About the plugin

The WordPress Image Compression and Security Plugin allows you to publish images in a SmartFrame format directly from WordPress. This means there’s no need to upload these images through the SmartFrame Admin Panel first.

How to get started with the WordPress Image Compression and Security Plugin:

  1. Download the plugin and install it on your WordPress page according to the installation guidelines.
  2. Start using the plugin. You don’t need to register for a SmartFrame account beforehand, although doing so will provide you with many additional options. You can also connect your existing account by using the SmartFrame access code that can be found in SmartFrame Admin Panel > My Account > Integrations. Keep in mind that you can only have one WordPress integration per access code.

Your plugin is now active and ready for use. You can publish images as SmartFrames on your WordPress page and, should you want to explore further possibilities of SmartFrame, you also have access to the SmartFrame Admin Panel. Keep in mind that while image security options apply to all images, the interactive elements will not be visible on images with a resolution lower than 320 x 200px.

Using the WordPress Image Compression and Security Plugin

Once you connect your plugin to your SmartFrame account, you can start using it straight away:

  1. Click on SmartFrame in the left-hand-side WordPress menu.
  2. Select the Enable option in the Image Protection and Optimization section.
  3. Choose the SmartFrame appearance you can see what your website looks like by clicking on Preview Changes. Click Save changes once you’re ready – your images are now protected and optimized.

SmartFrame will never upscale your images, so you should make sure that the images you initially upload to the SmartFrame Cloud are in a high enough resolution to look good across all devices; a minimum of 2000px across the image’s longest dimension is recommended. The size and resolution of the original image will not affect the page loading speed, although low-resolution images aren’t ideal for display on high-resolution displays, and these may also limit the performance of the Hyper Zoom feature.

SmartFrame branding

As a WordPress Image Compression and Security Plugin user, you can start using the SmartFrame plugin without any mandatory registration. If you want to remove the SmartFrame branding from your images and manage their appearance, simply register for an account.

Upgrading to a Pro plan

When you register for a SmartFrame account, you have access to 2GB of storage space on the Free plan. You can always see how much storage space you have left on the plugin page inside WordPress. If you need more space or additional SmartFrame features, you can upgrade to a Pro plan. Read more about SmartFrame pricing plans.

Check out the SmartFrame Admin Panel

The SmartFrame WordPress Image Compression and Security Plugin has been designed in a way that allows you to bypass the SmartFrame Admin Panel. The Admin Panel does, however, provide access to many additional features that aren’t available through the plugin. These features include:


The Insights section allows you to track the performance of your images. SmartFrame collects viewing data, clicks, interactions and many further metrics. You can also see which pages are embedding your images, should someone decide to add them to their site. This data, which is available for all your images in WordPress, can be accessed free of charge at any time.

Custom Themes

When you create a SmartFrame Enterprise account, you’ll be able to start using one of three existing Themes: Presentation, Security or Blank. The Admin Panel, however, allows you to create custom Themes and these give you control over features such as social media sharing buttons, image captions and watermarks. You can also change the way these elements look and behave, from adjusting the colors of the buttons to configuring their mouseover behavior.


Campaigns allow you to display your ads directly over your images, wherever they are embedded. These allow you to direct your audience back to your website or social media pages. You can choose one of five campaign types: advertisement banner, promotional prompt, newsletter subscription, social media prompt and sponsor logo.


I can’t see the buttons and/or caption on my SmartFrame

Make sure that you have selected a Theme that includes buttons and a caption, such as the Presentation or Security Theme. Also, remember that some elements of the SmartFrame may only be visible on a mouseover. You can easily check which Theme is used in the SmartFrame settings:

Keep in mind that if you leave the image caption field empty, the caption will not be displayed on the SmartFrame. If the caption and/or buttons aren’t visible on your page, it may be that the WordPress Theme you’re using is not fully compatible with SmartFrame.

SmartFrame has been tested with 13 of the most popular WordPress themes: Avada, Enfold, The7, X | The theme, BeTheme, Astra, Writee, GeneratePress, Neve, Reykjavik, Cali, Didi Lite, OceanWP. If your WordPress theme is not compatible with SmartFrame, please contact us directly and we’ll help you find a solution.

The cirle mask is not working on my images

The WordPress image masking feature is not supported on SmartFrame. This means that when you select the “Circle Mask” option for one or more images in WordPress, then they will be presented in the default square or rectangular format.

My website is not working properly or it has stopped working

If your website has stopped working or your pages are not loading correctly, it may be that you’re using a configuration that’s not fully compatible with SmartFrame. We suggest you disable your plugins one by one and check which one creates conflicts with SmartFrame. If you discover one that’s not compatible, please let us know and we’ll try to find a solution.