No doubt WordPress is one of the most popular and best CMS (content management system) for developers, designers and bloggers. WordPress developers create myriad of WordPress plugins to empower WordPress platform, such plugins are useful for integrating numerous features to your website such as chat, social media, speed optimizing, image optimization and many more.
In this article, I have gathered 15 Useful and Effective WordPress plugins to optimize images performance. Following plugins are capable of optimizing and resizing your images without losing its image quality. These WordPress Image Optimization Plugins would not only optimize your images but also speed up and enhance the overall beauty of your websites. I hope you will find the list handy and useful for your WordPress blog, if you like the article you might be interested in our other article on WordPress Chat Plugins .
1. PB Responsive Images
2. Watermark Reloaded
This plugin allows you to watermark your uploaded images. You can create watermark with different fonts, colors and apply those watermarks to different image sizes (thumbnail, medium, large, fullsize). You can also position the watermark anywhere on the image within Watermark RELOADED settings. Watermarking settings are simple to use and provide you with instant preview of how your watermark will look like on the uploaded image.
3. 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. It is also possible to convert your images automatically to the file format that will produce the smallest image size.
4. WP Smush.it
Smush.it offers an API that performs optimizing JPEG compression, converting certain GIFs to indexed PNGS, stripping the un-used colors from indexed images (except for stripping JPEG meta data) automatically, and this plugin seamlessly integrates Smush.it with WordPress.
Hammy takes your regular content images (within posts and pages) and regenerates a number of smaller sized images. When a person visits your website, it then automatically provides them with the most appropriate image (or the smallest one possible). This makes for a better experience, especially on mobile. This uses the new WP 3.5 image code.
6. Lazy Load
Imsanity automatically resizes huge image uploads down to a size that is more reasonable for display in browser, yet still more than large enough for typical website use. The plugin is configurable with a max width, height and quality. When a contributor uploads an image that is larger than the configured size, Imsanity will automatically scale it down to the configured size and replace the original image.
8. SEO Friendly Images
SEO Friendly Images is a WordPress SEO plugin which automatically updates all images with proper ALT and TITLE attributes for SEO purposes. If your images do not have ALT and TITLE already set, SEO Friendly Images will add them according the options you set. Additionally this makes the post W3C/xHTML valid as well.
10. CW Image Optimizer
The CW 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.
11. Bulk Resize Media
12. Media File Renamer
Parallelize allows automatically parallelizing WordPress attachement files (images or any files uploaded with the wordpress media features) across multiple hostnames, speeding page load. To assist caching, resources will always load from the same hostname.
14. NextGen Gallery
NextGEN Gallery is the most popular WordPress gallery plugin, and one of the most popular WordPress plugins of all time, with over 7.5 million downloads. It provides a powerful engine for uploading and managing galleries of images, with the ability to batch upload, import meta data, add/delete/rearrange/sort images, edit thumbnails, group galleries into albums, and more. It also provides two front-end display styles (slideshows and thumbnail galleries), both of which come with a wide array of options for controlling size, style, timing, transitions, controls, lightbox effects, and more.
15. Klix Image DimSum
This plugin resizes all blog images (home, post and pages) to their tagged width and height, and changes the compression for a perfect balance between quality and speed as seen fit by you, the site owner. It makes elephants into bite-sized dimsum whenever possible.