My Top 3 Plus 2 WordPress Image Optimization Plugin You Need to Use

If you’re thinking of improving the speed of your WordPress blog, then optimizing your images comes along, right? If you try to boost the speed of your blog without working on your images, your blog won’t have much improvement – that’s for sure…

wordpress image optimization plugin

Some weeks back, I did talked about the “Best WordPress Image Optimization Method” in case you’ve not read it, you can still do.

There, I talked about how to simply optimize your images without putting much stress on yourself and your database. Many friends, who liked that post, requested I make another post by giving them more and more (automated) options on how to cut the size and weight of their images without compromising their image quality.

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So today, I am bringing to you “my top 3 plus 2 WordPress image optimization plugin” I think you’d love to try.

Why it Matters to Optimize the Images on your Blog

First, the image you use plays a big role in your blog speed. If you have it on your blog without optimizing it, you will notice the slowness when opening your articles.

Remember: Many people who surf the net, don’t like blogs that are slow.

To further show you that your image plays a lot in your blog speed – take 2 same blogs (with the same theme, the same host and the same content), use images on one of the blog and do not use image on the other one. Now test both blogs for speed and see which of the blog is faster.

Remember that if you’re on a shared host package, you will easily get your blog suspended due to the slowness of your blog, why? Over loaded blog takes a lot of CPU usage to work properly.

But you can save yourself the nightmare of having a slow blog or suspension from your host by taking the right actions now. And what’s the right action? By using one of the WordPress image optimization plugin mentioned in this post or better still, follow the instructions found here.

My Top 3 WordPress Image Optimization Plugin You Need to Use

Without wasting much of our time, let go to our countdown…

Smush.it:

Okay, here we go… smush it is one of the most used WordPress image optimization plugin around.

It helps optimizes your images by simply stripping the Meta data from them. Making your images lighter and still retains the normal color and quality of your images.

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Bloggers love and use the plugin because of the features it offers. Two of its features are;

Stripping the un-used colours from indexed images

Converting certain GIFs to indexed PNGs

Ewww image optimizer

A while ago, a friend asked me if I’ve used the Eww Image Optimizer before… I told him “No” snd he insist I try it and see how it goes.

Unlike Smush it, the Ewww Image Optimizer automatically optimizes your images as you upload them to your WordPress blog

Bloggers love and use the plugin because of the features it offers. Two of its features are;

It automatically helps in optimizing your images created by the WP Image Editor

Apart from optimizing the images you upload, it also Optimize Everything Else like; blog theme images and more…

Lazy load

Okay! Some WordPress ‘VIP’ team came together to create a simple, but yet effective plugin to help speed up our blogs by reducing the size of our images.

How does Lazy Load work? It helps improve your page load times and server bandwidth by loading the Images only when it’s visible to the user. Hey, you don’t need to worry because the plugin uses jQuery.sonar to achieve all that. :)

My Plus 2 WordPress Image Optimization Plugin You Should Also Check Out

Our bonus WordPress image optimization plugin is none other than;

SEO Friendly Images:

This plugin made it to the list because it has something SEO bloggers use and love. Though it optimizes your images, but it those not reduce the size of your images.

Using the plugin to speed up your blog is not an option, but using it to attract search engine is the main focus :)

Now let’s see what it actually does;

SEO Friendly Images is a WordPress SEO plugin which automatically updates all images with proper ALT and TITLE attributes for SEO purposes.

CW Image Optimizer

This plugin works like the previous plugins I mentioned earlier. It helps reduce your images weight without compromising the quality of the images.

Let’s hear it from the author’s mouth;

The CW Image Optimizer is a WordPress plugin that will automatically and losslessly optimize your images as you upload them to your blog.

The CW Image Optimizer plugin is based on the WP Smush.it plugin.

Let’s Talk:

I have mentioned 5 plugins here that are awesome enough to speed your blog, also get you favorable traffic from search engines :)

Now let’s make the discussion more interesting… do you use any of the above plugin? How is your experience with it?

Do you use any other WordPress image optimization plugin aside from the ones mentioned above? Then, do name it down using the comment box below.

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Do you have comments, questions and or thought you’d love to share with us? Please do, by using the comment box below as well. Remember that your comments, questions and thoughts are highly welcomed and much appreciated.

