How to Compress Images Before Use

In the previous article, How To Compress Images; For Faster Site; Gtmetrix Trick, you use gtmetrix to get compressed images after they’re already live. Wouldn’t it better to compress images before use!? Yes.

There are a variety of image compression tools. There are online web services, desktop tools and even WordPress plugins that use online web services. The goal is the smallest possible filesize with minimal visual impairment. Let’s explore the ways.

WordPress WP Smush.it

If you use WordPress, highly recommend using the WP Smush.it plugin. Compressing images couldn’t be easier. Once installed, it intercepts non-optimized images and uses Yahoo Smush.it to compress images. It tells you how much it saved:

How to Compress Images Before Use with WP Smush.it

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How To Compress Images; For Faster Site; Gtmetrix Trick

Image optimization

In this week’s article, I’m going to share a little trick for image optimization with Gtmetrix on your site. This trick for how to compress images works after a page is live. Better practice would be to always perform image optimization before build or update. But, if you’re like most of us, even though your intentions are good, the demand for getting your content to market supersedes getting nitpicky about compressing images.

So, what you do is, go to http://gtmetrix.com/ and paste in the URL to your page and click Go! The resulting page will look like this:

Compress Images With Gtmetrix Trick

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