In this article, I am writing about the Smush plugin. Image is a very important part of websites and blogs. In the current scenario, most people don’t like plain articles.
If you include some images, it creates more interest in the article. And most importantly, images play a very important role to understand the content.
But it is also important you optimize and compress your images. It makes your site faster. If your use heavy images, your site may load slow. Using compress images also saves your server space.
Most of the hosting plans provide you with limited space. You can save a lot of space by using a compress plugin like smush.
Smush plugin is one of the best image compress and image optimization plugins for WordPress websites. This plugin is developed by WPMU DEV. Currently, this plugin has more than 1 million active installations.
This is the most popular plugin and its customer rating is also good. Smush has it free and pro both the version. The free version also has multiple features which you can use to optimize and compress your images in WordPress.
Bulk Smush, Let’s first start with this feature. I guess you know how to install plugins. If not you can go through this article:
This is an amazing feature of the smush plugin. You can optimize and compress your images in bulk. When you install and activate, by default you may get the Bulk Smush option on the plugin area.
If not, simply you just need to go Smush>Bulk smush on the left sidebar menu. Now you will have a Bluk smush screen. There will be mentioned that how many attachments need bulk smushing.
You just need to click on BULK SMUSH NOW. It will take few moments to complete the process.
Lazy load is a very useful feature of the smush plugin. With this feature, your page loads faster. It also fixes defer offscreen images.
There are multiple settings for which you choose for the lazy load. Some of these are the following.
- Media Type – You can choose the media types for lazy load.
- Output Location – By defauly smush plugin lazy load all the imagaes available on your site. But you have the option to choose them. Four option are their to select or deselect- Content, Widgets, Post Thumbnail, Gravatars.
- Display and Animation – There are some predisplay option, which you can choose.
- Include/Exclude – You can choose the post types.
- Scripts – You can set this option also.
- Native lazy load – you can enable or disable native lazy load.
Another feature of the smush plugin is Directory Smush. As you may know that smush will compress and optimize images of your WordPress site. But with this feature, you can also smush non-WordPress images.
in this way, you can smush images that are not available in your upload directory. Menas Smush plugin is useful to smush non-WordPress images also.
Pro versions of the Smush plugin provide you more features. If you want to opt for some advanced features of this plugin, you can go for PRO.
Some of the features of the PRO version are following.
- Super-smush lossy compression.
- Local WebP
- Compress Original Images
- Copy Full size Images.
- Auto-Convert PNGs to JPGs
Whenever you install and activate the smush plugin, complete all the settings. There are multiple settings in the smush plugin, if you don’t need some of them, you can deactivate them.
I have tried my best to explain the smush plugin in few words. There are multiple features in the smush plugin including the pro version. This is one of the best image optimization and compress plugins that I know.
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