How to Use WP Smush.It to Compress Images for a Faster Website

Posted OnDec 10, 2014     CategoryPlugins     CommentsNo comment

Hello and welcome to the guide to the WP Smush.It WordPress Plugin, which is a cool plugin that reduces the file size of your images so that they don’t take up as much space on your site and therefore improve the performance of your website by relieving your servers of excess weight using the Smush.it API within WordPress.

Step 1) Login to the WordPress Dashboard.

Step 2) From the Admin Panel, click on Plugins.

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Step 3) From the Installed Plugins page, click on Add New at the top of the page. Alternatively, click on Add New from the dropdown menu under Plugins on the sidebar.

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Step 4) On the Add Plugins page, type in the name of your plugin in the search box on the right hand side, at the top of the page.

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Step 5) From the Search Results page, scroll down to your chosen plugin and click the button marked Install Now. If you would like to learn more about your plugin, click the blue link marked More Details

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Step 6) The plugin is now installed and unpacked into your website. The last thing to do now is click Activate Plugin

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Step 7) Once activated, you will be redirected to the Installed Plugins page. From here, you can read all the info about your plugins, and deactivate and delete it if you no longer need it. You can also Upgrade to get a host of other benefits, as detailed below.

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Step 8) Head to Media >> WP Smush to find the Settings page. You can upgrade here, but the main feature free plugin users will need is the Auto-Smush Images on Upload. If you tick this box, any new images you upload will automatically be compressed. If you leave it unticked, you will have to do this yourself by hitting the button marked Smush It that you’ll find next to your image in your Library.

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Step 9) Further down the page, you can use the Smush in Bulk feature, which will compress the file size of 50 of the images in your Library at once (or more if you have upgraded). Hit the Bulk Smush Now button to get started.

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Step 10) A green bar will show the progress of your bulk smush, and highlight how much your image files have been reduced when the smush has been completed.

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Step 11) Go to Media >> Library to see all of your images. The bar on the far-right will show you how much your images have been reduced by due to using the Smush tool, and which ones have already been compressed.

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Step 12) After you have uploaded a new image (and this depends on whether you have ticked the box for the auto-smush upload feature in Step 8) to your Media Library, head to Media >> Library and find the image. There will be a button marked Smush Now.  Hit that to compress your image file size.

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This concludes the guide to making your website faster by compressing images using the WP Smush.It WordPress Plugin.

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