Free Image Compression Tools to Boost Website Speed

Optimize your WordPress, Joomla or any other website images to
make your website load faster to boost search engine

Interesting stats by HTTP Archive  shows average web page size is
2.4 MB and images contribute 64% of it.

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


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 in 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.


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. 


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.


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 within your
WordPress, so whenever you upload the images, optimization will
take place.

1. EWWW Image

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.


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.


It processes JPEG, PNG and GIF formats.

3. Optimus

Optimus by KeyCDN helps to 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.


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


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

Joomla Extensions

Following extensions are free to use so go ahead and try out to
see which works for you.

1. Imgen

Dynamically resize your images, and this free plugin also helps
you add a watermark. Another fantastic feature of Imgen is you can encode the image path, so
you don’t reveal the original path.

2. Image Recycle

Image Recycle is a popular
Joomla extension which helps you to optimize images and PDF
files. You can compress automatically newly uploaded images and
also the existing one. You have the option to define the
optimization level for media type.

3. EIR

Easy Image
Resizer  resizes the resolution of an image uploaded
through media manager. It leverages the service by
for compressions.

4. Prizm Image

Prize Image helps to strip
metadata from JPEG, convert between progressive and sequential
JPEG, optimize PNG & GIF without losing quality. This
plugin integrates with Prizm Image API for the compression.


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

And, if you are looking for not just image but entire website
optimization then you may consider using CDN like SUCURI .


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