7 Image Optimization plugins for better Experience


Images are essential part of any website whether you want to enhance your user experience on your website of want to bring more targeted traffic optimizing your images for SEO. But serving right kind of image you can improve not only the loading time of your website but also can save a lots of bandwidth.

Another point that forced me to find out this list of WordPress plugins for images is, as a blogger, we most of the time not happy with the theme and keep on changing our theme, thus force us to regenerate images or reload.

When you need to optimize images on a page with multiple images, how do you do it? Well, you simply get help from the right plugins available from WordPress. With them, you can ensure that the images load fast and without compromising quality.

This list of best  7  Image Optimization Plugins  for images are based on their usefulness, just read this whole article to know the pros and cons of each one of them.

Advanced Lazy Load

Lazy Load

This plugin ensure that your user get the image when they need it not in advance thus preserve the speed of your website. The best part of this plugin is, you have to just install this and everything else will be done by this plugin automatically.

If you are using google pagespeed to as your CDN then this feature is automatically provided by the service, in that case you can safely remove this plugin from your WordPress setup.

Hammy

Hammy image plugin

Hammy takes your regular content images (within posts and pages) and regenerates a number of smaller sized images. When a person visits your website, it then automatically provides them with the most appropriate image (or the smallest one possible). This makes for a better experience, especially on mobile.

WP Parallel Loading System

parellel loading images

Standard HTTP v1.1 requests only allow 2 connections, at the same time, from the same domain. This plugin will virtualizes connections, through defined sub domains. You can have as many sub domains as you like, but I do recommend using a maximum of 5.

This is where this plugin comes in to create sub domains and use them to download files. Multiple connections become easier as the browsers get the opportunity to download content from different hostnames. The required files are downloaded faster and your website performs better.

If you are not in favor of using this plugin then I would recommend you to serve Images from cookie less domain.

PB Responsive Images

Image Optimization plugins

The PB Responsive Images plugin automatically reformats all images in the post content into a format similar to the picture tag proposed by the Responsive Images Community Group on w3.org. Thus serve the desired image according to the device size.

This responsive image plugin automatically insert responsive image syntax automatically to your images.

EWWW Image Optimizer

The EWWW Image Optimizer is a WordPress plugin that will automatically and losslessly optimize your images as you upload them to your blog. It can also optimize the images that you have already uploaded in the past. It is also possible to convert your images automatically to the file format that will produce the smallest image size

By default, EWWW Image Optimizer uses lossless optimization techniques using jpegtran, optipng, pngout, and gifsicle image tools, so your image quality will be exactly the same before and after the optimization. The only thing that will change is your file size.

CW Image Optimizer

Image Optimizer plugin

The CW Image Optimizer plugin is based on the WP Smush.it plugin. Unlike the WP Smush.it plugin, your files won’t be uploaded to a third party when using CW Image Optimizer. Your files are optimized using the Linux littleutils image optimization tools

The CW Image Optimizer will automatically and losslessly optimize your images as you upload them to your blog. It can also optimize the images that you have already uploaded in the past

Regenerate Thumbnail

Regenerate Thumbnails allows you to regenerate the thumbnails for your image attachments. This is very handy if you’ve changed any of your thumbnail dimensions (via Settings -> Media) after previously uploading images or have changed to a theme with different featured post image dimensions.

You can either regenerate the thumbnails for all image uploads, individual image uploads, or specific multiple image uploads.

WP Smush.it

This image optimization used smush.it service of yahoo to reduce the size of your website images and optimizes it. It does not need to be configured, just upload it and it will start reducing the size of your uploaded image files automatically. But does not optimize your previously uploaded files, you have to smush them using its another option.

NextGEN Gallery Image Optimizer

This is a WordPress plugin for people who use the most popular NextGEN gallery and do care about website optimization, speed and page score. It should serve as a swiss-knife for image optimization for your website.

It is now not a difficult job to optimize your images to reduce an extra burden on your server using these wonderful plugins. Which one you find the best for your website, do not forget to shoot your suggestions,queries through comment.




8 Brilliant Comments - Join Discussion Now!

  1. Abhi says:

    WP parallel loading sounds interesting I am gonna try it

  2. ambarish says:

    I was searching something for resizing my images. Hammy will be a good option. Thanks for the tips.

    • rakesh says:

      Good to know that this is the right kind of image optimization plugin for your website. Keep in touch

  3. varun says:

    great list..very good information..thanks for it..

  4. Somesh says:

    How Regenerate Thumbnail will help us to reduce the website load time

    • rakesh says:

      When WordPress does not find the appropriate size of any image, it automatically attach the highest available size of that image, without your knowledge serve all html pages with highest resolution images.This plugin will generate all your images according to the current WordPress theme and this way help you to decrease the page load time of your website. BUT on the other hand increase the number of images on your host because it does not delete all UN-necessory image size from UPLOAD folder.

  5. Gayatri says:

    Hello, thank you for summary but I still don’t know which one is the best… WP.Smush.it is good and simple but does not show me the best results.

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