There are many factors that determine how fast your website will load.
Amazing looking images will make your website look…well…amazing.
But the more images you have, and the larger those images file sizes are, the longer it will take to load your site.
That’s where image compression comes in (read more about image compression). Image compression takes your images, and reduces their file size, while barely altering them visually. Most of the time, it’s imperceptible.
For WordPress, one of the easiest options for image compression was to use a plugin called WP Smush.it. It tied into Yahoo’s Smush.it API and automatically compressed images on your WordPress website.
Nice, simple, and easy.
But Then Yahoo Killed Smush.it and The WP Smush.it Plugin Stopped Working
And because of that, the WP Smush.it Plugin stopped working.
But lucky for us, while Yahoo maintained the Smush.it service, it was no longer maintaining the WP Smush.it plugin.
Instead, the folks at WPMU DEV have been maintaining the plugin since they adopted it from Yahoo in 2013.
They had even created their own premium image optimization service that ran in parallel to Yahoo’s Smush.it.
So when Yahoo killed Smush.it, WPMU DEV didn’t abandon the plugin.
WPMU DEV Redesigned And Revived WP Smush.it As…WP Smush
WPMU DEV has made WP Smush.it even better than it was before…with the new name WP Smush.
The new plugin now:
- automatically smushes images up to 1mb
- works for HTTPS sites
- batch smush your media library in batches of 50 attachments
But they didn’t stop there.
There’s a WP Smush Pro For Those Who Need Even More Power
As listed on the WordPress.org repository, the WP Smush Pro plugin provides:
- “Super-Smush” your images with our intelligent multi-pass lossy compression. Get over 2x more compression than lossless with almost no noticeable quality loss!
- Get even better lossless compression. We try multiple methods to squeeze every last byte out of your images.
- Smush images up to 8MB (WP Smush is limited to 1MB)
- Bulk smush ALL your images with one click! No more rate limiting.
- Keep a backup of your original un-smushed images in case you want to restore later.
And this comes at a price tag of $19 per month.
Want To Get Started Compressing Images And Speeding Up Your Website?
You can start out with the free WP Smush plugin: Download WP Smush from WordPress.org
Or, you can learn more about WP Smush Pro: Click Here For More Details at WPMUDEV.org