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How to install and configure the EWWW Image Optimizer plugin

This article describes how to install and configure the EWWW Image Optimizer plugin for WordPress. The EWWW Image Optimizer plugin can automatically optimize image files as you upload them to your site, as well as optimize existing images.

By optimizing images, you can help improve your site's performance, use less bandwidth, and use less disk space.

You must install WordPress on your site before you can install EWWW Image Optimizer. For information about how to install WordPress, please see this article.

Installing EWWW Image Optimizer

To install the EWWW Image Optimizer plugin, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your WordPress site as the administrator.
  2. In the left-hand pane, click Plugins.
  3. Click Add New.
  4. In the Search text box, type ewww, and then click Search Plugins.
  5. In the Name column, locate EWWW Image Optimizer, and then click Install Now.
  6. After WordPress finishes installing the plugin, click Activate Plugin.

Configuring EWWW Image Optimizer

After you install the EWWW Image Optimizer plugin, you can configure it. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your WordPress site as the administrator.
  2. In the left-hand pane, click Settings, and then click EWWW Image Optimizer. The EWWW Image Optimizer Settings page appears.
  3. Review the settings on the settings page, and then click Save Changes.
    For more information about the configuration options in EWWW, please visit http://wordpress.org/plugins/ewww-image-optimizer/installation.

Optimizing existing images

By default, the EWWW Image Optimizer plugin optimizes any new images that you upload. You must manually optimize existing images, however. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your WordPress site as the administrator.
  2. In the left-hand pane, click Settings, and then click EWWW Image Optimizer. The EWWW Image Optimizer Settings page appears.
  3. Click the Bulk Optimize link.
  4. Use the Choose how long to pause between images slider to select an interval (in seconds) between each image optimization.
    Five to ten seconds is a reasonable delay interval. If you use a very short interval, site and server performance can be affected. Alternatively, if you have a lot of images to optimize and set a long interval, it will take a long time to optimize all of the images.
  5. Under Optimize Media Library, click Start optimizing. EWWW Image Optimizer provides progress updates as it optimizes images.
  6. To optimize additional image files, such as those in themes and other plugins, click Scan and optimize.
  7. To view which files have been optimized, click Show Optimized Images.
    To re-optimize your image files, select the Force re-optimize check box, and then click Optimize Again.

More Information

For more information about the EWWW Image Optimizer plugin, please visit https://wordpress.org/plugins/ewww-image-optimizer.