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ShortPixel Review - The Most Powerful Image Compression Tool

Last Updated On Sunday, Apr 9, 2023 | Written By - Mudit Jain

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ShortPixel Review - The Most Powerful Image Compression Tool

ShortPixel is an image compression service that improves your site's performance. This image optimization service is powered by smart algorithms that reduce your images size, helping your web pages to load faster. In addition to increased loading speed, you can have a better rank in search engine results and you also spend less hosting resources.

ShortPixel optimizes the images in the cloud, and you can choose between three compression methods: lossy, glossy or lossless. If you wish, you can test each optimization method with the ShortPixel online compressor.

It's free and fast:

The most popular ShortPixel tool is their plugin for WordPress - you can find more details about it here:

ShortPixel plugin is very easy to use and install: You can install the plugin directly from your site's dashboard, from the Plugins section. For validating your plugin installation will need an activation key. You can get one by signing up for a free account here:

It processes not only the most popular image formats, like JPG, PNG and GIF, but it also can compress PDF documents. All of these with a single click.

ShortPixel WordPress plugin a freemium plug-in with a wide range of options and comes with developer support. Works perfectly with any shared or dedicated web hosting, VPS. Furthermore, you can optimize images that are not found in the Media Library and are compatible with the most popular gallery plugins like NextGEN, Foo Gallery or Modula!

Lossy compression is fine for the most users, but if you are highly critical regarding the picture quality, then ShortPixel has a solution for you too. ShortPixel built a compression method for photographers, called Glossy - it is a perfect balance between lossless and lossy options.

ShortPixel Features Overview :-

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Automatic Image optimization

ShortPixel helps you in optimizing the images on your website automatically. You don’t need to configure it every time, just once you install this plugin, it starts working automatically. You can create your blogs in less time and you don’t need to worry about the time you spend while optimizing the images.

Image formats

ShortPixel plugin has no file size limits and it processes PNGs, JPEGs, GIFs, and PDF files as well. You don’t need to worry if you have created a custom folder for the images because it can compress all the images stored in other folders too. You can convert the PNG images to JPEG and also optimize the retina images.

Automatically file resizing

ShortPixel runs in the background and compresses the images that you upload to your site. If you choose to resize your main images, then it is also automatically done.


ShortPixel lets you optimize the images in less time without compromising the image quality. This plugin is very efficient and the smaller optimized images do not lose their picture quality. This makes it different from the other tools.

Multiple compression

You can choose the ways to compress the images as per your needs. ShortPixel has three types of compression:

a. Lossy: Lossy compression offers the size improvement. It is the option recommended for speedy websites.

b. Glossy: It offers the perfect balance between the optimization and image quality. For photographers, this is the best option for image optimization and compression.

c. Lossless: This algorithm does not affect the pixels of the images as optimized images are pixel-by-pixel identical with the original images.


ShortPixel plugin compresses the images very quickly. In fact, the compression ratio was also very faster. If you want your website loads faster, this plugin is the correct for you. ShortPixel compresses all the images in a while and allows your blog or website to load quickly.

Better search ranking

ShortPixel increases your chances to get better rank in Google results pages. Having a fast site is one of the most important SEO factors. This transalte in getting high traffic on your website.

ShortPixel Plans & Pricing:-

You can find a free plan for its cloud service which will allow you to compress the 100 images for a month. To get more, you need to purchase credits. There are two ways to buy credits:

a. A monthly subscription
b. One-Time plans

Let’s find out more about these plans and subscriptions here:

Monthly Plan

The pricing of the ShortPixel Plugin starts from $4.99 for 5,000 images monthly to $29.99 for 55,000 images monthly. Here are the details of the monthly plans below:

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One-Time Plan

With these bundles, you don’t need a recurring subscription. You can choose the perfect plan for you: 10,000, 30,000 or 50,000 credits – and you can use these image optimization credits any time, because they don’t expire.

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What's Good About ShortPixel:-

  • ShortPixel runs automatically and manages all the things from its cloud. You just need to set the parameters while installing the plugin.
  • You can compress images like JPG, PNG, GIF as well as the PDF files.
  • It is compatible with WP Retina 2x and this is why all the retina images are automatically compressed.
  • It is easy to optimize thumbnails and featured pictures.
  • ShortPixel optimizes images on the website with NextGEN Gallery or other sliders or image galleries.
  • Automatically images resizing is possible with ShortPixel Plugin. You don’t need to install other plugins like Insanity.
  • (24/7) technical support available from the ShortPixel team.
  • It is compatible with WooCommerce, WP offload S3 compatible.
  • You can deactivate auto-optimizing images.
  • It is easy to test lossy/lossless images versions from its Media Library.

Final Verdict:-

ShortPixel could help you get a good rank on Google (It is known that site loading speed is one of the paramenters Google uses for ranking websites with similar content). More important, your visitors will not wait too long for an image to load - more happy visitors = more money for you.