Best image compression plugins for WordPress

This is a list of the best image compression plugins for WordPress, and the ones I personally recommend.

Image compression plugins

  1. ShortPixel
  2. Imagify
  3. Optimus Image Optimizer
  4. EWWW Image Optimizer
  5. Squoosh

1. ShortPixel

I currently utilize ShortPixel on all of my sites. A lot of the featured images here on woorkup are SVGs, saved to PNGs, and then optimized with ShortPixel.


Another reason I use ShortPixel is for it’s .webp conversion. WebP is an even smaller file format that Google originally developed. For example, the featured image on this post is under 2 KB! That’s pretty awesome.

While they do have a free version, you will most likely need to buy some credits. But don’t worry, they are very affordable! For example, you can get 10,000 image credits for $9.99 or 30,000 for $20.00.

Download ShortPixel

2. Imagify

Imagify is created by the team over at WP Rocket. If you are looking for a plugin that does good lossy compression, this a great one! It is a premium plugin, but works super fast and has three compression levels. You won’t be disappointed.

Download Imagify

If you are using Imagify, I recommend the “Aggressive” compression setting. This seems to be the sweet spot between file size and quality.

Imagify aggressive image compression
Imagify aggressive image compression

3. Optimus Image Optimizer

Optimus Image Optimizer is another awesome image compression plugin for WordPress. It offers lossless image compression and conversion to Google’s WebP format. The premium version of the plugin allows you an unlimited number of compressions.

Download Optimus Image Optimizer

4. EWWW Image Optimizer

EWWW Image Optimizer is my fourth favorite image compression plugin for WordPress. It has both lossless and lossy compression options.

Download EWWW Image Optimizer

5. Squoosh

Squoosh is a free online image compression tool from the team at Google. WordPress plugins don’t always compress really large images the best, so this is a great additional tool to use.

Visit Squoosh

Any other good image compression plugins for WordPress that we missed? Feel free to mention them below.

Brian Jackson

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