Last Updated: December 13, 2014

WP Smush.it Plugin – Optimize Images To Speed Up WordPress Blog

You are already optimizing your WordPress blog to reduce page load time, right? But I bet many of you aren’t optimizing images!

And if I’m right, continue reading…

In this post you’ll get to know how to optimize images to speed up WordPress blog, without loosing image quality.

While there are many ways you can do this, the best I came across is WP Smush.it Plugin.

Why Install WP Smush.it plugin?

Images speaks more than hundred words, right?

They make your content more engaging and interactive. But unfortunately, many bloggers forget that the size of an image can dramatically make your blog load slow.

If your blog takes more than 5 sec to load than you are at high risk to increase bounce rate of your blog. Which is absolutely not good for your blog.

How To Install WP Smush.it Plugin?

Installing this plugin on your WordPress blog is very easy. Simply upload the plugin to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory manually or use the Add New Plugin option in WordPress dashboard and activate it through the plugin menu.

And You’re Done!

How To Optimize Images with WP Smush.it?

After you have successfully installed and activated the plugin, you don’t need to do anything else. The next time you upload an image in your media library the plugin will automatically optimize it on the fly, without loosing quality of the image.

Now you must be thinking, how to optimize your previously uploaded images.

Don’t worry! You can do this through Media Library in WordPress dashboard. See the image below to get a clear idea.

Optimize images to speed up wordpress

Bulk Image Optimization

Manually optimizing every single image through Media Library can be time consuming, especially, if you have hundreds of images uploaded ( if not thousands).

This where the bulk image optimization can help you save your precious time. Simply go to Media Library > Bulk Smush.it and click the button which says “Run all my images through WP Smush.it right now”.

Bulk Smush.it WordPress images

Now here keep that in mind that it can take some time to processes all images if they have never been Smushed before.

Over to you.

Tell me how do you optimize images to speed up your WordPress blog?

3 Comments

  1. Shameem says:

    Yes Tesur this is really nice plugin to use for optimizing recently i have used for my blog its reduce my loading time

  2. It is a great plugin. But everytime I use it on my blog, it crashes my blog :(

    • Are you using Bulk Smush.it option? Then stop doing that if you have lots of images in your library, instead go to Media > Library. Here at the top-right of the screen click “Screen Options” tabs then set the number of media items to show to 50 or something higher than the default 20. After that the page will reload now click the check-box to select all the images and then choose the option “Bulk Smush.it” from the drop-down menu above the table and click the Apply button next to it.

      Do this until all your images are optimized, and don’t forget that this plugin doesn’t optimize your images automatically if you’re using cache plugin like WP Super Cache or W3 Total Cache. Hope this will help you!

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