WP Smush.it is a popular WordPress Plugin that helps to compress uploaded images very easily. Here are some alternatives to WP Smush.it plugin that can do the image compression job similar to it. After the most recent update, WP Smush.it plugin is not working on WordPress 3.4. It seems like the plugin author is no more interested in developing it and many users have already reported the compatibility issue with WordPress 3.4.1 also. Now, at this stage its good to look for alternatives rather than using WP Smush.it. After a bit of research we luckily found a couple of good plugins, that can compress images in WordPress.
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Main reason behind optimizing images is to improve page loading speed. Lower the size of images, faster their loading speed will be. Some other reasons we can consider are saving band width and less backup size. Also resize images using Aqua Resizer for better thumbnail view with reduced image size. Another approach is to Lazy Load Images in WordPress, which is quite useful if your blog got too many images.
A few Words on WP Smush.it Plugin
WP Smush.it is the first ever WordPress plugin developed to optimize images in WordPress. It helps to strip off meta data from JPGES, Optimizing JPG images and converting GIF to PNG format. You can also manually compress images using Smush.it.
Alternatives to WP Smush.it
As of now, these 2 plugins are working fine and hence can be considered as the best alternatives to WP Smush.it. Also learn how to add ALT tag to images and how to disable right click on images in WordPress.
1. CW Image Optimizer
This plugin uses Linux image optimization programs to optimize images and to reduce their size. This plugin is updated an year ago, even though its working fine with WordPress 3.4.1. Image quality will not be effected and unlike WP Smush.it, this plugin compresses images directly. Only thing you have to do is properly configure the plugin and it will take care of remaining things.
2. EWWW Image Optimizer
EWWW Image Optimizer is a perfect alternative to WP Smush.it, that will automatically compress images when you upload them. It uses a set of Linux based tools for optimizing images in JPG, PNG and GIF formats. Nothing will be changed expect the size of the images. EWWW Image Optimizer is recently updated and is completely compatible with new version of WordPress.
Best part of both these plugins is they support Bulk Optimization and hence it just needs one simple click to optimize all uploaded images.
Even now also, if there is any good update for WP Smush.it Plugin, then I will use it for sure. I got a very good experience in using it and noticed an improved page loading speed after compressing images.
So, use any of the above 2 plugins to optimize images till an update for WP Smush.it is available. If you have already used WP Smush.it or EWWW image optimizer or WWW Image Optimizer, then Share your experience by dropping a comment here.