How to Get Started With Optimole

Optimole is a cloud-based solution for optimizing your website's images. In this guide, you will find out how to activate it on your WordPress website within a few steps. For using it on non-WordPress websites, just create your free account and follow the custom integration steps.

📚 What's in this guide?

Install the Optimole WordPress plugin
Activate your Optimole's account
Start using Optimole
Optimole Settings
Advanced Settings
Cloud Integration
Custom Integration

📩 Install the Optimole plugin on your WordPress site

Log in to your WordPress admin panel and go to Plugins → Add New.

Search for the Optimole plugin using the box on the right:

Click on Install Now next to the plugin's name:

When the installation finishes, the Activate button will appear in place of the Install Now button. Click on it.


⛳️ Activate Optimole

As soon as you install and activate the Optimole plugin, you will be asked to register for an account and input your personal API key that will let you connect to the Optimole service.

Click on the Create & connect your account button (you will be asked to provide an email address that will be used to set up your new account).

🚄 As you know, Optimole will process your images and deliver optimized versions of them to 5,000 of your website visitors a month for free.

When your account is all set up, you'll receive your API key via email. That email will look something like the following:

In the email, apart from the API token, you will also receive the login and password to your user profile on Optimole.com.

Come back to your WordPress admin panel (go to Media → Optimole), and click on the button labeled I already have an API key.

On the next screen, the API key you got in the email is already there, so you just need to click on Connect to Optimole Service.

After a couple of seconds, you will be able to start working with Optimole. You'll see this notification:


🏁 Start using Optimole

The great thing about Optimole is that it works on autopilot; if you don't want to, you don't have to go through any other settings to get Optimole to do its job - it's already working!

You can go to the main dashboard of Optimole to see the status of the service (in Media → Optimole). There, Optimole shows you your account info along with your usage of the Optimole service and the level of optimization achieved.

⚠️ The central part of this Optimole tutorial ends here. Everything below this point is optional. Optimole is already 100% operational and working.

Even though Optimole works on autopilot, there are still several options that give you a bit more control over what's going on. To see these options switch to the Settings tab.


⚙️ Optimole settings

This is where you can see the four main settings:

  • Enable image replacement - this one represents the core of what Optimole does; keep this enabled to get Optimole's advanced image optimization running.
  • Scale images & lazy load - as the label underneath says, this one delivers scales images depending on the visitor's screen size and device and then displays them using lazy loading.
  • Enable error diagnosis tool - ease using Optimole, enabling this troubleshooting mechanism.
  • Clear cached resources - re-optimize the images by clearing the cache. As the description mentions, there might be a chance that Optimole shows the old version od some updated resources.

⚠️ Note; when making any changes, don't forget to click on the Save changes button when you're done.

Switch to the Advanced tab for more settings.


🚀 Advanced settings

This Advanced tab is where you can take even more control of how Optimole optimizes your images. Let's go through each sub-tab individually:

Compression

By default, Optimole compresses the images on your website, and it uses Machine Learning algorithms to detect how to get the smallest possible size with minimum perceived quality losses. In case you feel this automatic process doesn't suit your needs, it is possible to disable it and manually set the level of compression/image quality you're okay with.

At the bottom, a dial lets you toggle through the compression levels. As soon as you move that dial in any direction, Optimole will show you a preview based on an image taken from your site's media library.

Once you decide on a compression level, don't forget to press the Save changes button.



Automatic compression enabled



Manual compression enabled

Above the dial, there are two more options:

  • Enable network-based optimizations - enable to make your images load faster on low-speed internet connections.
  • Enable GIF to video conversion - enable if you're the kind of person who likes to publish animated GIFs.

AVIF conversion is an option inside the compression panel settings.


AVIF is a new image format offering significant compression gains over other formats like JPEG and WebP. While the exact savings will depend on the content, encoding settings, and quality target, you can see up to 50% savings vs. JPEG.
AVIF vs WEBP: if you were to decrease the quality of AVIF, equal to WebP slightly, then the file size of AVIF becomes significantly smaller. With the same look, AVIF is 30% smaller. There is an automatic fallback to WEBP for browsers that lack AVIF support. You can find more details about its support on - https://caniuse.com/avif.

Resize

Optimole gives you a couple of cool settings relating to cropping your images and thus making them fit the destination screen of the visitor even better:

  • Enable Smart Cropping - this is a fun AI-powered feature that can be useful for some websites - depending on the kind of images you're publishing; here's an example of how this works:

  • Enable Retina images - Retina screens, aka. HiDPI screens pack pixels much more densely than standard screens; as a consequence, images at twice their original size are needed to make everything look crisp; enable this feature to make sure your images look great on Retina; learn more about Retina images here
  • Add a new crop image size - insert width and height for cropped images. Once you add size, the cropped images will be listed there.
  • Resize large images original source - if you tend to upload huge images to your site by mistake, this setting can help you resize them to their biggest acceptable dimensions automatically; just check what that value is for your current theme.


Lazyload

This section allows you to fine-tune how Optimole executes lazy loading.

  • Enable generic lazyload placeholder - when an image waits to be lazy-loaded; the visitor will see a blurred-out version of it in the meantime; if you'd rather have a generic image there, enable this feature.
  • Exclude first X of images from lazyload - avoid lazy loading for some of the first images, or use 0 to disable the feature.
  • Use native lazyload - adds an additional flag that allows the browser to pick a lazyload method. When this is enabled, Optimole stops the rescaling process.
  • Scale Images - scale the images on lazyload.
  • Enable lazyload for background images - by default, lazy loading will not work for your background images.
  • Enable lazyload for embedded videos and iframes - by default, lazy loading will not work for your embedded videos and iframes.
  • Lazyload background images for selectors - this is where you can list all the CSS class selectors that should have lazy loading enabled for background images.


Exclusions

If you want to, you can turn off Optimole for individual pages of your site, individual images, or even specific image types.

Just pick the  condition and enter the word that should be filtered for.


☁️ Cloud Integration

The Cloud Integration tab, as the name suggests, presents storage options of Optimole, to free up disk space on your website:

  • Enable cloud library browsing - give access to all the images stored in the Optimole account.
  • Enable offloading images - helps you not to store the images on your server and to restore them when you need them.

✅ Custom Integration 

To use the service on a non-WordPress website just follow two steps: Activate your Optimole's account, and follow the Custom Integration guide. Basically, you just add a code snippet to the header of your website.


🤝 Optimole tutorial done! 

That is it! Optimole will now optimize your images on autopilot without you needing to do anything.

On the free plan, Optimole can handle up to 5,000 website visitors monthly and deliver images to them from 40 CloudFront CDN locations. 🏃🏃

If you want to expand on that, sign up to Optimole Personal or Business and upgrade to 25,000 monthly visitors and 180+ CDN locations. 🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃

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