Hi

I have been having a problem with one of my websites.

I have been trying to optimise page speed scores (I actually started prior to Kyles blog) and installed Smush plugin to optimise the images. Initially this seemed to work well and I was getting scores in 90s for both mobile and desktop.

Then a few days ago the website crashed. I have been in constant contact with site support for 48 hours to resolve it and their final conclusion is that the combination of my theme, Smush and Site Speed set to Extreme was incompatible. If I set it to accelerated it works ok but the page speed scores were awful.

I have now deactivated Smush and set SiteSpeed to Extreme and so far site seems to be ok.

What I want to know is - now that I have deactivated Smush, will it's effects on optimizing my images be lost?

If not - can I just periodically reactivte it - optimize images - and then deactivate again?

Thanks

Dave

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AlexandraT11 Premium
Hi Dave, sorry for the late reply.... I downloaded Smush and it had an effect on my site speed so I only activate it to optimise new images and then deactivate again and that works perfectly for me.

Glad your site is running normally again - once they switch you to the new servers though it will be much better for you.

Hope you’re having a good weekend! 😁
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Dave07 Premium
Hi Alex

That sounds like a good strategy to me too.
My site is now on the new servers and has kraken installed so hopefully all the images will be optimised now.
Will be interesting to see speed scores.

Having a good weekend so far - hope you are too!

Thanks
Dave
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earlofpearl Premium
With the experience you had with that, I wouldn't even try it back less I get into more problems.
No what is optimize Wouldn't be lost, those that uploaded when the plugin is deactivated, will not be optimize.
Find a plug-in that is similar to Smush (Doing the same) that is compatible with Site Speed set to Extreme.
Take to support first, ask their advise, as that one google that knows everything, even some people personal business. lol
Bottom line I would be scared to activate it again.
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HildeRegine Premium
Good question Dave! I use kraken.
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CandP Premium
Sorry Dave, didn't check properly and thought that message came from you.
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Dave07 Premium
Lol - no worries!
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CandP Premium
Hi Dave. I defer, as always, to Trish on your original question. For what it's worth, I would have said the same.
If you are done with Smush and looking for a manual optimizer then we have been very happy with Squoosh which, apparently, was developed by the great Google itself.
Philip (of Colette and Philip)
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zydegeaux Premium
Smush? Squoosh? How many plugins are there that are supposed to do the same things?

How bad can your unoptimized images look? My images are not optimized and they look OK.

Maybe I'm naive but I don't see the point of obsessing over images that are not perfect unless your niche is something like art.
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CandP Premium
Hey Dave, I certainly didn't mean to upset you, just offering a suggestion if you are done with Smush. If, like most of us here, you have Kraken installed, and activated, then, theoretically, that is all you need.
We choose to get things going in the right direction by compressing images before we upload them to WP but that's our choice. Just trying to help.
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Dave07 Premium
Thanks for the suggestion Phillip
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ChrystopherJ Premium
Because WordPress is OpenSource, with many Vendors creating Plugins, there are literally 10’s to 100’s of Plugins that can do the same thing.

Also, optimising isn’t about how they look, it is about the file format and file size. I.e. whether to use JPG, PNG or WebP etc, along with the Compression/Quality used. It is also based on the images dimensions. You might upload the image as 1920x1080, but only be displaying it as 640x360, so you can save 2/3 by resizing the image, making the website load faster.
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zydegeaux Premium
You seem very well versed about wordpress. Is there any reason there are no spellcheck plugins. Other than Tiny Mice which analyzes your whole site and could take hours to run
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ChrystopherJ Premium
You can use Grammarly which can install as a Chrome extension, and it will check your typing for you anywhere on the internet, not just WordPress
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zydegeaux Premium
When you run spellcheck in Site Content often the word or phrase it wants to correct are hidden from view by the spellcheck box itself..
Often it wants to correct phases that I have written that way on purpose. And there are lots of words that it doesn't recognize as words and prompts you to change it to a word that would have no meaning.
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Twack Premium
The optimisation is more to do with the file size of the image and not necessarily the quality of the image (though that is important, as you say, depending on the site)
Larger files can take longer to load and have an adverse effect on the overall site speed.
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