How many times have you visited website which loads more than few seconds? Those seconds in your mind probably last like minutes.
What do you do? I think the answer to that question is very obvious. You leave!
Now think for a moment if your site has the same problem. Maybe you are too losing visitors and valuable leads and conversions.
What’s the point of spending all the time and effort of doing SEO, if your site takes too much time to load?
Images take up to 80% of website page weight. This is why good optimization can speed up your page loading.
Google has openly stated that websites which load fast have a better chance of getting a higher search engine rank.
Not only is a fast loading website good for search engines, but it is also an important factor for user experience.
Studies has proven that a slow website can cause you more harm than good. It is known fact that about 25% of users leave your website after 4 seconds of page loading.
Since most websites rely on images, uncompressed and large images play a big role in slowing down a website. This is why optimizing and compressing your images should be your major concern.
There are many tools available that let you compress and optimize images and other related media on your website. One such tool is ImageRecycle.
ImageRecycle lets you optimize not just images but even PDF files. It also supports many CMS, including our beloved WordPress from which standpoint I will dissect this tool.
ImageRecycle is not anything new or innovative. WordPress users are probably mostly aware of WP Smush and EWWW.
Basic idea of those plugins is to optimize and compress your images, so that file sizes are reduced, page load times improved, and the quality is not compromised.
ImageRecycle comes with basic features like most other image compression plugins for WordPress.
But it also posses its own set of unique features that are not found in many of its competitors.
Most importantly, ImageRecycle is also PDF optimizer. Yes, it can compress PDF files too. Now this is something you don’t seen often.
As a Pro user of ImageRecycle, you can also resize images and optimize entire pages with the help of CSS parsing.
Pro users also get to restore original images if they want (with a one month retention period).
ImageRecycle has a WordPress plugin, and is integrated with various other platforms like Joomla, Magento and Shopify.
If also offers integration API for languages such as Python, Node.js, Ruby and JAVA.
The mode of operation for setting ImageRecycle on WordPress site is simple. You just install and activate the plugin, enter your API key info, and you are ready to go!
Be noted, you need to register a free trial account ( 15 days) or use and existing account. If you already have an account, just login, your API will be filled automatically.
If you have sub-accounts registered on your ImageRecycle account, you can pickup one of them instead. Sub-account number is not limited.
Each sub-account has a dedicated quota you can define. They are good way to use ImageRecycle on more than one site.
You can create one sub-account for each website on which you intend to use ImageRecycle.
Under ImageRecycle settings you can specify which folders the plugin should look into for finding images to optimize.
You can also specify maximum and minimum file size for images that the plugin should deal with.
For example, if an image size is below 10 KB you may set that it doesn’t need not be compressed further.
Other settings include option to specify the compression type for each file type: PDF, GIF, PNG and JPG. You get to choose from original quality, no compression or best compression saving.
If wanted, you can enable option to resize images too.
Once you set it up, you can just forget it and let it do its work automatically.
To access to the plugin optimization interface click on Media > ImageRecycle.
You can optimize already existing images and PDF one by one or use the “Optimize all” button to apply a compression on several elements.
The bulk optimization will run the process on all your content in background. It means that you can work with WordPress during this time and you’ll get email once it’s done if you have enabled that option in plugin settings.
All media will be placed in queue and you’ll get an estimation of the time remaining.
You can also revert to original if needed during the backup storage time (1 month).
After optimization or during the restoration, images will be replaced on your server automatically.
New images are automatically optimized on upload if you’ve set the plugin to optimize this file format.
The plugin includes few ways to find images you intend to compress. You can sort images based on latest uploaded, the heaviest… or use the top filtering tools to filter by status, file type or dates.
In the global configuration you can select which folder you want to optimize. If you’re using 3rd party plugins that store images or pdf in root folder you can force optimization for them aswell.
If you uncheck a folder, optimization won’t be applied in the folder.
Quality options can be defined per content type. For example, if you want to disable PDF optimization to keep original quality for print, you can select No compression for PDF compression parameter.
The plugin is highly configurable and you can choose media from any folder on your server. It will work with all third-party plugins including WooCommerce.
The plugin will send your media on cloud optimizer, then replace the original image with the optimized image.
Yes, backup of your original files will be kept for one month on a dedicated storage server. You can revert your original files in one click during that month.
Best saving has a better compression level than lossless compression. But the resulting image is not 100% identical with the original even if most of the time it’s not visible.
You can exclude some media from optimization with a server folder exclusion.
Yes. From the website you can create free and unlimited sub-accounts with, if you want, a limited quota. Or you can just use your main account key and secret on all your website.
The ImageRecycle server encryption doesn’t allow anyone to access your media..
Yes, the pdf & image optimization will be done without interfering with the CDN.
Yes, there shouldnt be any problems
It’s highly important in WordPress to make an image optimization. When you upload an image, 4 images are generated and stored on your server: a thumbnail, medium, large and original sized images.
Some plugins can add their own image size for specific layouts like WooCommerce.
ImageRecycle costs 10$ for 1 GB of content that can be compressed. Bigger plans are available at 20$ for 3 GB, and 50$ for 50 GB. There are other plans too for people who need more or you can request custom quotes.
All plans are one time payment for one year and include all extensions and plugins for different CMSs, professional support, and other goodies.
Pricing plans for image optimization are one of the best ones I have ever seen. Especially taking into consideration competition which mostly charges per month.
ImageRecycle does seem like a very unique service, especially because it is one of the very few ones out there that can work with PDFs (I don’t know any other WordPress plugin which can reduce PDF size).
The fact that it integrates well with many different platforms adds another point to ImageRecycle. Existing documentation contains guides with screenshots for integrations with different CMS and usage across other website tools.
ImageRecycle crew says that their jpg, png, gif optimization algorithm is capable of reducing the image size by up to 85% (5x +), while the resulting photos are visually identical to the originals.
And I think there are not far from truth.
Taking all this into consideration I recommend trying ImageRecycle for WordPress owners or for everyone that need PDF optimizer.
Price is fair, basic and some unique features are available so there is no excuse to at least take opportunity and try trial version as no credit card input is needed.
From compress performance stand of point I can’t really say how this plugin compares to others. I intend to do comparison from that stand too and will update this post then.
UPDATE: PDF report feature has been added to ImageRecycle homepage. You basically get a free analyze and report of your website.
Now over to you dear reader. Let me know in comments below what tool or plugin do you use for your WordPress website compression needs!
It's highly important in WordPress to optimize images. When you upload an image, 4 images are generated and stored on your server. Some plugins can add their own image size for specific layouts like WooCommerce. Image optimization with ImageRecycle plugin is automatic and reduces your page weight by up to 80%.
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