Get Blazing Fast Load Times With the All New WP Smush and Slay All the Megabytes!

Get Blazing Fast Load Times With the All New WP Smush and Slay All the Megabytes!

Since we re-launched WP Smush this time last year, our Smush servers have compressed a whopping 3 billion images. That’s a hell of a lot of cat pics!

Since WP Smush Pro was launched we’ve added sooo much new stuff. Head over to the project page to check out all the new features! Check out WP Smush Pro

Every day we smush images on more than 24,000 different WordPress sites, at peak times smushing 200+ images per second without breaking a sweat. All up, we’ve saved users a total of 10,915GB – that’s more than four times the size of the Panama Papers!

This time last year, WP Smush was active on 200,000+ WordPress installs. This year? That number has doubled to 500,000+ active installs, easily making it the most popular image compression plugin for WordPress.

If you’re new to WP Smush, or looking to learn new tricks, in this post I’m going to walk you through the brand new version of the plugin’s features – including its brand new UX redesign! – and show you what you’re missing out on if you haven’t already installed WP Smush.

Stop! It's compression time!
Stop! It’s compression time!

WP Smush Features

With the free version of WP Smush, you can compress images up to 1MB, plus all these super easy to use features:

Smash the size of your images and bulk smush all of them in one go.
Smash the size of your images and bulk smush all of them in one go.

Bulk Smush

Why compress images one at a time when you can bulk smush hundreds of images in one go?

With WP Smush, you can smush every image in your media library with one click, all without annoying timeouts. You can even set automated smushing so your images are automatically compressed when they are uploaded to your website.

Smush your images one at a time.
Smush your images one at a time.

Smush Images Individually

Individually smush your images directly in the media library for precision control over your compression needs.

When you smush an image, WP Smush even displays some handy stats so you can see how many bytes you’ve saved.

Save your EXIF data so you have your camera settings on hand.
Save your EXIF data so you have your camera settings on hand.

Preserve Image EXIF Data

Want to save the camera settings you used when you took that shot? WP Smush can save your EXIF data, including focal length, data, time, and location information when you compress your images. Or, if you don’t want to keep it because it makes images files larger, you can tell WP Smush to dump it.

WP Smush Pro Features

When you upgrade to WP Smush Pro, you’re ready for some serious smushing.

And I don’t need to convince you of the benefits of image compression. Everyone and his dog knows that compressing helps make your site run faster, it also saves you server space and ensures visitors to your site can load your pages quickly.

Smush huuuge images.
Smush huuuge images.

Smush Images up to 32MB

Whether you’re a photographer or simply have large-dimension image needs, WP Smush Pro can compress any image up to 32MB.

Worried about timeouts? Don’t. Our Smush servers process 200+ images per second so you don’t have to worry about timeouts.

Super smush and squeeze even more bytes out of your images.
Super smush and squeeze even more bytes out of your images.

Super Smush for Double the Compression

With our intelligent multi-pass lossy compression, you can get up to 10x more compression than lossless with almost no noticeable quality loss. WP Smush Pro uses advanced compression techniques to trim unnecessary data that the human eye won’t miss, making images as small as possible.

If loss isn’t your thing, WP Smush Pro will squeeze every extra byte out of your images by trying multiple lossless techniques.

Don't forget about the original copies of your images! You can choose what to do with them, too.
Don’t forget about the original copies of your images! You can choose what to do with them, too.

Compress Original Full-Size Images

WP Smush Pro only compresses the cropped and resized images WordPress automatically generates when you upload an image.

If you want to smush the original copies of your images, activate this setting to save even more space on your server.

It's better to be safe than sorry.
It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Make a Copy of Your Original Images

Keep an original, uncompressed copy of every image you upload to your media library just in case you want to restore any of your images in the future. It’s worth keeping in mind that holding onto your originals can blow out the size of your uploads folder, just saying.

Easily restore the original copies of your images at any time.
Easily restore the original copies of your images at any time.

Backup All Smushed Images

Save your original full-size un-smushed un-compressed images so you can restore them at any time in the future. WP Smush Pro comes with an easy to use backup feature – just turn on the setting! – giving you peace of mind.

Because sometimes it’s better to be safe than sorry.

How to Use WP Smush

Since the free version of WP Smush is a piece of cake to set up and get started using right away, I’m going to walk you through how to use WP Smush Pro. It’s also a cinch to use, but this way you’ll be able to see how all the premium features work in the backend of the plugin.

1. Download, Install, and Activate

The easiest way to get hold of WP Smush is with our WPMU DEV Dashboard plugin. Just install the Dashboard plugin and go to WPMU DEV > Plugins in the backend of your site and search for “smush.” From the Plugins screen, you can quickly and easily install and activate WP Smush Pro.

If you don’t have the Dashboard plugin already installed, do it now – you’ll need to login to your WPMU DEV account and connect to our Smush API in the backend of your site so you can connect to our smushing servers.

After installing the WP Smush Pro, you’ll be automatically redirected to the welcome screen.

The WP Smush Pro welcome screen.
The WP Smush Pro welcome screen.

Automatic smushing is enabled off the bat, so all new images you upload to your media library will be automagically compressed.

At the moment, I don’t have any images on my website so WP Smush Pro has displayed a friendly message letting me know that it can smush any images I upload in future.

If you do have existing images in your media library, you’ll get this message instead:

Images need to be smushed!
Images need to be smushed!

2. Bulk Smush Now

WP Smush Pro lets you bulk smush your images off the bat so you don’t have to mess around compressing your images individually.

When you click Bulk Smush Now, the plugin will set to work squeezing every unnecessary byte out of your images.

Hit Bulk Smush Now and WP Smush Pro will get on with compressing your images.
Hit Bulk Smush Now and WP Smush Pro will get on with compressing your images.

3. Smushing Stats

As soon as you start smushing your images, WP Smush Pro will display some handy stats to let you know just how much you’ve saved by compressing your plugins, including the total percentage size reductions, how much you’ve saved in megabytes, how many images you’ve smushed, and how many images you’ve super smushed.

WP Smush provides stats so you can keep track of what you've compressed and how much you've saved.
WP Smush provides stats so you can keep track of what you’ve compressed and how much you’ve saved.

4. WP Smush Pro Settings

The premium version of WP Smush offers some more advanced settings that you can turn on and off to control how you want to compress and store the images in your media library.

Rather than run your through the settings, here they are, complete with explanations:

The full list of WP Smush Pro settings.
The full list of WP Smush Pro settings.

5. Individually Smush Images

If you would prefer not to bulk smush all of your images, you can choose to individually compress your images so you can pick and choose which images you want to smush and which images you want to keep in their original state. (Though don’t forget you can choose in the settings to both make a copy of your original images or turn off the option to smush the original copies of your images.)

To individually smush images:

  • Go to Media > Library
  • Select an image
  • To the right of the image, click Smush Now
  • individual compression stats for the image you have just smushed will be displayed

Try Smush for Free

We’ve just given both the free and premium versions of WP Smush a fantastic new UI redesign, making both plugins even easier and more enjoyable to use.

Try the free version of WP Smush today and compress images up to 1MB, or, even better, join WPMU DEV for a free 14-day trial and try WP Smush Pro for free, too, and compress images up to 32MB.

WP Smush Pro is the fastest, easiest and best-performing image compression plugin for WordPress – and is free for WPMU DEV membersStart Smushing

Do you smush? If you’ve used WP Smush or WP Smush Pro, we’d love to read your feedback in the comments below.