10 Best Image Optimization Plugins to Speed Up Your WordPress Site

Optimizing your images not only helps your WordPress site load faster, but can also boost your SEO.

In Why Trying to Get 95+ on Google PageSpeed Insights for Your WordPress Site Will Drive You Mad! earlier this month, I looked at measures for improving page speed. One of these measures was the importance of optimizing images.

High resolution images that are unnecessarily large in file size can drastically slow down page speed. Why waste resources and time when it’s possible to reduce image size without losing it’s quality.

This round-up of plugins includes tools for compression and SEO. I’ve also thrown in a couple of lazy load plugins for good measure.


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WordPress Glossary Plugins: Unsexy but Super Useful

“When I first read the dictionary,” goes an old joke by comedian Steven Wright, “I thought it was a poem about everything.”

Part of what makes that joke funny, of course, is that dictionaries (and glossaries alike) get a bad rap for being nothing but boring old reference material. But boy are they useful when you need them.

Some sites seem to positively cry out for a glossary (i.e. a mini dictionary). And yet those that have them are few and far between.


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The WhiP Newsletter #10

Hello dear readers!

Blink and you’ll miss him. WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg will embark on a brief 18-day tour of Asia, Australia and New Zealand on Sunday in a bid to connect with local communities. Too bad only fanbois have managed to get tickets to his very limited and sold out meetups.

Education online. The Using WordPress In Higher Education Virtual Conference kicks off on May 29. There are a bunch of great speakers from institutions such as New York University and sites like BCcampus. Our very own Ronnie Burt will talk about the success of CampusPress.

The WhiP

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Download WPMU DEV’s FREE Appointments Plugin for WordPress

A free version of our popular Appointments + plugin is now available in the WordPress Plugin Repository.

Appointments is a powerful, flexible and feature-rich plugin that includes all the best bits of our premium offering, Appointments +.

Appointments lets you to accept, set and manage bookings on your WordPress site. Control your appointments all from the one place without forgetting or losing valuable bookings when switching between different calendar systems. Flexible and easy to set up, Appointments does it all.

Free Appointments plugin

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The WhiP Newsletter #9

Hello dear readers and welcome to a new working week!

Big bucks. Guess which tech company has paid out more than $180 million to designers and developers around the world, mostly for creating WordPress themes? And they’re planning to reward top designers with a trip into space.

What is a dev? Zé Fontainhas, known mostly for his work with WordPress Polyglots and WordCamps, has taken a swipe at WordPress folk and their “assumptions, a disease I see rampant in the WordPress community at large.” His post is a refreshing read about why you shouldn’t jump to conclusions about a person’s ability.

The WhiP

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Display Your WordPress Posts In A Facebook-Style Timeline

One sure fire way to make your WordPress site stand out from its competitors, is to be different. And if you can be different by using a technique that is already very familiar, then it can be a win-win situation.

Presenting your WordPress posts as a Facebook-style timeline is one such situation.

In this article we’ll walk-through how to implement a timeline on your WordPress site using the recently released Timeline Pro plugin.

A screengrab of the timeline

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Display Unique WordPress Headers Wherever You’d Like

Easy customization is the reason so many people choose to go with WordPress in the first place.

As there’s nearly nothing that stands out on your site as much as your header, being able to customize that element according to what category, Page, Post, or even tag page you’re on can make quite a significant impact.

If you’d like that type of control, then it’s easy enough to do.


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The WhiP Newsletter #8

Hello dear reader! bbBoring? The 2014 bbPress Survey results are out… and they’re not all that interesting. The majority of bbPress users speak English, are long-term bbPress users and have a WordPress install that relatively up-to-date. That’s pretty much it.

Not all pandas are cute and cuddly. MetaFilter has fired staff after a Google penalty severely hit the community weblog. Search Engine Land offers a fascinating analysis of what happened to the company.

The WhiP

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Meet the WPMU DEV Design Team – Plus a Sneak Peak at Our Upcoming WordPress Themes

Our design team is changing what you see at WPMU DEV. Meet the guys quietly pushing pixels behind the scenes – and working on some truly exciting new products.

There’s rarely a quiet moment when music isn’t playing at WPMU DEV headquarters.

The National, Nick Cave, Little Wings and – if UX Lead Joji Mori has his way – ’80s power ballads are on high rotation.

No doubt visitors to our office by the beach in Melbourne think our office is like a stereotypical internet startup, but in our office where more than half of the staff are designers, it’s more about fuelling their creativity.


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