How to Setup the Short Pixel Image Optimiser

Posted OnApr 12, 2015     CategoryImages, Plugins     CommentsNo comment

The second step in the guide to the Short Pixel WordPress Plugin guide will show you how to set up your plugin, from getting an API Key, reading stats, and more.

Step 1) Login to the WordPress Dashboard.

Step 2) From the Admin Panel, choose Settings >> Short Pixel. On the settings screen, you will be asked to enter an API key. If you already have one, enter it into the box shown below and hit the Validate button. Otherwise, hit the Sign up, it’s free link underneath to be taken to the sign up page on


Step 3) On the Short Pixel page, scroll down until you find the box Your E-Mail. Enter you email address here and you will be sent your API key in a matter of seconds. You can also choose whether or not to subscribe to the Short Pixel newsletter, too.


Step 4) Head back to the Admin Panel of your website and back to Settings >> ShortPixel. Copy and paste the API key into the box provided and then click on the Validate button. This will bring up the rest of your settings, and the stats section.


Step 5) The next step is to choose the compressions type, between Lossy and Lossless. The latter is better for technical drawings, sketches clip art and comics because it keeps 100% to the original image. The previous option is not 100% identical, and is therefore better for photos taken from your camera.


Step 6) Using the two boxes below, you can choose whether or not to apply compression to image thumbnails (which are smaller files anyway), and to save and keep a backup of the original images in a separate folder, in case you delete the plugin or want to use the images somewhere else. Save Changes when you are finished. We will take a look at the Bulk Process in the next section of the guide.


Step 7) At the bottom of the settings page, you will find your Short Pixel stats, including no. of processes files, disk space and bandwidth saved, and more. You can also choose to empty all backups which have been stored from the original images at any time by hitting the button marked Empty Backups at the bottom of the page.


The final step in the plugin guide will show you how to use the Bulk Image tool, that will reduce the file size of all your images at once.

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