Images plays vital role in blogging and that’s why we use lot many images on our blog. But at the same time images are the most bulky part of a post as well. If you want to serve your content on ASAP then you should optimize your images by removing unwanted information from them or by changing the image formats. Yahoo’s Smush.it is very much effective in image optimization, we had earlier discussed it in YSlow optimization technique. Now WordPress users can optimize the images on their media library i.e. server by using WP Smush.it plugin.WP Smush.it is a free wordpress plugin to optimize the existing images or new uploaded images. It has the capability to convert the image format from GIF to PNG or remove the unwanted information from JPEG. This way it can reduce the image size by huge amount. Here are some of the features of WP Smush.it,
- stripping meta data from JPEGs
- optimizing JPEG compression
- converting certain GIFs to indexed PNGs
- stripping the un-used colors from indexed images
Screenshot: WP Smush.it in Media Library
Here you can see the compression ratio of the uncompressed and compressed images. This way you can calculate the saving of your host account space and load time of the image. To compress an image, go to the “Media Library” section from your WordPress Dashboard left panel “Media” section. Now select the image and click on “Smush.it now” to compress the image to optimum value.
Please let us know your experience of using WP Smush.it on your blog.