Optimize Your WordPress Images

Use great free online tool to optimize your images before you upload them and insert them to your wordpress post.

If you care about loading speed of your blog or website, it means you also care about your visitors.

Not to forget it will give you benefit, more spare space in your webserver for images or other things to upload.

Our blog visitors can be from a country where their internet speed is not too fast enough to download images and other content of our sites.

One of many ways to do site-performance optimization is optimize your images, can be in jpeg, gif files, etc, with Smush it tool from Yahoo! Developer Network. What it will do is resizing the size of these images.

Steps to use smush.it:

1.Prepare the images you want to upload and insert to your wordpress post.

2.Go to; http://www.smushit.com/ysmush.it/

3. Click “Uploader” tab.

Uploader button.

4. Choose your images that you want to compress, you can upload more than one, use your shift key.

5. It will begin to be size-reduced.

6. Once it is finished, it will show you how many bytes or kb and precentages you save.

Your images size will be reduced.

7. Click the “Download” to download the smushed images back to your computer, and you can use them for your wordpress posts. Don’t forget to trash the original images.

Tips: Clicking the “keep directory structure in zip file” can be useful if you want to compress images from a folder.

Darn simple :)

Share the knowledge
Share on Google+0Tweet about this on TwitterShare on Facebook0Pin on Pinterest0Share on Reddit0Email this to someonePrint this page


  1. Mitch says

    Now this was intriguing. I wish there was a program to use instead of having to go to a website to use their tool. Thanks for sharing!

    • says

      Hey Mitch,

      Yeah it is an online tool, sometimes quite annoying because whenever i create a post even some ads banner i have to compress first.

      Though you can use imageoptim if you use mac. It is a program to compress png file.

      Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment Mitch :)

      • Mitch says

        No problem. And I don’t have a Mac, so I figure this isn’t quite for me right now. But someone might enjoy it.

        • says

          Hi Mitch,

          I still use yahoo smush it too, it needs a bit work, but i don’t really mind it, since my uploaded images can be optimized for free :D

          Thanks for visiting.

        • Felix says

          Its not necessary to required a mac YOU can do with any others, just follow the above information it will help directly

  2. says

    There is a plugin for wordpress I use that runs images through smush.it seems to work ok. I installed it, then installed ajax rebuild thumbnails which ran all my images through it so I didn’t need to do them one by one. seemed to work fine

    • says


      Thanks for this useful info, haven’t heard, and will definitely try this plugin, sounds very useful.

      Yes it is so much hassle to always upload to YSmush it :-)