The faster your blog loads, the better. Both your readers and Google would love you. So I made a few assessment of my blog and learned that I have previously shared some really space and bandwidth consuming (thus time consuming when it comes to loading, too!) images. I thought I needed a program, service or maybe a plugin that could help me reduce the size of the images that I will be uploading so they don’t eat up the space and slow down the loading of my blog. I’ve thought about using a third-party website such as Flickr or Image Shack to host my images but I was too afraid they might rob me off the potential traffic I could get from image searches.
Then came Yahoo’s Smush.It to the rescue. It’s an awesome tool which reduces the image sizes without affecting the quality of the photos as it simply compresses the images uploaded and supports JPGs, PNGs, GIFs, and animated GIF formats. The way Smush.It works is that it optimizes the image and strips all the metadata out of the file and then applies a number of lossless – that means the quality of the image will not be affected – open-source image optimization algorithms to the image.
Where to Get and How to Use Smush.It
There are actually two easy ways for you to use Smush.It and these are:
1. Through the Smush.It Website
Submitting or uploading the photo you want to be compressed or optimized on their website. You simply click on the Uploader tab and it will then generate an optimized version of the image that you could then download later on (per batch) or save individually on your computer.
2. WordPress Plugin
By downloading the WP Smush.it plugin to your WordPress blog, you could compress the photos right after you’ve downloaded it on your Media Library by simply clicking on the Smush It! button on the right portion of the image. You will also see how much percentage was the image reduced or optimized.