Save over 500 to 700 milliseconds lazy loading videos using free plugins.

YouZoom

Collection of free discrete plugins for lazy loading YouTube or Vimeo videos.

This rescue kit includes an 19-page PDF Guide and 5-minute video instructions.

Embedded video slows down your site’s pages and posts. Now you can finally remove the slowness and fluff imposed by goofy features added by YouTube preloaded ad bloat. Delay loading garbage – without programming or coding.

These recommended super-lightweight plugins are downloadable from the free WordPress plugin directory. We show you where they are hiding in the 55,000 listing. These fast-loading specialty plugins allow you to choose delaying reprehensible video assets.

Get speed tips and instructions. You’re buying our knowledge and expertise. Links to resources are included for your convenience and backup. All open-source downloads are the property of their original authors and protected by GPL licenses. They are endorsed and available from the WordPress plugin directory. We don’t provide support. But we do answer email speed questions for 30 days after purchase.

Improve site origin optimization. Reduce hosting costs with cheaper shared servers and no CDN or server cache fees. The performance goal is two-second page load times or better. Our approach to solving mobile performance problems is unconventional and creative. You can provide speed alternatives for International site-owners and developers who use low-cost, shared hosting without CDN.

Shave over 500- to 700- milliseconds off load time.

Get YouZoom as a free bonus when you buy SpeedHospital. Learn more about this offer.

Client Results

“I hired several WordPress ‘speed experts’ before and all failed to achieve decent results. Steve is an expert in his field. His advice helped me understand what was slowing down my website and fix it permanently. My site used to take 5 to 7 seconds to load – and after Steve worked his magic – it now loads in less than 1 second. Thank you!” supboardguide.com Hamburg, Germany

Product Warts

Reader’s Smug COMPLAINT

I’m cautious about using old plugins for 2 reasons:

  1. non-maintained plugins have a higher risk for security vulnerabilities.
  2. possible compatibility issues further down the line if not now.
PagePipe’s Flippant Answer

Who taught you these 2 plugin myths? The boogie man?
So do paid popular plugins have less security risks?
Nah.
Popular plugins flaws are discovered often.
Do paid plugins ever have compatibility issues?
Frequently.
When is a plugin too old to trust?
When it stops working – or it gets taken-down.

Dear Smugness: Seriously, if security and compatibility are issues, don’t use WordPress CMS. Examine it’s history of known-issues. There’s no proof of zero-risk. The WordPress world changes all the time.

Lonely, rarely-found plugins still work. And often for over a decade
without complaints. That isn’t brokenness. Does that mean it won’t work
anymore with new versions of WordPress?

Nope.

It means you do plugin testing. Always. Even for “fresh” plugins.

Some appear stale – but they work and are as safe as any other plugin.
Either paid or free.

So the question is “Outdated? By what definition?” Some think a warning like: “This plugin hasn’t been tested with the latest 3 major releases of WordPress.”

WordPress’ motive is covering their legal risk against liability and lawsuits. If a plugin didn’t work anymore or presented security hazards, it’s removed fast. They call those “takedowns.”

Plugins stay as long as there isn’t any *noise* about them. Retired or dead author’s plugins stay in the WordPress free directory. 55,000 plugins! Beautiful resource.

No plugin is guaranteed safe. Not even paid (premium) plugins. Don’t let silly warnings discourage you. They aren’t for your protection. They’re protecting corporate WordPress.

So are there “stale” plugins in this collection? Yes. Two aren’t very fresh. One of those is over 2 years old. Are there newer alternatives? Yes. But they don’t load fast.

It’s an endless unachievable job testing plugins for compatibility or vulnerability. If you think we’re careless or sloppy in our plugin recommendations, email us. Please give us a workable solution – not a mere complaint.

For example, WordPress owns WooCommerce plugin. It has millions of user installations.

“WooCommerce 4.6.2 dropped last week, with a fix for a vulnerability that allowed spam bots to create accounts at checkout – even when the “Allow customers to create an account during checkout” setting was disabled.”

How fresh was WooCommerce plugin? Did it have security risks? Yep. Big time. WordPress is the billion-dollar mothership. Even they get it wrong. Have mercy!

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Optimize images for mobile speed with SmooshStatic plugin.

OUR MOBILE-SPEED PRESCRIPTION: SmooshKit image optimization module. Included in Geek and Pro bundles.

SmooshStatic

SmooshStatic automatically resizes huge image uploads. Resizing that is more reasonable for display in browser. Yet still more than large enough for typical website use. The plugin is configurable with a max width, height and quality. When a contributor uploads an image that is larger than the configured size, SmooshStatic will automatically scale it down to the configured size and replace the original image.

Lightweight 4.2 millisecond load time. 2.1 kilobytes zip folder.

SmooshStatic also provides a bulk-resize feature to selectively resize previously uploaded images to free up disk space – and make backups use fewer server resources. This keeps your server fast.

This plugin is ideal for sites that don’t require hi-resolution original images to be stored. Or semi-skilled site contributors don’t understand how to scale images before uploading.

SmooshStatic plugin is one of our secret weapons for image optimization on client sites. The other plugin we love for cleaning up a poorly optimized image media library is SmooshPix plugin. Both these plugins allow retroactive reprocessing of media library images for speed.

