagify Image Optimizer is the most progressive tool that is utilized immediately in WordPress. After supporting it all the images consisting of the thumbnails and retina images will be inevitably made the best of when users will join in WordPress.
Imagify can be utilized for free 25 MB of images every month and you will get a 25 MB bonus after registration.
The plugin also offers a backup option so you can restore your images to better quality Imagify also supports you to optimize earlier uploaded images on your site after installation.
Media File Renamer is a WordPress that physically renames media files nicely for a cleaner system and for a better SEO. When files are renamed, the references to it are also updated. Media File Renamer allows users to edit the title of any object in the WordPress library. The plugin also identifies when there is a problem with a file name. The plugin can also change the title for you inevitably, and bulk rename files based on red flags that it identifies.
Test Results for Inlisted Plugins:
In the above part of this article, we have already discussed briefly all top ranked plugins shortlisted. And just to let you know all of them are shortlisted on the basis of user rating, reviews part, features, trending, and performances. In the listed plugins above you may came to know a little bit about their cons and pros till now. But the important part still needs to confirm. That is how well they can perform while doing their job in reality. So we are going to test optimization of all the plugins and will see which can deliver truly impressive results at the end. This test results will include two most common image file formats JPG and PNG.
|Plugins||Original File Size||After Optimized ||Compression Method|
|WP Smush||547 kb||487 kb||Lossless
|Kraken Image Optimizer||547 kb||453.09 kb||Lossy
|Short Pixel Image Optimizer||547 kb||173 kb||Lossy
|Imsanity||547 kb||Configurable width, size and quality||NA
|EWWW Image Optimizer||547 kb||494.67 kb||Lossy
|Compress JPG and PNG Images||547 kb||168.6 kb||Lossy
|Optimus||547 kb||174 kb||Lossless|
|SEO Friendly Images||547 kb||NA||NA
|Imagify Image Optimizer||547 kb||228.57 kb||Lossy
|Media File Renamer||547 kb||NA||NA
After testing all plugins here is all results are listed. Skip all lossless results method and consider only lossy. In JPG Image testing we have two good competitors Short Pixel and Compress JPG and PNG. Now let’s move to PNG test results and compare.
|Plugins||Original File Size||After Optimized ||Compression Method
|WP Smush||911 kb||NA||NA
|Kraken Image Optimizer||911 kb||729.53 kb||Lossy
|Short Pixel Image Optimizer||911 kb||316 kb||Lossy
|Imsanity||911 kb||Configurable width, size and quality||NA|
|EWWW Image Optimizer||911 kb||898.29 kb||Lossy
|Compress JPG and PNG Images||911 kb||294.7 kb||Lossy
|Optimus||911 kb||911 kb||Lossless
|SEO Friendly Images||911 kb||NA||NA
|Imagify Image Optimizer||911 kb||328.19 kb||Lossy
|Media File Renamer||911 kb||NA||NA
Here under PNG test results we can see again Short Pixel and Compress JPG and PNG are doing well and giving good competition against each other. But if we have to announce a winner for this test and for JPG test, then the winner will be Compress JPG and PNG Images Plugin according to our test results.
But our test result’s runner-up ShortPixel is also should not be skipped. At last, I also want to let you know this test results may vary during different images quality. As both were showing competitive results numbers it could be flipped in with some other images with different quality. So for me, both are the winner.