10 Best Image Optimization Plugins for Speeding Up WordPress

10  Best  Image Optimization  Plugins for Speeding Up WordPress


Optimizing your images not only helps your WordPress site load faster but can also boost your SEO.

It includes some really amazing plugins to help you better optimize the images on your blog. Few of them are

WP Smush


WP Smush is a WordPress plugin that allows you to optimize images without losing quality.

With WP Smush, you can set up automated smushing so all of your new images are automatically compressed when uploaded to your site. WP Smush is also compatible with NextGEN Gallery and WP Retina 2x for high quality image display with the smallest possible file size.The plugin work by stripping meta data from JPEG files, optimizing JPEG compression, converting certain GIFs to indexed PNGs and stripping the un-used colors from indexed images.

For beginners, it is an easy and simple way to optimize their images and improve their site performance.

WP Smush gives you no control on how much you can optimize an image. While it does reduce the image file size, it is not the best solution.

EWWW Image Optimizer

Ewww image optimizer

EWWW Image Optimizer is a WordPress plugin that optimize your images as you upload them. You can also optimize your previously uploaded images. It also allows you to convert file format, so that you can choose a format that gives a lower image size. It can also optionally apply lossy reductions for PNG images.

SEO Friendly Images

Seo friendly image

SEO Friendly Images edits all your images with proper ALT and TITLE attributes to help boost your SEO. If your images don’t have ALT and TITLE already set, this plugins adds them in according to the options you set

ALT attribute is important part of search engine optimization. It describes your images to search engine and when a user searches for a certain image this is a key determining factor for a match.
TITLE attribute play lesser role but is important for visitors as this text will automatically appear in the tooltip when mouse is over the image.
 If you have a lot of un-optimized images on your blog, it’s time to use this plugin to optimize it.




Hammy takes your regular content images (only within posts and pages, not custom post types) and regenerates a number of smaller sized images. When a person visits your website, it then automatically provides them with the most appropriate image . This makes for a better experience, especially on mobile. This uses the new WP 3.5 image code.

Hammy only works for images within posts and pages, not custom post types.



Imsanity automatically resizes huge image uploads down to a size that is
more reasonable for display in browser, yet still more than large enough for typical website use.
It also provides a bulk-resize feature to selectively resize previously uploaded images to free up disk space.
This plugin is ideal for blogs that do not require hi-resolution original images
to be stored or the contributors don’t want  to scale images
before uploading.
Uses WordPress built-in image scaling functions

CW Image Optimizer

cw image optimizer

The CW Image Optimizer is a WordPress plugin that will automatically and losslessly optimize your images as you upload them to your blog. It can also optimize the images that you have already uploaded in the past.


PB Responsive Images

pb responsive
The PB Responsive Images plugin automatically reformats all images in the post content into a format similar to the picture tag proposed by the Responsive Images Community Group on w3.org.Each image is reformatted based on standard CSS media queries and SLIR query pairs, giving more flexibility in the variety of query combinations. Also, the plugin provides shortcodes so you can customize the queries used per image. Functions that can be used to customize the queries used per post or per layout.

Media File Renamer


media file renamer

The Media File Renamer is a WordPress plugin that physically renames media files nicely for a cleaner system and for a better SEO.

This is originally an automatic renamer based on the Media title. This plugin features were all meant to be automatic depending on the title of the Media.

Lazy Load

lazy load
Lazy load images to improve page load times. It uses jQuery.sonar to only load an image when it’s visible above fold.
This plugin is an amalgamation of code written by the WordPress.com VIP team at Automattic, the TechCrunch 2011 Redesign team, and Jake Goldman (10up LLC).

BJ Lazy Load


Lazy loading makes your site load faster and saves bandwidth.
bj lazy load
BJ Lazy Load allows you to lazy load selected images, including post images and thumbnails, Gravatar images and iFrames, and replace content with a placeholder.
This plugin caters to size optimized images, automatically serves scaled down images in responsive designs, and automatically serving hiDPI images for hiDPI screens

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