As long as I can remember the Smush.it plugin was the go to plugin to help trim that extra bit of size off images you upload to your WordPress site. However since its slow and somewhat painful demise a new plugin has emerged to do the job better and more effectively and that is EWWW Image Optimizer.
The EWWW 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.
To add this plugin to your site you’ll need to search for “EWWW Image Optimizer” from the “Add New” menu under Plugins on your WordPress install. Once activated there is nothing that you need to configure in terms of getting the plugin to work. Most hosts have the supported features installed that it needs to work so you can go about your business like normal. If you do want to play with the settings you can navigate to “Settings -> EWWW Image Optimizer” but for 99% of people you don’t need too.
While it will automatically work on images you upload after the plugin is activated, what about all the images you’ve uploaded before then? Well it’s got you covered there as well. You can either optimise each photo one at a time as seen from the Media Library below.
Or you can bulk optimise your images by selecting multiple images and picking the “Bulk Optimize” option from the drop down box. I do however recommend not trying to run the bulk feature on too many images at once so as not to cause unnecessary load on your hosting server.
Overall in an online world where the speed of your site can potentially mean ranking higher than your competition this is an easy add-on for any WordPress site. And we all love plugins that make life easier for us right?