Online Image-Optimization Tools You Can Use with WordPress - dummies

Online Image-Optimization Tools You Can Use with WordPress

By Lisa Sabin-Wilson

You can use image programs to compress your image files as much as possible without losing image quality for your WordPress site. However, what do you do when clients ask how they can compress their images, but don’t have access to the same type of software as you?

Your clients will use their WordPress website to upload photographs and images within their blog posts and pages, and you can advise them on a few easy online tools to help them compress the images to keep their website load time down as much as possible.

Here are a few nifty, free, online, image optimization tools that you and your clients can use:

  • Dynamic Drive: This tool lets you input the web address of the image you want to compress, or upload an image from your computer. The image optimizer lets you choose what type of image you want — PNG, GIF, or JPG — or you can choose all three. After this tool gives you the optimized, compressed images, you can save them to your computer to use on your website later.

  • Yahoo! This tool lets you upload an image from your computer or enter the URL of the image, and it optimizes and compresses the image to make it available for you to download. also reports on the results of the image compression by telling you, in percentages, how much it was able to smush, or compress, your image.

  • Image Optimizer: Image Optimizer is another free online service that compresses and resizes your images in a downloadable format for you to use on your website. It’s also available as an application that you can download to your computer so you can use it locally, rather than using the Image Optimizer website to compress your images.

  • Web Resizer: The web Resizer tool does the same as the previous tools, allowing you to upload an image that it compresses and then makes available for download to your computer. This tool also provides other image-editing tools like resizing, cropping, adding borders, and changing the tint and contrast of the image.