On user came to us and asked why he needs an image optimization plugin. He used to compress his images with an image editor, and he was genuinely interested to find what advantages an automated solution has. To be more precise, he asked “why my way to compress images isn’t the best option?”
Retina images can make your site shine on the iPads and iPhones, but they are also larger than the standard images. That’s why is important to optimize your Retina images and serve them only for the visitors with compatible devices. Poorly implemented Retina images will make your site slower for all users and will “angry” the mighty Google.
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We at ShortPixel know that there are some good WordPress image optimization plugins out there. We are constantly keeping an eye on them. Are they better, do they have more features than us, are they more affordable?
Note: EWWW can work on user server for free, but we are testing here the EWWW I.O. version which optimizes the images in cloud, like the rest of the analyzed plugins.
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.