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Best WordPress plugins for optimising images

Why it’s important to optimise your website images – Part 3

A WordPress optimisation plugin optimises existing images as well as new ones.

Take a look at two of the best WordPress optimisation for image plugins you can install on your website.

1. Image Optimisation and Lazy Load by Optimole

Plugin Stats:
* Downloads: 80,000+
* Notable features: image CDN, cloud media library, image lazy loading
* Pricing: free with paid options

Optimole is an optimisation plugin that optimises your site’s images via a global CDN (content delivery network). Combined with a cloud-based solution, Optimole reduces the load on your server and speeds up your loading times.

The plugin comes with a one-click setup and automated tools. Simply create an account and insert your API key to activate it. The tools will then automatically run in the background to optimise your images.

Optimole’s free version supports 5,000 monthly visits. You can purchase one out of the two premium plans to get more visits.

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2. Imagify Image Optimiser

Plugin Stats:
* Downloads: 600,000+
* Notable features: auto-optimization, image backup, online-app integration
* Pricing: free with paid options

Imagify increases your website speed by automatically resizing and compressing different image formats. Aside from still images, Imagify can also optimise animated graphics.

Imagify has three compression settings – normal, aggressive, and ultra. Normal means lossless compression, while aggressive and ultra are lossy compression types. Compared to lossless compression, lossy reduces the file size more significantly at the expense of some image quality. We recommend using the normal setting.

Imagify’s free plan limits users to 20 MB images per month with a maximum upload size of 2 MB per image.

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3. Smush

Plugin Stats: 
Downloads: 1+ million
Notable features: auto-optimisation, image lazy loading, bulk ‘smush’, Incorrect Size Image Detection
Pricing: free with paid options

Smush has been benchmarked and tested number one for speed and quality. It is also the award-winning, back-to-back proven crowd favorite image optimisation & image compression plugin for WordPress.

Optimise images, turn on lazy load, resize, compress & improve your Google Page Speed with the incredibly powerful and 100% free WordPress image smusher, brought to you by the team at WPMU DEV. Smush will compress images without a visible drop in quality.

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Performing optimisation for images on your WordPress website is very important to increase its loading speed, enhance user experience, implement better SEO, and save storage space on your hosting server.

Did you miss out on Part 1 and Part 2? Check them out now.

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