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Comments

  1. says

    Hi Babanature,

    Nice list of image optimization plugins :)

    Honestly speaking, I just use Smush.it from the list you mentioned, and I did check on a few from your list, but settled for this one as I read about it in someone else’s post too. I haven’t really tried the rest, though I wonder if there is any major difference between the rest and Smush.it or we should try the others instead of this one? I am pretty happy with it so far, or perhaps I haven’t tried the others so far :)

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice weekend :)

    • says

      Hello Harleena,

      Smush it is one of the best choice when it comes to image optimization.

      I am using smush it and seo friendly Images on my other blog. and with my observation, they are going along quite well because both of them do have different functions.

      Thanks for stopping by and dropping your wonderful comment as always. Do have a wonderful week ahead…

  2. says

    Hello babanature,
    I am going to design my web site on word press and will definitely going to use Image Optimization Plugin, which you have described. Thanks this post is really valuable for me.
    Have Great day.

    • says

      Hello Girish,

      Good to know that the post is valuable. Do check my other posts on WordPress, i am sure you will find them as useful.

      Do have a lovely week ahead…

  3. says

    Hi Babanature,

    I haven’t used any plugin to optimize my images in blog. Going to look for your recommendation for sure. I know it is important to us to optimize all images in use to reduce time to load our page. Thanks for the post, wish you have a great week

    • says

      Hello Okto,

      You can do some good with your blog by either optimizing the images manually or using a plugin such as the once mentioned above.

      Optimizing our blog images is very important as our blog.
      Thanks for stopping by and dropping your wonderful comment. Do have yourself a fulfill week ahead…

  4. says

    Hey man,

    Thanks for sharing this! I use Smush.it and it works great. EWWW is a great alternative as well. I used to web based Smush.it and it was a huge time waster. Haha!

    Works better with the plugin (plus more time saving).

    So, yes! Top notch writing and thanks for sharing!

    • says

      Hello Reginald,

      Indeed Ewww is a nice alternative to smuch it. and to tell you the truth, it is good to know that you do use at least one of the above mentioned optimize plugin :)

      You used to web based smush it? That must have been a bit stressful :) . But if you do look at it in another angle, that’s a whole good experience :)

      Thanks for stopping by and dropping your thought on the post.

      Do have a wonderful week ahead…

  5. says

    Hello Babanature,

    It has being a while. Babanature to me seem to be on the low and I guess that has to do with the fact you’re working on something great.

    Let me move back to business as usual and talk of the issue on board, when it comes to plugins for image optimization my favourite is WP Smush.it

    Thanks and do have a great day!

    • says

      Hello Emmanuel,

      Ahahah… indeed bro, it has been a while. Just taking care of some other stuff of my businesses. I am still maintaining my blog sha o. lol…
      just limiting my visiting that’s all (Till i have the chance again) :)

      Nice choice, smuch it is also one great optimization plugin to look out for.

      Thanks for stopping by and dropping your wonderful comment.
      Do have a wonderful week ahead…

  6. says

    Hi Babanature

    Image optimizer both for speed and SEO point of view is must especially for those bloggers who write lengthy posts and put several images in their each post.

    They need to smush the images to make them light in weight and also apply alt tag option to sync them with the main keyword of their blog post.

    You well mentioned the three main plugins to optimize image. Luckily I am already using two of them.

    Your plugins to optimize SEO of the image are also very useful and one can use any of them in addition to alt tag option.

    Thanks a lot for this very informative post.

    • says

      Hello Mi,

      It is highly recommended for any blogger using image on their blog to use image optimizer or reduce the size manually without hurting the quality of the image.

      Thanks for your input on the post, it was indeed appreciated.

      Do have a beautiful week ahead…

  7. Bello says

    Hello Babanature,
    I am so much in love with this post.
    For now i am still using the blogger blog platform but i have finally bought a host to migrate the blog to.

    Smush it sounds great and it is being used by many blog owners on the wordpress platform.

    Thanks for the lovely optimization plugin review, my big bro. Do have a wonderful week ahead…

    • says

      Hello Bello,

      When you start the migration, do shoot me a mail with any problem and i might help. and also remember to check my previous tutorials on WordPress, so you can build your self a best WordPress blog :)

      Thanks for your input and do have a wonderful week ahead… Ohhh… and long time no chat bro :)

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