Online image optimization replacements for Smush.it

In an article I wrote last year about image resizing, I mentioned the Yahoo! image optimization service called Smush.it. Since then, Yahoo! oddly decided to shut down the service without any warning or explanation. If you’re looking for an alternative online image optimization service, we’ve got you covered.

#1 – Optimizilla

Optimizilla online image optimization
Optimizilla is an online image optimization tool that can handle multiple uploads at once.

Optimizilla.com is a great alternative to Smush.it. It provides a simple interface to upload your images, followed by an easy to use compression tool that can reduce the weight of your images to a fraction of their original size. Best of all, there is very little quality loss. This is a perfect online app for web designers and webmasters who want to improve the speed of their website graphics.

With Optimizilla you can upload and optimize up to 20 JPEG or PNG images at one time. The optimizer will automatically compress the images based on the image type. It will also provide an option to change the amount of compression being applied. This will shrink the size of the file but also degrade the image quality as a result.

After uploading your images, you can download the optimized versions individually or all at once in a zip file.

#2 – Compressor.io

Compressor.io online image optinmization interface
Compressor.io is a fast and easy to use online image optimization tool.

If you’re looking for a fast option for online image optimization that also supports GIF and SVG, check out Compressor.io. The free service accepts JPEG, GIF, SVG, and PNG images, and applies automatic compression to reduce the weight of your images. It’s fast, dead simple and even supports outputting the files directly to Dropbox or Google Drive.

Compressor.io is a great tool that offers lossy or lossless compression for your uploads. We ran a test between Optimizilla and Compressor.io on a 7.07MB stock photo of Beatrice Maria. The results of the image optimization test:

  • Optimizilla – 811kb  (90% Quality)
  • Compressor.io – 788kb (Lossy)

To get the Omptimizilla version down to 784kb, the quality had to be reduced to 88%.

The best online image optimization tool is….

When it comes to the best of the two, the winner is obvious: use the one you like best. Both tools offer great compression, speed and ease of use. The results are similar, so the choice is really based around your particular needs. If you need to upload and optimize multiple images at once, use Optimizilla. If you don’t want to alter the compression and only need to upload a single image, go with Compressor.io. The two offer great results and will help increase the speed of your webpages.

Resize and Compress Your Images

A common mistake by beginner webmasters comes from the use of images. Too often have I come across a website that uses photos that are physically huge but display much smaller. This is done by using a large image as the source file and then setting the height and width to be a fraction of the size.

I primarily see this happen with photos that have come direct from a camera without being resized or compressed. Most digital cameras and smart phones take photos at file sizes and dimensions that do not belong on a website. I’m talking about pictures that are three or more times the size of your screen and upwards of 10 megabytes. A photo like that does not belong on a webpage with other content.

Why you should resize and compress your photos

You may be wondering why you should bother resizing the image. After all, you may want to show the big version to your visitors.

The reason you should resize and compress your images is because loading a massive image on your page is going to take time. Though it may only be a few seconds, seconds on the web can mean the difference between a visitor sticking around and leaving. The images will load slowly, and if you are showing more than one of these large images on the same page, you’re only causing your visitors to get annoyed with the lack of speed.

Another issue with using these oversized images is bandwidth consumption. The larger the file, the more bandwidth you are going to use. For some hosting accounts, bandwidth may be limited. Reduction in file size can keep your bandwidth costs down.

Resize Your Images

There are many tools that you can use to resize your images, both commercial and free. One great free resource is Picresize.com. Upload your photo to the site and set the dimensions you would like. Set only the width and the image will resize the height appropriately. You can even set an effect to apply to your photo. There is no required registration and the whole process can be finished in under a minute.

Compress your files

Yahoo! provides a tool called Smush.it which can reduce the weight of your photos. It applies file compression to bring your photo down to a smaller file size without not much noticeable visual difference. Simply upload your photo and Smush.it does the rest. Like Picresize.com, Smush.it does not require registration to use.

Make your visitors happier by resizing and compressing your photos. It will speed up the loading of your site and reduce the amount of bandwidth you use.