Best Image Compression Plugins for WordPress Websites – Load Fast

Best Image Compression Plugins for WordPress Websites – Load Fast

Image compression plugins are the necessity of a Image rich website. Several such plugins are available but you must choose the most effective Image Compression WordPress plugins. 

Images are a very important art of any type of Website be it a Blog, Business Website, Online Store etc. Images helps in describing the topics pictorially and also add to the beauty of the website. But at the same time being lethargic in use of the images can be suicidal for your website. Image which are heavy in weight in hundreds of kbs can hamper the performance of your website by increasing the loading time.  Also you may be using a larger image to fill space of a smaller image like thumbnail and thus creating a load unnecessarily.

To solve these issues you need to make use of Image compression and resizing techniques. Though resizing can be done quite easily by using general Image processing tools like MS Paint, Photoshop and Corel Draw but Image compression is a complex task. Also if could be a way to get resizing and compression done together, would be great. A number of Online tools like Tinypng.com does this for you, but to take every image to this tool and process it and then bring it back to your website will be a really cumbersome task.

Also a big concern is that the compression process shouldn’t reduce the quality of the image as in todays world look and feel of the website is very important and low quaity image can be disastrous. The image compression process should work in such a way that it compresses the image effectively without any significant change in the quality of the image.

WordPress offers a number of plugins which offers these functionalities just out of the box. You install any of these plugins and they will take care of the rest.

Some of the best Image compression plugins for WordPress are listed below :

1. Compress JPEG and PNG images –

This plugin comes directly from tinypng.com, which is a very popular and well established image comression online tool. It can compress images very effectively without any significant loss in quality of the image. It also gives options to create duplicates of the given image in different sizes so they can be used where a smaller size of image is required like thumbnails. It is available as a free plugin to compress upto 500 images (including different sizes) per month, for more images you need to pay a very small amount per additional image.

image compression plugin for WordPress by Tinypng

Author – Tiny PNG

Rating – 4.3 / 5

Installations – 100,000 +

Subscription Type – Plugin is free upto 500 compressions / month. For additional compression as small amount is to be paid.

How to install & Use – You can install this plugin Compress JPEG and PNG images from your WordPress website’s admin panel by searchig for it and then click in install and activate. Once you install it, you will need an API key to make it work. Goto tinypgn.com website and create your account there. Once you create your account you will be able to see an API key which you have insert in the setting section of your plugin in your WordPress admin panel. Now you are ready to go. Till 500 image compressions per month you will not be charged. If you are doing more compressions / month you will need o enter you card details and it will charge you accordingly on monthly basis.

Main Features –  Major features of this immensely talented Compress JPEG and PNG images plugin are :

  • It can compress the images while you are uploading them by upto 90% in some cases.
  • You can use its bulk compress feature to compress the images which you have already uploaded.
  • You can also select various sizes in which you want an image to be duplicated to be used in smaller spaces like thumbnails.

Where to find – Click Here

Check out the video tutorial about this image compression WordPress plugin :

2. Smush Image Compression and Optimization

It is again one awesome plugin to be used for image compression. Though less effective in comparison to the earlier one, it is also widely used. It can compress the images without any significant loss in the quality of the image. This plugin is a cut down version of WP Smush Pro plugin from WordPresss Premium develoment team.

wordpress image compression plugin by Smushit

Author – WPMU Dev

Rating – 5 / 5

Installations – 900,000 +

Subscription Type – It is completely free

How to install & Use – You can install this plugin Smush Image Compression and Optimization from your WordPress website’s admin panel by searchig for it and then click in install and activate. One installed you will get option in media library section to bulk / individually compress the images.

Main Features –  Major features of this WordPress plugin Smush Image Compression and Optimization are :

  • You can compress images while uploading itself.
  • Options for bulk compression is also available for images which are uploaded before adding this plugin

Where to find – Click Here

Check out the video tutorial about this image compression wordpress plugin :

 

3. EWWW Image Optimizer  

This is also one of the best plugins used for Image compression in WordPress websites. It does offer the similar features as mentioned in the above 2 plugins. It is a completely free plugin with no limitations.

image compression wordpress plugins

Author – Shane Bishop

Rating – 4.4 / 5

Installations – 600,000 +

Subscription Type – It is completely free plugin

How to install & Use – You can install this plugin EWWW Image Optimizer from your WordPress website’s admin panel by searchig for it and then click in install and activate. One installed you will get option in media library section to bulk / individually compress the images.

Main Features –  Major features of this plugin are more or less similar to the other plugins.

Where to find – Click Here

Check out the video tutorial about this image compression WordPress plugin :

There are many more Image compression plugins for WordPress available but these above 3 are the best of them. We will keep you updated if any new plugins comeup which can beat these. Please ask in comment section if you have any queries.

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  1. Wow, that’s quite a lot of information. Thanks for the post and the tools. I always rely on Photoshop, I did have to download all images and compress them “manually” in PS. Thank you for the list of these image compression plugins but consistent with me, ShortPixel seems to be the first. Presently, I’m using a unfastened tool called tinypng as well. It’s not a plugin but it enables a lot to compress snapshots without dropping their quality. Having a good picture compression plugin will save a lot of our time. I’m without a doubt going to attempt many compression tools that you listed and will share my experience…!!!

    As i said, I have personally used ShortPixels, Tinying and recently Optimus too, but now I have found permanent solution for image compression without any Subscription. I’m also planning to use Optimizilla website for online image compression. Its pretty cool and easy. I think everyone should try it atleast once. Also for newbie blogger, I would recommand WP Smush to start with. Then they can try other tools as they progress in blogging.

    Anyways, thanks for taking the time to write such an extensive review on this subject, it should be very helpful for many bloggers. Please keep sharing and good luck.

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