We spent a month analyzing all the most popular image compression plugins and published a detailed comparison here on the Imagely blog.
But now we're officially recommending Imagify for your image optimization needs.
We are excited to partner with Imagify on this because they make the best image compression plugin for WordPress. Not only do they offer reduced file sizes, but they keep your images looking great at the same time.
What you need to know
Imagify has the ability to automatically compress any images you upload to the Media Library and NextGEN Gallery. But here is what you need to know about Imagify's integration with NextGEN Gallery.
- Imagify will not resize your NextGEN Gallery images, even if Imagify is set to do so. That is intentional because NextGEN Gallery has the ability to resize your images.
- Imagify will not strip EXIF from your NextGEN Gallery images, even if Imagify is set to do so. That is intentional because most creatives prefer having EXIF in their images.
- Imagify will still resize and strip EXIF on Media Library images if Imagify is set to.
- Imagify will not compress your original backups in NextGEN Gallery. It will only compress images used to display on the front end; thumbnails, retina and large images.
How it works
Normally when Imagify is active alongside NextGEN Gallery you would see an Image Optimization menu item show under our Gallery menu.
What we have done is added our own Image Optimization menu item which explains the benefits of Imagify for compressing images. There is a one-click install button. Once clicked, Imagify will install. You can then try the plugin to see if you like it, register your account with Imagify, add your API key and you're done.
Once Imagify is active alongside NextGEN Gallery, our own Image Optimization page will no longer appear. Instead, you will see Imagify's which allows you to bulk optimize all previously uploaded NextGEN Gallery images.
We hope you enjoy the partnership we've made with Imagify and you speed up your website with little to no visual quality loss.