Images can be considered one of the components that account for the largest proportion of a website’s total size (page-size). The images that are not well optimized will consume your precious bandwidth, slow down the web loading speed, and reduce the user experience. How to optimize images on your WordPress blog/website? In this article, we will introduce to you the 7 Best Image Compression Plugin WordPress that help reduce image size (without compromising on quality), speed up web loading and improve SEO quickly. Take a moment to find out.
With more than 600,000 active sites, EWWW Image Optimizer (EIO) is the best free image compression plugin today. The only free image compression plugin that supports WebP format, recommended by WP Basic. The free EIO has very good image compression performance, however it requires your host to open exec () in PHP. If the host does not open exec (), you will have to buy a paid API with a relatively expensive price ($ 9 for 3000 images), but the compression performance is nothing superior to the free version. Therefore, instead of buying EIO’s paid API, you should buy paid packages of ShortPixel plugin. Detailed instructions on how to use the plugin can be found in the reference link at the beginning of the article. EIO supports compressing JPG, PNG, GIF and PDF files.
Are you looking for a cheap, good quality image compression plugin? ShortPixel Image Optimizer is the answer for you. ShortPixel can be seen as the perfect alternative to EWWW Image Optimizer if your host does not open exec (). See detailed instructions on how to use ShortPixel in the reference link at the beginning of the article. Sign up for a ShortPixel account to get 200 free pictures per month, instead of 100 as default. ShortPixel’s paid image compression plans are also very cheap, starting at just $ 5 for 5,000 photos. This plugin supports compression of JPG, PNG, GIF and PDF file formats.
One more solution to replace EIO in case your host does not open exec (). Optimus, developed by KeyCDN, is the only image compression service that supports both WebP and Progressive JPEG. With the free package, you can only compress images under 100KB in size, do not support creating WebP format. Premium plan starts at $ 29 / year, supports JPG, PNG images up to 10MB in size, unlimited number of pictures compressed.
Smush Image Compression and Optimization (WP Smush or WP Smush.It) developed by WPMUDEV, is one of the oldest image compression plugins (JPG, PNG, GIF) WordPress.org with over 1 million active sites. However, I do not appreciate the image compression performance of WP Smush (even with a paid plan that is not cheap) when compared to EIO, ShortPixel and Optimus. Unfortunately, it has not yet supported WebP support so far.
Compress JPEG & PNG images is a free image compression plugin using TinyPNG and TinyJPG service. However, its free plan allows you to compress up to 500 images per month only. If there is a larger demand, you will have to pay the fee. Like WP Smush, this plugin does not support creating WebP image formats.
Unlike the above image compression plugins, Kraken calculates the amount you have to pay based on the size of the images you compress each month, starting at $ 5 / month for 500MB of photos. Kraken is advertised as trusted by large enterprises such as Microsoft, Tesla, Dell, Nvidia … However, its features are nothing outstanding, the compression performance (JPG, PNG, GIF) is not. What is superior to other plugins. Kraken gives you 100MB for free to test the service.
If you are using the WP Rocket plugin to optimize your blog/website’s load speed, you must have seen the Imagify plugin once because WP Media develops both products. Imagify has three different compression levels: Normal, Aggressive and Ultra, which correspond to lossless compression (no loss of image quality) and lossy (loss of image quality). Like Kraken, Imagify charges a fee based on the compressed image’s size (starting at $ 6 for 500MB). They also give you 25MB for free to test the service. Imagify supports compression of JPG, PNG, and GIF images.
Which of the 7 above image compression plugins are you using to optimize your blog/website images? In your opinion, which is the best image compression plugin? Please share your opinion with us using the comment box below.