We assume that you learned already about WebP image format Google created. You generated WebP versions of your files with a smart tool – we assume that it was ShortPixel 🙂 And, finally, you employed a plugin (like wp-webp)to deliver the WebP images to users who visit your site from a compatible WebP-compatible browser (Chrome and Opera, mainly, a full list is to be found here). Continue reading Is my site serving WebP images?
A usual WordPress installation has all media files stored in Media Library, and that’s where our image optimization plugin looks first. But there is not such thing as usual WordPress installation, and we all know some cases when images are stored in other places than Media Library. In this short article, we will show you how to compress those images too, using ShortPixel image optimization plugin. Continue reading How to optimize images that are not in Media Library
ShortPixel introduces a new image optimization option called Glossy. The new feature is a lossy optimization algorithm calibrated for the photographer’s needs. We still recommend Lossy for the most user cases, because it has the best balance between image optimization and picture quality.
Why is everybody so obsessed with Google Insights score? Because it matters! The test results are an important SEO factor, and Google Insights is a valuable tool for measuring your website usability.
We will teach you how to optimize and use your images if you want to improve your Google Insights results.
You already know that website speed has a tremendous influence on your SEO strategy, but one less known fact is that you can optimize images in WordPress themes and plugins also with ShortPixel, not only the images and thumbnails from the Media Library.
Think for a moment, what images are displayed most often on your website? Usually not the images featured in your most popular articles, but the graphics included in your WordPress theme. They are shown on every page of your site. Reducing the size of these images can give your website a speed boost, and better results in Google Insights tests. Of course, the improvement depends on the theme you use. A heavy graphics theme would benefit more than a minimal one.
Hopefully most of you already optimize the images of your website for better performance. But do you a make the same effort to polish your images for best performance in emails?
You should! Since large images might cause some frustration and disappointment for your email subscribers especially when they open your email on their mobile while they are using slower mobile internet connections.
On Black Friday, ShortPixel WordPress plugin brings you twice as many image optimization credits! From 24th to 28th of November 2016, for any purchase, you receive x2 image optimization credits (See all plans).
Different ShortPixel plans for different image optimization needs
This Black Friday deal could cover all your image optimization needs. If you have only a few articles a month, then the FREE account with 200 credits is enough. For medium size websites with a lot of images to optimize, you can buy a $9.99 monthly plan which gives you 24.000 images/month.
In this article I will show you how to use optimized Retina images on your website, in order to offer an amazing user experience on Apple devices.
Retina is a special type of display present on Apple devices, having a higher pixel density than usual displays. This display allows images to have an extremely crisp look, as if they were printed, by using double resolution images, instead of the usual resolution images for the same screen space.
When an Apple product has a Retina Display, each user interface widget is doubled in width and height to compensate for the smaller pixels. Apple calls this mode HiDPI mode. Continue reading How to use optimized Retina images on your WordPress site for top user experience on Apple devices
Enter WebP – a modern image format created by Google, that provides superior lossless and lossy compression for images on the web. Continue reading How WebP images can speed up your (WordPress) site
In our latest and greatest plugin version – 3.3.0 – we worked hard to bring you some key features that offer more control to the way you optimize your images.
Let me do a quick pass through the most important ones:
• The Re-optimization buttons in the Media Library that appear next to each image let you change the type of image optimization from lossy to lossless and back for a specific image (the column now also displays what kind of optimization was used for each file). This button is only available if the image has a backup, because the re-optimization has to be done on the original image.
• If you have chosen not to optimize the thumbnails, you will also see a button that enables you to optimize the thumbnails for a specific image.
• The Bulk Optimization process is now able to handle these situations as well. If, after optimizing all your images, you change your settings (from lossless to lossy for example), then open the Bulk ShortPixel page and do a Restart Optimizing, all the lossless images will be re-optimized with the new setting.
• Also if you optimized your main images without thumbnails and then you decide that your thumbnails also could use some optimization, just go to the Bulk ShortPixel page, check the Include thumbnails box and Restart Optimizing – all the thumbnails will be optimized as well.
What are these new functions good for?
Let’s assume that you optimized your images losslessly trying to stay on the safe side, but then, for some images, especially big ones, you would like to try a more effective optimization. Or you optimized them lossy and you spot a particular image for which the quality is not that good – this hardly ever happens but still – in this case you can just re-optimize that one as lossless to make it shine again.
What happens with your credits when you re-optimize an image with a different setting (lossless/lossy)?
The re-optimization process will normally use up one credit per optimized image. There is a case, though, when you keep your credits, and I’ll explain it: when we are optimizing an image we do both lossy and lossless optimization in the same time and they are kept on our servers for four hours. This means that in this interval, if you re-optimize your image, the existing already optimized images will be downloaded by our plugin and no credits will be consumed.
I’ll conclude by inviting you to make use of these new functions and tell us what you think. Last but not least, Happy Optimizing! 🙂