WordPress is one of the best CMS to launch personal blogs, E-commerce and business sites, many people face issues with low speed on wordpress site, the major factor is heavy images, we mostly use images downloaded from google and if designed are HD so that causes high load on server, being blogger since 2009, I have noticed that if you improve the quality and compression of wordpress images, you can easily Speed up your wordpress website. In this article, I’ll guide you how to optimize images on your wordpress to improve your site speed.
What are factors that can reduce your speed:
Before we go further, we need to figure out what causes our site slow speed, and how can you check that.
There are a lot of factors which can reduce your site,
- Heavy themes,
- Heavy images
- Shared server with low response
- Unnecessary plugins
- Nulled plugins & themes with backdoors
When you install nulled plugins or themes most probably these have backdoor which can lead to unauthorized usage of server resources like email sending, even who provide nulled theme can hack into your site, to secure wordpress check Securefist technology which help to secure your wordpress site.
How can you check speed of wordpress site
According to google new policy we can check how many visitors we lose by slow speed of site. There are some tools which will help you to check your site speed, but always keep in mind that no tool is 100% accurate these are for only for rough idea, you can manually check if the page is loading properly then there is no issue, here are some tools.
Now we talk about optimizing images,
To optimize images there are many methods, but I prefer using image compression plugins,
- Local images optimization
- Smush Image Compression and Optimization
1. Local Images Optimization
First step in image optimization is to optimize images at your local desktop, I use caesium software which optimize images almost 70-90% of image size,
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2: Plugin : Smush Image Compression and Optimization
This plugin is being used for bulk compression and optimization, for example you are using a huge database of images then you need to optimize the images, you can use that plugin you can also try Premium version of this software by getting 14 days trial, it will surely enhance your site speed, for first time it will take some time to optimize the images.
Imagify is also a good tool to optimize your site but these are not free plugins you need to buy a premium plan for bulk image optimization
CDN are also good resources to put static images and static files to CDN platforms like maxcdn and for free use cloudflare. Or jetpack for wordpress images cdn.
Images take a greater role in your speed, trying optimization of images at local desktop is a great way to optimize and speed up. Also use Bulk SMush for huge database.