SmooshStatic is not a paid subscription service (API) like other image optimization plugins. For example: 3,000 EWWW plugin’s compressed images cost about 9 dollars – their smallest order size. You pay in advance with prepaid credits.

We don’t sell plugins that cost repeat annual or usage fees. We call that *rent*.

For SmooshStatic plugin, processing is on your host server using WordPress features. Default JPEG quality is 82 to match the WordPress default. This is proven to be the equivalent of a Photoshop compression quality setting of 50. Images with this setting pass the WebPagetest.org criteria for speed optimization.

WordPress has automatic image optimization features. But not for original images, only resized images. If it optimized images upon upload, no optimization plugin would be needed.

SmooshStatic is an automation plugin to resize images in your WordPress media library. It can adjust the dimensions if they are larger than width and height settings. That is a unique feature. Optimization plugins like free Smush (1 million+ active installs) do not resize image automatically. They only change the compression.  And it isn’t lossy compression. It’s lossless. That sounds like a good thing but it’s not. It only compresses images by about 10 percent. Whereas, visually-lossless or lossy compression reduces image weight by 70 percent. Smush plugin is the worst choice for speed.

Activating SmooshStatic plugin doesn’t alter existing archived images. SmooshStatic only resizes images when uploaded. But you can retrofit with a “Bulk Image Resize” feature in the settings. The “Bulk Image Resize” feature allows you to resize all existing images in the media library.

SmooshStatic doesn’t search your file system to find large files. Instead it looks at the “metadata” in the WordPress media library database. To override this behavior, enable deep scanning in the plugin settings.

You can re-name your original image file and add “-noresize” to the filename. For a file name of “photo.jpg,” you can rename it “photo-noresize.jpg.” Then SmooshStatic will ignore it, allowing you to upload the unchanged full-sized image. That will protect an image if needed.

Photos from modern cameras and cellphones are too large for full-size browser display. DSLR camera photos are for high-quality printing. They’re oversized for web page display. They turn your site into a slug for speed.

SmooshStatic allows you to set a size limit. That constrains all uploaded images to a reasonable size. They will still be large enough for typical website needs.

SmooshStatic changes happen immediately upon image upload, but before WordPress processing occurs. WordPress behaves exactly the same as always. If a contributor uploads oversized images, SmooshStatic scales it and replace the original.

SmooshStatic uses a configurable size limit. The default value is large enough to fill a typical web screen without scaling.

Don’t use SmooshStatic for the following:

  • Stock art download sites.
  • Providing high-resolution print images.
  • Storing a high-resolution photo archive.

WordPress onboard image processing – without plugin assistance – includes poor features for resource consumption.

During upload WordPress keeps the original full-size image in the media library. Depending on the original size, WordPress creates up to 4 smaller-sized file copies:

  • Large
  • Medium-Large
  • Medium
  • Thumbnail

These are for embedding on your pages and posts. The original usually sits on the server unused, taking up server disk space. That usually isn’t a big issue. But we’ve seen exceptions. These can make website backup with normal plugin methods impossible if your media library grows too large to handle.

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Convert wrong-format images and create optimum compression.

FixPix

Speed up your pages. If your photograph images weigh 500k to 1M, this is the fastest way to fix them. You want skinny lossy formats, not fat lossless images.

Lossy photos are 70 to 80 percent smaller file sizes. Lossy doesn’t mean bad or lousy. Fix your entire media library. There is no loss of visual quality. Unneeded data is removed. Lessen the photo size with unnoticeable removal of information. Use this plugin for media library repair and maintenance.

Lightweight: 2.0 millisecond load time. 8.5k package size.

Image optimization opportunities are small.

Sometimes there’s an opportunity in converting non-transparent PNG images to JPEG format. You can compress JPEGs at a quality between 70 and 82. 82Q is the WordPress default. And it is FixPix plugin default, too. It’s the same as a Photoshop compression of 50Q. That “grade” passes the WebPagetest.org criteria of “goodness.” It’s a good benchmark. This will reduce page weight. Page weight reduction isn’t always proportionate to speed improvement. We measure speed in milliseconds.

Convert non-transparent PNGs to JPEGs to the WordPress 82-quality setting default.

Converting non-transparent PNGs to JPEGs (lossy-quality setting of 82) reduces the page weight. This classic error of choosing the wrong image file format is novice. But it happens all the time. PNG to JPEG image optimization changed a 6.5M, 15-second page into a 2.6M, 8.5-second page. Is that good? Hardly! Not when your goal is 2 seconds.

FixPix plugin needs cautious use or you can ruin many things. Our advice is: after using the plugin on the media library, disable it. That will prevent any slow down. This is the same thing to do for any plugin that’s used for maintenance. They don’t have to be chugging server resources all the time.

Of the page weight, often 88 percent is images. All sites are image intensive. The average is 55 percent of weight is images. So you’d think, “Let’s optimize images and get better results.”

Does image optimization always make a speed difference? No. The needle mat not move. Image weight becomes transparent and gets a boost from browser parallel loading. Yet, we always do image optimization with FixPix and it’s companion plugin Smoosh.

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