Enjoy the fastest ever image processing times with the latest version of Smush. Spend less time waiting for your images to be optimized with up to 3x more processing speed.
Just when you thought the most popular WordPress image optimizer (currently boasting a 5-star rating and over a million+ active installs) couldn’t get any better… Smush takes it to the next level with version 3.11.
In this article find out just how much time you can save optimizing images with 3x processing speed and see how Smush stacks up against its toughest competitors.
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You’ll realize how much time you can save and why this award-winning plugin is breaking speed records for image optimization.
Let’s get to it!
What’s New In The Latest Version Of Smush
Our hard-working developers are constantly improving Smush. Here’s what’s included in our newest Smush version.
Parallel Processing Speed
As mentioned in the introduction, the processing speed is now better than ever.
Multiple images are processed in parallel, which makes lightning-fast processing speed a reality for your image files.
Before, images were sent to Smush’s API and were processed one at a time. Now, multiple thumbnails (and originals — if enabled) are processed in parallel for multifold improvement in processing speed.
This saves you tons of time. There are no more waiting long periods for images to be processed.
Recovers Gracefully from API Side Issues
Since Smush makes calls to an external service through HTTP requests, there are always possibilities of things failing randomly (e.g. temporary network issue).
We now have a Retry Mechanism that helps recover from any issues without having to show any errors. That means less time you’ll be dealing with failed optimized images.
Before, if a temporary network issue caused the Smush request for one of the image sizes to fail, it also treated all the other sizes as failures.
Now, in Bulk Smush, it’s no longer a problem. With the retry mechanism in place, it prevents all images from failing if there are issues with only one.
With that being said, let’s take a look at…
Smush vs Other Image Optimization Plugins
We wanted to see how Smush’s speed stacked against a couple of the other most popular optimization plugins. So, we decided to give it a go with speed tests.
As you’ll see — testing is easy to implement. We simply set up a few websites, added some images, installed a plugin to each site, and optimized images.
This can all be done for free, and it’s highly recommended that YOU try it out for yourself. We’d love to hear what results you were able to achieve.
Here’s a breakdown of what we did…
Setting Up Testing
To get started, we set up a WordPress site and created a template so that the site was duplicated. We did this instantly with the help of InstaWP.
InstaWP allows you to set up WordPress sites and templates – at no cost. It streamlines the testing process creating a new site with just a few clicks.
Once the admin of the new WordPress site was created, we added images to the site for free with the Instant Image plugin.
With the Instant Image plugin, you can quickly add images to your site with one click. We went through and added 60 images for testing.
The plugin adds them immediately to your media library.
Since we have the site set up, we want to head back to InstaWP and Save Template to duplicate the site we just created.
We’ll create two more websites based on our original site with 60 images. Why? Because we’ll be testing two other plugins, along with Smush.
The plugins we’re testing are:
We’re using the FREE version of each plugin. There are no upgrades or anything else involved.
Finally, we’ll upload one plugin to each site (e.g. Smush to one, Imagify to another, etc.).
And that’s it! We’re ready for testing.
Oh, well…one more thing. Get a stopwatch ready. We’re going to time each one and see how they match up.
It’s a plugin image compression speed test. Ready…set…GO!
Imagify Speed Test
We’ll kick things off with Imagify. Imagify is a popular image optimization plugin with a 4.5-star rating and over 600K active installs.
We installed Imagify, started our timer, and implemented bulk optimization.
As the percentage of optimized images kept increasing, all was going well. But then…uh-oh…
The optimization ground to a halt midway (not even midway) through. The free version didn’t have enough credits to optimize my 60 images. It only was able to get to 45% of them.
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The result was it took 11:08 to optimize 45% of the images.
ShortPixel Speed Test
With a 4.5-start rating and over 300K active installs, ShortPixel is up there in the ranks as a well-known image optimization plugin option.
ShortPixel has a 4-step process. It begins with the images you want to optimize, a summary, the progress, and results.
This test has our 60 images ready to be optimized.
Once the optimization started, it abruptly ended.
Like Imagify, the lack of credits had us hanging, and the optimization process didn’t complete all the work. In fact, it only processed 18 images.
The race to the finish line wasn’t completed with ShortPixel’s free version. The result was it took 2:28 to optimize 18 images.
Smush Speed Test
We decided to save the best for last. After all, Smush has a lot of advantages — beyond just the speed factor.
For example, there are no credits to buy once you hit an optimization limit. Nope. The free version of Smush will pause at 50 images; however, just click resume, and it starts right back up. That’s not the case with most other image optimization plugins.
So, let’s start at the beginning. We have our 60 images – the same as the other example. And they require compression.
Clicking Bulk Smush gets us moving…
When Smush hits 50 images, as I mentioned, it pauses. With a click of a button, it starts immediately back up again, so there was no point in stopping the timer.
When it’s done, it’ll show you the results. This includes a number of images optimized in the media library and your savings.
The result was it took 1:38 to optimize 60 images.
As you can see, the outcomes were across the board. Some didn’t even make it through the finish line, while a few came out on top. Here are the final results:
1st Place: Smush 1:38 🎉
2nd Place: ShortPixel 2:28 (didn’t finish)
3rd Place: Imagify 11:08 (didn’t finish)
Of course, other variables can determine the speed of image optimization. That includes good hosting, strong internet connection, image sizes, and other possible factors.
This speed test was simply created to demonstrate where Smush is at today, and the hope is that you’ll give it a test run yourself against your current image optimization plugin.
Results may vary, but you’ll see that speed is on Smush’s side with speed and other functions – no matter your situation.
Quickly Optimize Images with Smush
As you can see, with up to 3x faster processing, Smush can save time and optimize your images quickly so you can spend time focusing on your WordPress business instead.
Don’t take my word for it when it comes to a speed test. As I mentioned, try your favorite image optimization plugin and see how it compares.
Plus, our developers have some more exciting goodies for Smush coming soon (e.g. background optimization and removal of the 50 images limit before pausing), so stay tuned…
For more on Smush, be sure to look at our How to Get the Most Out of Smush Article.
And if you do a speed test yourself, does Smush complete the race quicker? Take a pit stop and tell us how your results turned out in the comments!
New to Smush?
You can install Smush completely free on the WP.org directory, or sign up for the free WPMU DEV plan, which includes Smush, plus a whole suite of WP plugins and site management tools.
Keep reading the article at WPMU DEV Blog. The article was originally written by N. Fakes on 2022-08-25 01:04:15.
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