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How To: Optimize Images & CDN for WordPress

I am often asked which image optimization systems I recommend with WordPress. There are many available now and it is important to me that they are fully compatible with the plugins made by Meow Apps. Here is my take at it.

What should you avoid?

Avoid using S3 with WordPress. It was not meant to be used with S3, and even if there are plugins are allow you to do that, it is basically a hack. You will encounter too many issues with too many plugins. If you have a company with many websites and you are using S3 for all your storage, then it might make sense, otherwise, it does not.

Avoid using JetPack. It might look simpler at first, but it is better to handpick the best solutions for you instead of using a solution overloaded with too many features and restrictions. I am not saying it is necessarily a bad plugin, but I would go for lighter and more focused solutions.

What is the idea?

Therefore, two components are required here. An Image Optimizer, and a CDN. I have also always wondered why nobody came up with a service that does both, but now it is also available. Check the All-in-One Solutions.

Image Optimizers

Here is a list of plugins that I have tested. They all work pretty well.

CDN Services


All-in-One Solutions

I have been looking for a long time for a solution that does it all, asked many services if they could implement it, and I have even been tempted into starting this offer myself, which is not easy. Finally, there is a service that does it, and it is called ImageKit!

It is not the cheapest, but it is the easiest and the best. It doesn’t require a specific plugin on your end (but you still need to find a way to modify the HTML). I am currently using it on my Offbeat Japan website, through an SSL subdomain, which is really nice.

Anything to say? Need help?

Did you find a better solution? Do you have an opinion about one of those services? Do not hesitate to participate in the comments. If you need help to make your website faster, do not hesitate to contact Meow Apps.