Support » Plugin: Smush - Lazy Load Images, Optimize & Compress Images » Plugin not making any difference
GT Metrix results showed a need for image optimization, so I installed your plugin. The difference was negligible. So then I tried optimizing the problematic images in Photoshop and replacing them on my site. Again no difference; in fact, the same images are flagged as still needing optimization. What am I doing wrong? Also, these images are now showing as containing cookies. Why would that be?
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It seems that images reported on your site are all full size images that are not being optimized in free version of Smush.
Try using thumbnails that are optimized in that content or check out our Pro version in order to include full size images in optimization as well.
Also, these images are now showing as containing cookies. Why would that be?
Could you please elaborate this part a bit more, I’m not sure that I understand what you’re referring to?
These are all images that I uploaded after installing your plugin; some, like the Wertman one, were edited in WP, and one, cover900-2-200×300.jpg, appears to be a smaller image created by WP.
I don’t know what to make of this, but I have to optimize my site and also make it GDPR compliant. I am not a developer, just a regular user who now needs to learn about this.
Is your cover900-2-200×300.jpg part of your media library?
Because it seems that you have date folder structure in your uploads folder and that image is not part of any year/month folder and is in root uploads folder.
Please make sure that the image is part of the library and then run the optimization again.
We don’t link any of your images, once the images are optimized they are returned to your server and replace the original one, so the URL and cookie domains are related to your site/server settings.
You can try resolving this with CDN or checking these suggestions here:
All my images display in WordPress as existing in my media library.
Most of my images are in public_html/wp-content/uploads. The rest are found in public_html/wp-content/uploads/[year]/[month]. However, all the subfolders prior to 2018 are empty except for a lone MP3 file left behind in 2015/01.
It appears that the jpegs previously held in those subfolders were moved to the root uploads folder. I am not sure why. A few years ago I changed themes and rebuilt my website, which would seem like the obvious culprit — except that I did so well before 2018. The more likely culprit would be a plugin, perhaps Adaptive Images for WordPress?
So does your plugin not work on images held in the root uploads folder?
- This reply was modified 3 years, 7 months ago by Bad_Egg.
Please try to select the uploads folder in Directory Smush and check if you see the images there? Smush will hide the images that are listed in the media library.
Unfortunately I cannot. There is an issue with the plugin in that when the file directory screen appears, it does not contain a scroll bar. So the subfolder I need to check is below the screen view. There does not appear to be a way to scroll down, even using the arrow buttons. I cannot attach a screenshot for you here so I have put it in here: https://mademers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Untitled-1.jpg.
You should be able to scroll with the mouse wheel, when hovering over the white part of the modal. And the next update will have support for keyboard navigation in the directory smush modal.
While I was able to scroll down, you should know that it doesn’t work well: you have to place your cursor at juuuuuuuust the right spot before scrolling occurs, and trying to scroll back up is just as difficult.
I was able to find the image and I optimized it, but GT Metrix still shows it as needing optimization. Ditto for all the new images I uploaded after installing this plugin. I have no idea why, whether this a bug in Metrix or my site or the plugin.
It could be that the image needs to be resized to fit the HTML container it is placed in. Or the image might be over 1 Mb, and the free version will not compress such a large image. Could you please share a link to the image so I can check?
The image in question is used in a widget. The original is 900 pixels high, but the widget makes use of the WP “Medium” version that is 300 pixels high. When I check the image through FireFox’s check image option, the image is not being downsized. This is the URL: https://mademers.com/wp-content/uploads/cover900-2-200×300.jpg.
BTW, if I upload an image that I have already optimized in Photoshop, and WP makes additional copies as per my theme’s instructions, are those copies also not then optimized? In other words, if I save my images in Photoshop at, say, level 8, then are the copies that WP makes also no better than level 8? Because if those are then compressed by Smush, then is it compressing a file that has already been compressed, thereby reducing the quality even further?
And now, for reasons I truly do not understand, your plugin is adding a yellow border around all my images. I have to deactivate your plugin to remove the border.
You can do both Photoshop and Smush optimization. Basic Smush optimization is lossless, that means there is no quality loss. Also, removing the EXIF data will help you save a few extra kb.
The yellow border around the image is the result from “Detect and show incorrectly sized images” option in Smush. It will outline images that are not properly sized for the containers they are in. Only visible to admins. You can disable it in Smush settings.
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