The 3-Minute WordPress Image Optimization Guide (Load 60% Faster ⚡️)
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The 3-Minute WordPress Image Optimization Guide (Load 60% Faster ⚡️)

This is Ben from WP Answered, and in this video you’ll learn how to optimize the images on your WordPress website. You’ll start by creating an Optimole account, then install the Optimole plugin, and then finish by configuring the settings for optimal performance. When you’re done, you can expect your site to load up to 60% faster. Now, let’s get started. The first step is to create a free account with Optimole. Their WordPress plugin is free and has excellent reviews, but you need to create an account with them so you can get an API key. I have a link to their website in the description below. When you get to the homepage, click the “Sign up for free” button, and you’ll see the registration page. Enter your name and email, and click the “Get Started” button to create your account. You’ll be redirected to the dashboard and the only thing you need here is the API key, so copy the API key to your clipboard and let’s move on to the next step. With your Optimole account created and your API key ready to go, you’re ready to install the Optimole plugin. Log in to your WordPress site and in the dashboard, hover your mouse over the Plugins menu and click Add New. On the next page, use the search bar at the top right to search for “optimole” and you’ll see it show up right away. Click the Install Now button and wait just a moment for the installation to complete, and then you can click the Activate button. On the welcome page, click this button here so you can enter your API key and on the next screen, paste your API key into this field and then press “Connect to Optimole service.” Optimoles going to set itself up for compatibility with their site and then begin optimizing all of the images you’ve already uploaded to your Media Library. When it’s finished, you’ll see this screen, and now whenever you upload a new image to your site, Optimole optimize it automatically for you. If you have hundreds or thousands of images in your Media Library, it may take a while for the initial optimization to complete, but you can always log into your dashboard on the Optimole website to view your savings and performance. The reason I like Optimole so much is because of the performance improvement is great and there’s nothing you need to do besides activate it. This took what about two minutes and if you’ve never optimized your images, your site is now going to load so much faster. Before you go, there’s just one tip I want to share with you. In the Optimole menu, click on the Settings tab and then open the Advanced options. In the image quality setting down here, I recommend you lower the quality from High down to Medium. This is going to make your images smaller and help your site load even faster. And unless you’re a photographer and image quality is extremely important to you, the slight loss in quality is not going to be a big deal. It’s more important that you speed up your site so it loads faster. And with the Medium setting, you can expect your images to be about 65% smaller than before they were optimized. As for the Low quality setting, I think it’s noticeable enough that it might cheapen the look of your site, but run some tests of your own and what you think. While Optimoles a pretty simple plugin, there are quite a few more options in the settings and I cover each of them in full detail in my complete Optimole tutorial, so make sure to watch that next if you’d like help optimizing your settings. That’s all I’ve got for you in this video, but if you want more tutorials to improve your WordPress site, make sure to subscribe. And click the Like button if this video helped you out. As always, post in the comments section below if you need more instruction, and thanks so much for watching.

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