WordPress is the most famous blogging platform in the world and the main reason behind this popularity is the huge store of plugins. Today I’m going to deal with plugins that will help you optimize the images that you upload to your blog.
But first of all there will be some tips and important things to know about Image Optimization.
First question that comes…
Why Image Optimization is Important?
Image optimization is very important as these images plays a major role in blog’s performance and growth.
Image optimization improves blog’s loading speed and thus will not make your readers wait for long to read your content.
- Image optimization will give your images more exposure in the Best Image Search Engines. Thus, you can get more traffic.
How to work with image optimization?
I always hear about “Alt-tag”, is that something to work with?
Oh! you got it right, but that’s not all.
Then what actually is Image Optimization?
- Giving the right title to your image is the first thing.
- Adding the right alt tag is the most important work.
- Compressing images to right size is also important.
- Installing good plugins to work with image optimization.
As we are talking about plugins so I want to introduce with some good plugins which will help you to work with image optimization and make your blog more SEO optimized and more efficient.
So here I come up with the best of the best Image Optimization Plugins for WordPress:
Imsanity uses WP built-in-image scaling functions and automatically resizes uploaded images to a configured size. The plugin is configurable with size and quality of the image you upload to your blog. Imsanity also provides a bulk resize option to selectively resize previously uploaded images to clear up disk space. If you want the resize feature only then you can also use the “Bulk Smush.it” plugin as it has Yahoo! Image Compressor feature.
Advanced Lazy Load plugin is used by Avi on SkyHiT BloG and so you see a fast loading speed. This plugin first loads the content only and loads the image only when the image comes in the viewpoint. This plugin doesn’t need any configurations. You just need to install it and forget. It will take care of the rest.
The PB Responsive Images automatically reformats the images into a format similar to the picture proposed by the Responsive Images Community Group on w3.org. PB Responsive Images plugin converts the image to a size according to blog reader’s screen resolution. You’ll have to customize the configuration to fit your theme best as the default configuration provides the image sizes for the Twenty Eleven theme.
This image optimization plugin automatically reduce the image size and improve performance using Linux image optimization programs without losing the quality. This plugin also optimizes the images that are previously uploaded in the past. This plugin also provides bulk optimization option if you have a lot of images to optimize.
Hammy plugin uses the new WP 3.5 image code to generate resized images and provides most suitable images for your content area depending on content width for a better experience, especially for mobile, tablet devices.
This is not a big list of image optimization plugins, but is a list with the best plugins for the said job. I didn’t want to make a list of 20-30 plugins because many newbies get confused with which one to use. But yes, if you want us to add your favourite image optimization plugin then just name it below and tell us why you like it.
Over to you…
What do you think about Image Optimization? Which is your favourite image optimization plugin?