Since page load time plays an important role in Google these days. So you as a blog owner need to look out at different solutions to improve the performance of your WordPress blogs like minimizing the use of scripts, optimizing images, deleting the unused files, cleaning up HTML files and caching options etc. There are some popular plugins available in WordPress Plugin directory including WP Super Cache and WP Smush.it that we can use to experience a faster loading WordPress blog. In today’s post I will be talking about WP Smush it Plugin only.
About WP Smush.it Plugin
We can improve the performance of our WordPress blogs by reducing the sizes of images used in our blogs through WP Smush.it plugin API directly from our WordPress blogs. After installing this must have plugin for all WordPress blogs, we don’t need to do anything as this plugin will start reduce the size of images in background that we are adding in our blog posts and pages. We can even use this plugin to lower down the size of images that we had uploaded on our blog in the past. Nicole Sullivan and Stoyan Stefanov are the creator of this plugin, a must have plugin for WordPress blogs.
WP Smush.it Plugin Installation Process
It wouldn’t take more than 2 minutes in installing WP Smush.it plugin into Your WordPress blog. I will be using WordPress build in plugin installation feature to guide you about its installation:
Step 1: In Your WordPress Dashboard, move over to the Plugins section and Click Add New Link
Step 2: Make Search for ‘WP Smush.it’ into the search box available, the very first result should be for this plugin
Step 3: All you need is click on the Install Now link available with this plugin and activate it
This plugin is now successfully installed into your WordPress blog. One can also manually install this plugin into their WordPress blog by downloading it from here and upload in to their plugins directory using a FTP software.
WP Smush.it Plugin Benefits
Here is the list of benefits you should enjoy after start using this plugin into your WordPress blogs:
1. No work from your end after installation as it used to run automatically in the background to reduce the size of images that are recently uploaded as part of your blog posts or pages.
2. We can use the Bulk Smush.it feature to reduce the sizes of images that we had added in bulk. The amount of time WP Smush.it plugin takes to finish this task will depend upon the amount of images you ad added on your blog in the past. After it’s installation, you can access Bulk Smush.it feature from Media that you use for uploading different media files on your blog. Here is a screenshot showing Bulk Smush.it feature in action:
3. Decrease in images sizes will improve the speed of your WordPress blog and thus will send a positive note to Google about your blog as website speed is now one of 200 plus factors Google considers while deciding the rankings for your website for its targeted terms.
Here is a screenshot showing this image size reducing plugin in action on Bloggerspassion.com blog where it reducing the size of uploaded images on my blog. This way we can reduce the sizes of our images to great extent. We can apply this plugin on individual images and can also use it for reducing images size in bulk through Bulk Smush.it feature explained above.
With this, it comes to the end of this special post for WP Smush It plugin covering its basic details, installation and features list. How are you reducing images sizes of your blog, are you using any plugin or have something to say about this plugin, please share in the comments section below.