Reduce image file sizes and improve performance for images within WordPress including NextGEN Gallery. Uses jpegtran, optipng, and gifsicle.
|Author:||Shane Bishop (profile at wordpress.org)|
|WordPress version required:||4.6|
|WordPress version tested:||4.9|
|Added to WordPress repository:||07-06-2012|
|Total downloads:||6 386 287|
|Active installs:||500 000+|
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Plugin settings page.
Additional optimize column added to media listing. You can see your savings, manually optimize individual images, and restore originals (converted only).
Bulk optimization page. You can optimize all your images at once and resume a previous bulk optimization. This is very useful for existing blogs that have lots of images.
- Upload the “ewww-image-optimizer” plugin to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
- Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
- Ensure jpegtran, optipng, pngout and gifsicle are installed on your Linux server (basic installation instructions are below if they are not). You will receive a warning when you activate the plugin if they are not present. This message will go away once you have them installed.
- The plugin will attempt to install jpegtran, optipng, and gifsicle automatically for you. This requires that the wp-content folder is writable by the user running the web server.
- If the automatic install did not work, find the appropriate binaries for your system in the ewww-image-optimizer plugin folder, copy them to wp-content/ewww/ and remove the OS “tag” (like -linux or -fbsd). No renaming is necessary on Windows, just copy the .exe files to the wp-content/ewww folder. IMPORTANT: Do not symlink or modify the binaries in any way, or they will not pass the security checks. If you transfer files via FTP, be sure to transfer in binary mode, not ascii or text.
- If the binaries don’t run locally, you can sign up for the EWWW IO cloud service to run them via our optimization servers: https://ewww.io/plans/
- Recommended Visit the settings page to enable/disable specific tools and turn on advanced optimization features.
If these steps do not work, additional documentation is available at http://docs.ewww.io. If you need further assistance using the plugin, please visit our Support Page. The forums are community supported only.
To find out if your webhost works with the EWWW Image Optimizer, you can check the official list.
Google Pagespeed says my images need compressing or resizing, but I already optimized all my images. What do I do?
Try this for starters: http://docs.ewww.io/article/5-pagespeed-says-my-images-need-more-work
The plugin complains that I’m missing something, what do I do?
This article will walk you through installing the required tools (and the alternatives if installation does not work): http://docs.ewww.io/article/6-the-plugin-says-i-m-missing-something
Does the plugin replace existing images?
Yes, but only if the optimized version is smaller. The plugin should NEVER create a larger image.
Can I resize my images with this plugin?
Yes, you can, set it up on the Advanced tab.
Can I lower the compression setting for JPGs to save more space?
The lossy JPG optimization using TinyJPG and JPEGmini will determine the ideal quality setting and give you the best results, but you can also adjust the default quality for conversion and resizing. More information: http://docs.ewww.io/article/12-jpq-quality-and-wordpress
The bulk optimizer doesn’t seem to be working, what can I do?
What are the supported operating systems?
I’ve tested it on Windows (with Apache), Linux, Mac OSX, FreeBSD 9, and Solaris (v10). The cloud API will work on any OS.
How are JPGs optimized?
Lossless optimization is done with the command jpegtran -copy all -optimize -progressive -outfile optimized-file original-file. Optionally, the -copy switch gets the ‘none’ parameter if you choose to strip metadata from your JPGs on the options page. Lossy optimization is done using the outstanding TinyJPG and JPEGmini utilities.
How are PNGs optimized?
There are three parts (and all are optional). First, using the command pngquant original-file, then using the commands pngout-static -s2 original-file and optipng -o2 original-file. You can adjust the optimization levels for both tools on the settings page. Optipng is an automated derivative of pngcrush, which is another widely used png optimization utility. EWWW I.O. Cloud uses TinyPNG for 10% better lossy compression than standalone pngquant.
How are GIFs optimized?
