Through my Shortpixel image Optimizer Review, I can say Shortpixel is the best image compressor plugin for WordPress among what I have used before it. Because it has one-time purchase plans, free 100 image credits every month, Less expensive, excellent image compression ratio and excellent image quality after compression.
Before it, I have used EWWW Image Optimizer and Smush it. They are good. But expensive compared to ShortPixel(50% Extra Image Credits). I found little bit quality difference in the image after compression with EWWW. But I am very much satisfied with the image quality and compression ratio with ShortPixel.
What is the use of the Image compression?
Before going into the Shortpixel Image Optimizer review, I will tell you the importance of Image compression. As a blogger, You must use screenshots or free stock images from Shutterstock or StockUnlimited. When you use more images, your website page size will be getting more. When page size is more, your page load speed will be less. So that Google may give less ranking to your post.
If you have 5 images of 250KB each. Only images contribute 750KB to your post and the entire post size may become up to 1MB. If you use Shortpixel plugin, each image size will become up to 50KB or less. So your entire page size comes under 300KB. It may load very quickly than the actual one.
When your page loads quickly, you have good chance to get the top ranking. It also advised using the fastest web host servers like Siteground(60% Discounted link) or Bluehost(60% discounted link) to get the good website speed to improve your ranking.
I need to mention that Resizing image is different than compressing the image.
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Let us continue with my Shortpixel image Optimizer Review.
Shortpixel Image Optimizer Review
I have been using it for a long time. I made a good decision for switching to Shortpixel. It automatically compresses the image after uploading to your WordPress post editor.
Features of Shortpixel
It has the impressive features list.
- Lossy, Lossless, and Glossy compression options. The glossy option is the best for photographers.
- It can save the original images in a separate folder. If you want, at any time you can restore the original image.
- Option to remove EXIF tag.
- It can resize the image to predefined width and height. If you don’t want, you can uncheck that option.
- Bulk image optimization will help you to compress all existing images.
- Quick installation process. You can use it within 10 minutes.
- It can compress JPEG, PNG, Retina images and PDF also.
- It can convert PNG to JPEG if you need.
- It can generate WebP versions of the images if you want.
- You can exclude certain images based on patterns.
- It automatically optimizes image while uploading to the media library.
- Supports unlimited websites. You can use single API Key on as many websites as you want. At present, I am using it on two websites.
The best part is, this will give you 100 free image credits every month. It does not have the free version or premium version. You will get all premium features for free up to 100 image credits for every month. BlogVwant readers get special 50% more credits. You will get 150 free image credits per month through this discounted link.
Plans, Pricing & Discount
It has monthly plans and one-time purchase plans. I recommend buying one-time purchase plans. Because image credits will not expire. You can use one-time purchase plans credits in your lifetime.
BlogVwant readers get 50% more credits in every plan. You can also check BlogVwants Shortpixel discount coupon page for the latest offers.
Shortpixel monthly plans(50% more image credits) pricing and image credits will be shown in below screenshot. Remember they are discounted image credits. Actual pricing and image credits may be different.
IF you don’t use your credits in a month, they will be expired. It is the reason I suggest one-time purchase plans.
One-time purchase plans
Shortpixel one-time purchase plans (50% more image credits) pricing and image credits are shown in below screenshot. They are also special credits for BlogVwant readers. Actual image credits will be different.
I have bought $99 plan and I have got only 170K image credits plus 100 free images per month. You are lucky enough to get 255000 image credits just for $99 plus 150 image credits for every month. Your purchased image credits will be used only after expiration of your free credits. 255000 image credits will never be expired. You can use them in your lifetime. You can use them on all your websites.
Compression ratio & Image quality after Compression
I have seen that it compressed my images up to 80%. Of course, it depends on the image and colors in the image. But you will definitely get the very high compression ratio. I did not find any quality difference
Usually, you may find little bit quality difference after compression with other plugins. I found the neglegible quality difference in the image after compression with Shortpixel. Image quality is amazing even after compression. You can check all images in this blog for the quality.
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How to Use Shortpixel
It is very easy to use Shortpixel. You don’t even have to spend 10 minutes to start using it.
Free signup to Shortpixel(50% more image credits link) using your Email. If you update your blog rarely, You need not purchase any plan. You can use your free image credits. But I prefer buying one-time purchase plans by going into plans section.
You might easily use free image credits. One image credit is not equal to one image. When you upload one image to your WordPress, WordPress will generate four to five images with different sizes. Shortpixel will count every image size. That is the reason why they call image credits not images.
After logging into Shortpixel dashboard, click on API Key in the left menu. you will find API Key. Copy this key.
Login to your WordPress dashboard. Go to Plugins -> Add New. Install the Shortpixel Image Optimizer plugin.
Go to Settings -> Shortpixel from your WordPress dashboard. Paste the APY Key under General Tab. Click on Validate.
I recommend you to select Compression type as Lossy. It will give you good compression level. Even though it is lossy compression, you will not find the loss in the image quality.
My remaining settings are shown below. If you want, you can change them according to your need.
You need to select Save and Go to Bulk Process option which will compress all your existing images.
I suggest you go to Advanced section and select below options
- Optimize retina images.
- Optimize PDF.
- Optimize Media on Upload.
The last option is very important. After selecting the last option. You need nothing to do with this plugin. It will automatically compress all your images when you upload to Media.
You must use image compressor plugin to get better speed. Shortpixel is definitely the best one to use.