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Image Optimizer FAQ

Last Update: February 4, 2024

Why do I need to optimize images on my website?

Image optimization can significantly improve your website’s loading time, which is crucial for user experience and SEO. It reduces the size of your images without compromising their quality, leading to faster page load times and better performance scores.

I already use third-party image optimization plugins. Why should I consider this module?

The Image Optimizer plugin does the “heavy lifting” of converting and compressing images on a dedicated server, so your own server won’t suffer from any downtime or the need to keep the tab open. It offers on-the-fly optimization and WebP conversion.  In addition, it is designed specifically for Elementor-created websites, ensuring seamless integration and performance improvements. It offers on-the-fly optimization, WebP conversion, and other features tailored to Elementor users’ needs.

Will the original version of my images be lost after compression?

No, the module will save both the original and the compressed versions of your images. You can restore the original image if needed. The only exception is if you decide to delete the original version.

Are there any risks associated with image compression?

When using lossy compression, there’s a slight reduction in image quality. However, this module provides options for both lossless and lossy compression, allowing you to choose based on your preferences. You also have the option to keep an original of the image and always remember to backup your website before making significant changes.

What happens to my compressed images if I cancel my subscription?

If you cancel your subscription, all your previously compressed images remain available on your website. However, you won’t be able to compress new images unless you renew your subscription or stay within the subscription limit.

What is WebP? 

WebP was developed by Google as a media format optimized for use on the web. It tries to strike a balance between making images as light as possible while still retaining the high quality web users expect. It has excellent compression efficiency, supports transparency and animation, improves website performance and is supported by most major browsers.

What is the difference between lossless and lossy compression?

Lossless compression retains the original quality of the image while reducing its file size. On the other hand, lossy compression reduces the file size by eliminating some image data. This can slightly reduce image quality. The choice between the two depends on your needs: if image quality is paramount, go for lossless; if file size is more critical, consider lossy.

What is Exif metadata?

Digital images contain the data defining the image and data about the picture. This information is called Exif metadata and can include:

  • Camera angle
  • Camera settings
  • GPS location
  • Exposure settings
  • Description
  • Dimension
  • Resolution
  • Filesize

Much of this information is not needed for most websites but their presence makes the images heavier and slower to load. By default, Image Optimizer plugin strips out unnecessary metadata.

What do I do if I get the error “Image Optimizer isn’t running because the next required PHP extensions are missed: exif.”?

This happens when your website host has not installed the proper media metadata extension to their PHP file. If you receive this error message, you need to contact your hosting company to correct the error.

Can I choose which images to compress?

Absolutely! You can either compress images in bulk or select specific media files for optimization. See Optimize images for more details.

I hit my image limit – what can I do?

If you’re using the free version of Image Optimizer plugin, you can upgrade to a paid version by clicking the Upgrade button above the control panel.

What images can be optimized?

  • The original image must be less the 10MB.
  • The image must be in JPEG, PNG, WEBP or GIF format.

Have more questions? We’re more than happy to assist.

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