Photon, the image service hosted by Automattic, does lossless compression automatically. Page Speed will probably still complain that images aren’t compressed enough. Luckily, Photon has a way to fix that.
There are a couple of parameters, quality and strip, that will further reduce the file size of JPEG images. Quality is pretty straight forward. The strip parameter will let you strip EXIF and color data. I use a snippet like this to set the quality to 80% on my site.
The results can be pretty dramatic. At full size, this image of downtown Madison goes from 16MB to 2.7MB by setting the quality to 80%. That’s a big deal on a mobile connection and it’s pretty hard to spot the difference on most images unless you’re looking at them side by side.
I’ve also had the chance to work with the best people, coolest clients, and interesting projects I could have hoped for in my first year out of school. I interned at Automattic the summer before my final year of school. I wanted to work here for a long time before that, but after meeting the people I would work with, I didn’t want to work anywhere else. I’m proud of the work we do, contributing to the WordPress community, our open source code, but it’s the people that really make it a great company.
I’ve been able to do all of this without moving away from my friends, family, and the best place in the world that’s buried by snow for 5 months every year.
This weekend at the 2014 UW graduation, I was reminded how I felt a year ago — proud of what I had accomplished and where I was going. We get better at what we do every day and I’m just as proud to work here today as I was then.