Topher’s Testing: WP Smush.it Plugin for WordPress

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Topher is our WordPress teacher, and he tests WordPress plugins for us.

This week Topher introduces us to the WP Smush.it plugin.

Smush.it is a Yahoo service that optimizes your website’s images. Its a “lossless” tool, which means it optimizes the images without changing their look or visual quality. This plugin uses the Smush.it API to work within your WordPress site.

So, is the Smush.it plugin worth using? Let’s ask Topher:

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  • Steve is the founder of OSTraining. Originally from the UK, he now lives in Sarasota in the USA. Steve's work straddles the line between teaching and web development.

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Yaeger Design

You might try EWWW Image Optimizer. It uses jpegtran, optipng (or pngout), and gifsicle as server libraries to optimize images instead of Yahoo!’s service. This means that you can optimize as large of a file as you want. I get very good results with it. The only downside is that you need to (or have your host) install the server libraries mentioned. Fortunately, most servers/hosts have at least jpegtran installed already. If you (or your clients) are uploading images taken from a camera, then JPG is all you’ll be worried about, anyway.

steve

Thank for the great tip Yaeger. A link to that plugin: [url=https://wordpress.org/plugins/ewww-image-optimizer/]https://wordpress.org/plugi…[/url]

Dan Knauss

I was going to say the same thing. EWWW is my first choice, and [url=http://Smush.it]Smush.it[/url] is the fallback when you want a quick workable solution to a limited hosting environment.

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