Image and PDF Optimization for Lighter Weight with ImageRecycle – As you can read in the title of this article, which is how to optimize images and PDF files, why I will discuss this on this blog because optimizing images is very important to do and this is often a problem for all of us who work in the online world, especially for those who often associated with image and PDF files.
In the world of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) one of the factors that affect the value of SEO is the speed of the website and search engines like Google do make site speed an important value to get a better ranking position in search results. Apart from being able to increase the value of SEO, there are still many benefits that you can get by having a lightweight website, namely increasing the user experience for a better and potentially increasing sales.
To have a website that is light and fast to load is a must hosting service good and also optimizes the image. Images are very important for you to use on the website because images will beautify the website and as supporting information. As we all know that it will be very boring when visiting a site that contains only text without pictures, this will make visitors feel bored quickly. Especially for site owners like online store, news and portfolio, it is very unlikely that the website does not include pictures.
So, here I will provide a solution for you to optimize images and pdf files so that your website still feels light and fast when accessed even though it has many images and pdf files. And the tools I’m going to use are ImageRecycle Image and PDF Optimizer.
ImageRecycle, Image and PDF Optimizer?
ImageRecycle is an online service that provides tools for image and pdf optimization by reducing the size of images (jpg, png, gif) and pdf by more than 80% without reducing the quality of the image, so that the image still looks like its original size. ImageRecycle is built with an intelligent algorithm that is different from other compression tools which can only reduce the size but also drastically reduce the quality of the image and pdf so that the image looks bad.
By utilizing this ImageRecycle, your website with lots of images will still feel fast and will automatically improve the SEO of your site. Besides that ImageRecycle can also optimize images and pdf for mobile users, this is important because you need to know that currently internet users via smartphones are growing very fast and to reduce data consumption from mobile users is to reduce image size, due to the fact that 70% of page weight consists of images.
Another thing that makes ImageRecycle stand out is that it supports a wide variety of popular CMSs such as WordPress, Joomla, Magento, Shopify and Standlone. With this support, it will greatly facilitate the CMS users to perform image optimization quickly and easily. And at the end of this article I will try to explain the use of the ImageRecycle plugin in the WordPress CMS, because I personally am a loyal WordPress user.
Try the ImageRecycle Service
In this article I will describe some of the services I tried using ImageRecycle, and the results were really surprising. As an experiment I compress image files and PDF files. First I have a JPEG image that is 373.92 KB in size and after I compressed it using ImageRecycle the size of the image was reduced to only 86.53 KB, it means ImageRecycle has compressed my image up to 76.86%.
In the second experiment I had a Pdf file with a size of 2.33MB and after I compressed it using ImageRecycle it was reduced to only 1.33M or managed to compress as much as 42.89%.
And after I saw the image and the compressed file from ImageRecycle, the resulting quality was still the same, even I had trouble distinguishing the files before compression and after compression because they looked very similar.
Besides the experiment above, I also tried another service, namely analyzing websites, ImageRecycle can analyze websites and get reports for free in a fairly short time, which is only 3 minutes. Reports will be sent to email in the form of a PDF file containing details on what percentage of images will be optimized and the increase in loading times after being optimized by ImageRecycle. And ImageRecycle has other services that you can use to do URL and page optimization.
ImageRecycle is not free but the price offered by this service is also very affordable even compared to other competitors such as Kraken.io and TinyPNG. Even ImageRecycle has many features that both of them don’t have, you can see it through the table image below.
For the price, ImageRecycle is offered in three different packages, namely monthly, annual and one-time payments.
- $ 7 / month for 1GB
- $ 14 / month for 3GB
- $ 50 / month for 50GB
- $ 77 / year for 1GB / month
- $ 154 / year for 3GB / month
- $ 550 / year for 50GB / month
And the last package is One-time Membership, this package is a package that is considered cheap and most liked by bloggers, because with this one-time package we are not fixed with monthly time and also the price is relatively cheaper.
- $ 10 for 10000 images
- $ 20 for 30000 images
- $ 50 for 100000 images
All of the above packages for the features and advantages provided are the same, the difference is the amount of quota given. If during your usage period you run out of quota, you don’t need to create a new account again, but simply add more quota by clicking the “+ Get More Quota” button.
And if you are still unsure of the services offered by ImageRecycle, you don’t need to worry because there is a free trial account for 15 days with a 100MB quota, please try the free trial first before buying services from ImageRecycle.
How to use the ImageRecycle plugin in WordPress
As I explained above, ImageRecycle supports several popular CMS and one of them is WordPress. With the ImageRecycle plugin, it will make it easier for WordPress users to compress images directly through the WordPress Dashboard. And here are the steps for using the ImageRecycle plugin on WordPress.
The first thing you need to do is install ImageRecycle plugin, You can install via your WordPress admin by typing “ImageRecycle” or installing via FTP. You can read the complete guide on how to install plugins here ⇒ Complete Guide to Installing a WordPress Plugin.
After the plugin is installed and activated you can register a free trial account or use the premium account that you have received, via the menu Settings »ImageRecycle. Note that once your account is created or connected, the API key will be saved automatically and you can start using the service.
If you don’t have an account yet, please click on one of the “Create a trial account” buttons.
If you already have an account, you just need to log in and your API key will be filled in automatically. Plus if you have multiple sub accounts registered to your ImageRecycle account, you can pickup one on the next screen.
Authenticate with your API key
After logging in from the My Account »API and Quota menu (on the ImageRecycle website) you can get or generate an API Key. For the main account key will be automatically generated.
Then copy and paste the API Key and API Secret into your WordPress plugin configuration page. Once your API Key and Secret Key have been added, you will get an account resume in Settings »ImageRecycle View.
This is one of the ImageRecycle features that you cannot get in other services, this feature is the existence of a Sub-account. With this sub account you can create multiple accounts to be used by several websites simultaneously. You can create a new sub account by clicking the “Add Sub Account” button and then you will get a new API Key for the sub account. For the creation of this sub account is unlimited and each sub-account has its own quota and you can define it according to your wishes. After you use the API key for the sub-account, the image quota will be deducted from this sub-account quota.
With this ImageRecycle plugin you can perform automatic image and pdf optimization in the WordPress Media library in bulk all existing images or new images after upload and new images are automatically optimized on upload if you have set a plugin to optimize this file format. To do this go to Media »ImageRecycle.
You can optimize images and PDFs individually or as a whole by using the “Optimize All” button to apply compression to multiple elements. And you don’t have to worry about losing the original image because the original image will be stored for 1 month.
After optimization or during restoration, the images will be replaced on your server automatically. Bulk optimization will be done in the background, so during the compression process you can do other things with WordPress and you will get an email message when the compression process is complete. And now, all the media will be placed in the queue and you will get the estimated remaining time.
And that’s a complete explanation of ImageRecycle image and pdf optimization services, you can see more complete documentation for using ImageRecycle for other CMS directly from the official ImageRecycle website. Hopefully this article was useful for you and good luck with ImageRecycle service. 🙂