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Free Image Compression Tools to Boost Website Speed

Free Image Compression Tools to Boost Website Speed
Written by ProgrammingPot

Interesting stats by HTTP Archive shows average web page size is 2.4 MB and images contribute 64% of it. In this tutorial, we learn about the Free Image Compression Tools to Boost Website Speed.

Free Image Compression Tools to Boost Website Speed


That’s right, an average image size of a web page is 1.5 MB.

Free Image Compression Tools to Boost Website Speed

What’s your web page size?

If you have image an based website or it’s contributing factor, then you must optimize them to reduce the size. By reducing the image size, you get the following advantage.

  • Reduce web page size overall
  • Save bandwidth
  • Load your web page faster and eventually, help SEO ranking

There are multiple ways to optimize the images, but doing without losing quality is the smart way. In this article, I’ve covered three types of tools.

  1. Standalone tools: You don’t need to install anything on your website. You can just visit the tool’s website and upload the images, and you will get optimized images to download.
  2. WordPress Plugin: You need to install the plugin on your WordPress website and based on settings, it will reduce the size whenever you upload the images.
  3. Joomla Extensions: You need to install extensions in Joomla website, and optimization will happen from your Joomla website server.

Ready to boost your website speed?

Standalone Tools

Using standalone tools are probably the best way to compress the images, but there will be limited either by size or number of images you can upload. So you got to try which one is best for you.

1. Tiny PNG

TinyPNG uses smart lossy compression techniques to reduce the file size of PNG or JPG files. You can upload up to 20 images with max 5 MB each.

Free Image Compression Tools to Boost Website Speed

2. Compressor

Compress and reduce your image size up to 90% with Compressor while maintaining high-quality resolution. It supports JPEG, PNG, GIF & SVG and files size limit is 10 MB.

Free Image Compression Tools to Boost Website Speed

3. Puny PNG

PunyPNG compression that just works for designers and developers. May not be suitable if your image size in MB as the limit is 500 KB each for up to 20 files. It compresses JPG, GIF & PNG file types.

4. Compress Now

Reduce the weight of image files with Compressnow. Unique about this tools is you can choose % of compression to get results. So it’s under your control the level of compression you want.

5. Kraken

Kraken let you select the optimization mode between LOSSY, LOSSLESS, and EXPERT. You can upload a file from your computer, Dropbox, Google Drive or Box.

6. Optimi Zilla

Upload up to 20 files in JPEG and PNG formats at OptimiZilla. If you upload multiple files, then you have the option to download them all at once.

7. JPEG Mini

Lose your spare kilobytes with JPEG Mini. It supports only JPG file.

8. Imagify

You have the option to choose the compressed level between normal, aggressive and ultra. Imagify keep your files for 24 hours so you can download later if you wish.

Free Image Compression Tools to Boost Website Speed

Above standalone tools should be able to help you in reducing the files. Let’s take a look at following WordPress plugin.

WordPress Plugins

You can install the following plugin with in your WordPress, so whenever you upload the images, optimization will take place.

1. EWWW Image Optimizer

EWWW Image Optimizer is one of the best optimizer plugin available, which helps to reduce the image, size and gives you an option to disable optimization or creation for a particular size.

This is extremely helpful if you are running photography related website and don’t want to lose the quality by compressing just the featured or specific sized images.

ewww-image

2. WP Smush

Active installed for over 400,000, fantastic plugin by wpmudev, which lets you compress the images in bulk or during the upload. WP Smush has a limit of 50 in a free version of maximum bulk compression.

wp-smush

It processes JPEG, PNG and GIF formats.

3. Optimus

Optimus by KeyCDN helps you reduce the image size of up to 70% but has the limitation of max 100 kB file.

  • Original Images Optimization
  • Optimize during upload

4. TinyPNG

Compress JPEG & PNG images with TinyPNG. This is what I am currently using and happy with it.

tinypng-wordpress

5. Short Pixel

Not a just image but also compress PDF with Short Pixel. It’s compatible with WooCommerce as well and process GIF, PNG, JPG & PDF files.

short-pixel

Above WordPress plugin should be able to help in making your website faster by reducing the image size.

I hope above image compression tools help you in minimizing the overall page size for fast loading site.

2 Comments

  • Wonderful blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m planning to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything.

    Would you propose starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There
    are so many choices out there that I’m totally overwhelmed ..
    Any suggestions? Cheers!

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