Searching for the best image optimization plugins or tools to speed up your WordPress site’s images?
By now, you probably know the importance of website loading times and page speed. The internet has been abuzz with news about how loading times impact your bottom line and Google has been pretty clear about favoring fast loading websites and blogs.
While there are many ways to optimize the speed of your website, one of the first places you should look to make improvements are the images you use.
To help you with optimizing your images, in this post we’ll take a look at seven best image optimization tools and compare their results with real testing.
We’ll start by sharing details for each image optimization tool along with its individual performance.
At the end of the post, we’ll put everything together into a few different comparison tables so that you can easily see how the different tools and plugins stack up.
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Seven Best WordPress Image Optimization Plugins and Tools: Individual Details and Performance
Below, we’ll share details for the seven best WordPress image optimization tools and plugins.
Beyond sharing basic features and pricing information, we also tested each plugin on this list by seeing how well it was able to optimize the same two test images using both lossless and lossy compression:
Both images are 1280 px wide and we’re sharing data for the full size image (rather than one of the smaller thumbnail sizes that WordPress automatically generates).
We also did not convert them to WebP, which is a feature that a lot of image optimization tools offer. Instead, we kept them in their original image formats.
Of course, beyond the file size savings themselves, you also might be concerned with the quality of the compressed images.
To my eye, all of these tools resulted in more or less the same image quality, so I don’t think it needs to play a role in your decision:
- For lossless compression, there was no difference in quality (which is the definition of lossless).
- For lossy compression, there was a small reduction in quality, but it was very difficult to notice and I didn’t see any noticeably different results between the different tools in terms of image quality.
1. EWWW Image Optimizer
When you install and activate EWWW Image Optimizer, it will automatically optimize any images that you upload to your website. It can optimize JPGs, PNGs, GIFs, and PDFs and it also allows you to go through your existing media library and optimize already uploaded images. The plugin can also convert images to the best format if you decide to enable this option in the plugin settings.
One of the benefits of EWWW Image Optimizer is that it allows you to optimize images using their specialized servers to provide
This article was written by Colin Newcomer and originally published on WPKube.