If you’re a web designer or website owner you will know that website loading times are extremely important when a visitors comes to your website. In fact it is also important for search engine rankings as the search engines do not want to display slow websites. Therefore one way to ensure a fast loading times on a website is to optimise your images before uploading.
A handy free open source tool is available called Pngcrush. It will crush your PNG images to be optimised for the best website loading times. However, learning how to use Pngcrush to optimise PNG images is not easy.
I personally had no idea how to actually use this open source program so I had to “Google it”. The information I found was not that helpful, that was until I found this page.
Now I have simplified the instructions even more but first you need to install Pngcrush. It is definitely not as easy as pressing on an install file. The reason it is not easy is because we are taking it a step further to add a shortcut to the sendto menu. the video below also shows how to install Pngcrush.
If we don’t do that then using Pngcrush to optimize images is a hard task. All of the optimizing is done through the cmd command window and you have to type in the right command in detail. Stuff that I say.
How To Use Pngcrush To Optimize PNG Images
If you install Pngcrush from the tutorial above, you can crush an image is seconds.
1. Go to where the image is stored on your computer.
2. Right click on the PNG image.
3. Choose Send to from the menu. Then choose the PNG crush shortcut.
4. This will start the pngcrush.exe file.
5. Now all you have to do is press on run.
This will optimize Png images that you choose and even rename them so you can tell which one has been optimized. In this case if the original image is called image.png then the optimized one will be image2.png. You can also select more than one image at a time and right click on a bunch of them to crush them all at once. It works really fast.
Watch This Video To See Pngcrush In Action
Of course there are many other ways to optimize your images for your website but I really like the fact that this is not another WordPress plugin.