Do I need an API key along with Easy IO?

Some have asked the question (or something similar): If I use Easy IO, do I need to keep optimizing my images with EWWW IO? In particular, folks have wondered if they need to use the Compress API key on their images once they activate Easy IO. Note that only the Easy IO Developer plan includes an API key. At any rate, the question remains, "Do I need to use this key?"

The short answer is "no", but there are reasons you might use both the API and Easy IO together...

Easy IO and Compression

If you read the Intro to Easy IO article, you may have noticed that Easy IO compresses every image that passes through our CDN. Theoretically, that is EVERY image on your site, but some themes and plugins may do "clever" things that bypass Easy IO.

Additionally, it is important to know that Easy IO performs image optimization on copies of your images. It never alters the original images stored on your web server, but compresses a copy of the images stored on our global network of servers (CDN).

So, when do you use the API in addition to Easy IO?

  1. If you need to save on the storage space used by your website, you can use the API key and run a bulk optimize to reduce your storage needs.
  2. If you just plain prefer to have the compressed images stored permanently on your server instead of only on our servers, then you should use the API (via the bulk optimizer).

Happy Optimizing!