Using the command gifsicle -b -O3 –careful original file. This is particularly useful for animated GIFs, and can also streamline your color palette. That said, if your GIF is not animated, you should strongly consider converting it to a PNG. PNG files are almost always smaller, they just don’t do animations. The following command would do this for you on a Linux system with imagemagick: convert somefile.gif somefile.png
I want to know more about image optimization, and why you chose these options/tools.
That’s not a question, but since I made it up, I’ll answer it. See these resources:
Pngout, TinyJPG/TinyPNG, JPEGmini, and Pngquant were recommended by EWWW IO users. Pngout (usually) optimizes better than Optipng, and best when they are used together. TinyJPG is the best lossy compression tool that I have found for JPG images. Pngquant is an excellent lossy optimizer for PNGs, and is one of the tools used by TinyPNG.
- Feature requests can be submitted via https://ewww.io/contact-us/ and commented on here: https://trello.com/b/Fp81dWof/ewww-image-optimizer
- If you would like to help translate this plugin in your language, get started here: https://translate.wordpress.org/projects/wp-plugins/ewww-image-optimizer/
- added: ExactDN with CDN and automatic image resizing
- added: image resize detection for admin users
- changed: WP core, theme, and plugin images are excluded from lossy optimization
- fixed: files fetched from S3 not detected by PHP in some cases
- fixed: option override conflict preventing webp conversion
- fixed: Alt WebP breaks Draw Attention image maps
- fixed: customized WP_Background_Process class conflicts with other plugins using the same class
- fixed: image deletion could cause deletion of images on source site after cloning database
- fixed: WebP .htaccess rules using REQUEST_FILENAME instead of REQUEST_URI does not work on some servers
- fixed: per-site resize settings hidden when API is active network-wide
- fixed: network-wide settings not saving properly
- fixed: notice of undefined index with some configurations of the Shield security plugin
- deprecated: PHP 5.3 support will be removed by March 2018
- fixed: bulk optimizer fails to initialize if the bulk_attachments array is set to an empty string
- fixed: misplaced parenthesis breaks option overrides
In an effort to simplify the settings page and make room for new features, many settings have been “hidden” and/or rearranged. It is my hope that this will make it easier for new users to get going with EWWW IO.
You can find more information about overriding options in the Documentation
* added: ability to override any boolean/integer options by defining constant of the same name
* added: debug information included automatically with help beacon requests when debugging is enabled
* added: use wp_raise_memory_limit (WP 4.6+) to avoid memory issues
* added: use wp_is_ini_value_changeable (WP 4.6+) to avoid errors when raising max_execution_time
* added: notice to use cloud version on Kinsta sites
* changed: Better Lossless and Maximum Lossless have been combined for PNG images with more intelligent usage of advpng on the API
* changed: resize settings moved to new tab
* changed: various options have been removed from the settings page, but are still available via constants, see removals
* changed: bulk optimizer will auto-adjust settings if an image fails to optimize
* changed: bulk scanner will go into fall-back mode if the normal mode is too slow or if the image table takes longer than 5 seconds to load
* changed: images previously compressed by TinyPNG/JPG will be skipped during bulk optimization
* fixed: Optipng not working properly on Windows servers.
* fixed: notice on settings and bulk pages when debug mode is disabled
* removed: ewww_image_optimizer_delay (Bulk Delay), can be selected on the bulk page instead
* removed: ewww_image_optimizer_optipng_level (OptiPNG level) option
* removed: ewww_image_optimizer_pngout_level (PNGOUT level) option
* removed: ewww_image_optimizer_disable_pngout (Disable PNGOUT) option
* removed: ewww_image_optimizer_skip_size (Skip Small Images) option
* removed: ewww_image_optimizer_skip_png_size (Skip Large PNG Images) option
* removed: ewww_image_optimizer_lossy_skip_full (Exclude full-size images from lossy optimization) option
* removed: ewww_image_optimizer_metadata_skip_full (Exclude full-size images from metadata removal) option
* removed: ewww_image_optimizer_skip_bundle (Use System Paths) option
Please refer to the separate changelog.txt file.