How to Reduce Photo File Sizes to Speed Up Your Website (Part 1) Video Transcript:
So one of the ways to make your website load faster is to reduce the photo file sizes that you have on your website. So I’m going to show you how to do that in this video. Okay so in our past videos we showed you how to test your website or speed test to make sure that it’s operating as fast as possible pace but I’m going to show you some plugins that’s going to really help you with making your website faster. So one of the plugins outside of the box when you download WordPress is WP Super Cache. It’s already in your plugins so make sure that it’s activated and if you don’t have it you can just add it to your plugins.
The other thing I want to recommend is called WP Smush.It. So go ahead and type in “wp smush.it” and you’ll want to put w smush dot it. So that’s the first one that shows up. Go ahead and install this and basically what this plugin does is it checks all of your images that are inside your media and it compresses it so that way your media files are smaller. So if you go to Media files on the top left and you click on it you’re going to see all of these images that you currently have. and you’re going to see this column that says ‘Smush.it’ and it says “this is currently not processed. Smush.it now”.
If I were to basically click on this button the plugin I installed will basically compress the files so the image file is smaller. It takes less time for that website to download because it reduces the images file size. So as you can see it reduces it by 5.4%. Now I can actually click this bulk action and click “BULK SMUSH.IT” and it’s going to basically smush all of of my files so that way it can be compressed. So it says “processing, this has been smushed, all of these have been smushed” and it’s currently trying to process the rest of these. As soon as this is done I’ll continue.
Okay as you can see the smush.it file has finished the processing, let’s go back to the media images and see how this has been compressed. As you can see some images will be able to smush further than others. Some will be 5% reduction, maybe 1%, 2%, 3%. This one is actually reduced by almost 20%. So it’s worth trying to smush as many files as possible. This one is reduced by 32%. So this all is just space. This is all trying to reduce your file size like I said, every little bit counts because when we’re talking about download speed, one second, one and half seconds could be the difference between someone checking out your website or bouncing. So I hope you guys enjoyed this video about WP Smush.it and how to reduce your photo file sizes to speed up your website. I’ll see you guys in the next one.