Smush Now Lets You Optimize Images Stored in the Cloud

Smush Now Lets You Optimize Images Stored in the Cloud

We’re celebrating Smush surpassing 800,000 active installs with a killer new feature! Now you can Smush and optimize images that you are storing on Amazon S3.

Smush is the clear choice when it comes to WordPress image compression and optimization. Thanks to your support, it has been named the 2017 plugin of the year. So with 1 million users just around the corner, we wanted to give Smush a little something special.

Updated: 12/20/2018 – Smush Pro now includes WebP compression, automatic image scaling and 10GB of CDN storage on our 40 Tbps servers with 45 share points around the world.

Moving your media library to the cloud can save you money and makes managing content on your WordPress website a whole lot easier. Cloud storage gives you more space and is faster, it makes setting up a test environment with all your media connected a breeze, not to mention the fact it simplifies site migration, especially for big sites with a lot of images.

If you’ve ever been stuck reconnecting hundreds of broken images after switching servers you know what I’m talking about. Sounds like a no-brainer, right?

We already put together a tutorial on moving your media library to the cloud so I am not gonna bore you with the details. Today, we’ll just focus on why Smush is a must when you work with Amazon S3 and how to get it working with your cloud-based media library.

Smush works with WP Offload S3 to optimize images stored in the cloud.

Going à La Carte

Amazon S3 storage can save you a ton of money because you only pay for what you use.

Keep in mind, when you’re paying for storage based on file size, it’s important every image is perfectly optimized, not only to maximize image quality and speed but also to save you money!

Now you can use Smush to compress, resize and optimize your images before they’re pushed to Amazon S3.

How Does Storing Images in the Cloud Work?

You don’t need to do anything. Just turn it on. Once you have connected your media library to the cloud using WP Offload S3, Smush uses its world-famous automated image optimization, giving you the biggest bang for your buck.

By default, WordPress generates different custom image sizes for every image you upload to your media library. Needless to say, this means the number of images on your site can add up quickly. Use Smush to strip bulky file information or Super Smush lossy compression to save you some serious space without a noticeable drop in quality.

Smush compresses all the images WordPress outputs.

A Little Something Special for the Pros…

Do you have WP Offload S3 set to remove files from your server after they have been uploaded? Smush Pro members get the full optimization power you’ve grown to love, even on images stored exclusively on S3. On average, WP Smush Pro users get more than 2x the savings than our free users.

And, of course, the premium version of Smush includes PNG to JPEG compression, original image compression, and bulk smush so you can smush your entire library with a click.

Just like everything included in a WPMU DEV membership, the more sites you add the more money you save because your monthly membership gives you unlimited access to everything. If you have 10 sites, 1000 client sites, or you manage a Multisite network with millions of sites, your membership has you covered.

Unlock the Full-Power of Smush

Get unlimited image smushing across all your sites plus Hummingbird speed optimization, Defender security, 10GB of Snapshot managed cloud backups, integration with The Hub for one-stop site management, access to our complete library of 100+ themes and plugins and 24/7 live chat support for all things WordPress.

Not sure if you’re ready to take the leap? Try it absolutely free for 30 days!

Interested in seeing what we have in the works for Smush? Check out the Product Roadmap. If you have a feature you would like to see added or just want to drop us some high-praise, leave us a comment. We would love to hear from you.


Joshua Joshua has been a marketing strategist, designer, and digital content producer for the past 15 years. After managing content for one of the world's largest WordPress blogs and curating content for their millions of monthly readers, he returned to his startup roots, launching and promoting new products and consulting for businesses looking to grow.