Do you really NEED the Best WordPress Image Optimizer Plugin?
Do you need ANY image optimizer plugin?
You probably don’t NEED the Best WordPress Image Optimizer Plugin, but it can sure make life easier for you when it comes to the file size and dimensions of your images.
It makes sure that your images are small dimensions-wise as well as small file size-wise.
In the video below, we go over the Best WordPress Image Optimizer Plugin. If you prefer to read instead of watch, the text below the video goes over the same points.
Best WordPress Image Optimizer Plugin
How to make your website images load faster
Are you wondering what this plugin is called?
It’s EWWW Image Optimizer. You can search for within the plugin search. Or with Google search EWWW.
What does this amazing plugin do?
Control Your Image Sizes
You can set the dimensions that you want an image to be uploaded to your website.
You set certain dimensions. Let’s say you set the dimensions at 1,000 pixels by 1,000 pixels. If you upload an image that’s 5,000 pixels by 4,000 pixels, the EWWW Image Optimizer Plugin will automatically condense it down to whatever would fit within that 1,000, 1,000.
The other thing that it does is it compresses the file size.
If you upload a file size that’s huge, the EWWW Image Optimizer Plugin will compress it down into a much smaller file size without losing image quality.
That’s the awesome thing. It does this without losing image quality. It still looks just as good on your website.
The problem is, we usually upload images that are way too big for what can actually be viewed through the internet. This plugin takes care of that for you.
Control the Image Sizes of Others
And… if you have other contributors to your website, the EWWW Image Optimizer Plugin will automatically make sure that they do not upload images that are too big either. Not only does it take care of the brain work for you, it takes care of the brain work for all your other authors.
Change Image Sizes Retroactively
EWWW Image Optimizer Plugin will also go back and do this to all your old images that are already on your website.
You probably already have a bunch of images on your website, right? Well, you can have the EWWW Image Optimizer Plugin go back and take care of all the old ones that are already on there, too. Cool beans!
Why do you want to optimize your images?
Well, it makes your website work faster. It makes your pages and your posts that have images, load faster. It, also, makes those images, themselves, load faster.
And it makes Google, and Bing, and all those search engines like your website more because your website loads faster.
How fast your website loads is huge when it comes to search engine optimization.
The EWWW Image Optimizer plugin takes care of all of that for you.
Have you ever been on a website where it’s like the image is slowly, slowly loading?
“I’m clicking away. I don’t care.”
They’re not even showing those in the search engine results if those websites load slowly.
How to Setup the Best WordPress Image Optimizer Plugin
Now, let’s learn how to set up all the tabs for the EWWW Image Optimizer plugin so you know how to set it up correctly.
Install the Plugin
Okay, so to get the EWWW Image Optimizer plugin, just go to your Add Plugins page on your WordPress site. (Down on the left, click Plugins. Click Add New.)
On the right, where it says Keyword and you have the little search box, just start typing EWWW.
Voila. It’ll pop up.
There are two versions. There’s the regular plugin: EWWW Image Optimizer. And you have the EWWW Image Optimizer Cloud. The EWWW Image Optimizer Cloud is the paid version of EWWW Image Optimizer.
I would just stick with the free plugin.
Go ahead and click the Install Now. Then, click Activate.
Setup the Plugin
After you do that, you go over back to your left Nav Bar.
Hover over Settings. You’ll see all these things pop up.
Way down at the bottom, it says EWWW Image Optimizer. Click on that.
This is the part that you want to set up. You don’t need to change a whole lot on here.
Basic Settings – Top
Scroll down here a little bit until you start seeing the tabs. Then, the first one is Basic Settings. We see Remove Metadata. I click this.
If you scroll down a little bit further, you’ll see JPEG Optimization Level. Keep it at Lossless Compression.
Same thing with PNG Optimization Level. Keep it at Lossless Compression. Same thing with GIF, Optimization Level. Keep it at Lossless Compression.
Then, the PDF Optimization Level, I have it at No Compression.
If you make any changes to that, go ahead and click Save Changes.
Advanced Settings – Top
Scroll back up to the top. Click the next tab is Advanced Settings. Don’t do a whole lot with this. I don’t have anything in here.
You can read through those and decide if that’s anything you want to set up, but most of that is more advanced stuff, and you probably don’t need it.
Resize Settings – Top
The next tab over is Resize Settings. This one you want to use.
Click on that tab.
The very first one is Resize Media Images. This is everything you’ve uploaded directly to your media library. When you’re typing a blog post. And you’re adding images in there. Or if you just put them directly into the media library.
This is where you can set the max width and the max height. You can type in the boxes or use the up, down arrows to click it to any max pixel size that you want.
Right below that, it says Resize Other Images.
These are the ones that are uploaded indirectly to the media library, such as: anything you’re using for your theme, anything you’re using for your header images, anything that’s not straight into a blog post, or a page, or straight into the media library.
The next one down says Resizing Existing Images. You can allow resizing of the existing images that are already in your media library.
You can click that box, if you want. If you have a lot of stuff on there, I would go ahead and click. That way, it’ll resize everything you have.
The next one down says Disable Resizes. If you want to disable the resizing of any of these things here, you have the option to click in these boxes.
Conversion Settings – Top
The next tab over at the top is Conversion Settings. I don’t mess with any of this stuff. I don’t have anything clicked. Especially because he’s got warning, warning, warning everywhere. “You’re telling me that that’s probably not a good idea. I’m just not going to do it.”
WebP Settings – Top
Then, the WebP Settings. I don’t do anything with that either.
The main ones I use are the basic settings, the advanced settings, and the resize settings.
Who Should NOT Use the Best WordPress Image Optimizer Plugin
There is one type of person that is not going to want to use this plugin.
If you have a photography website and you want people to be able to download images with those higher resolutions, you’re not going to want this plugin. It’s going to take that ability away.
But for everybody else out there, this is an awesome plugin. You definitely want to use it. It is gonna help your website load so much faster.
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