1. Get the Plugins
WP QuickDraw (Basic) – For WP QuickDraw Basic simply search for and install “WP QuickDraw” directly from your WordPress admin plugins utility. You can also click right to download the free plugin from WordPress.org into a standard WPQuickDraw.zip folder in your downloads directory.
WP QuickDraw Pro – After you purchase your subscription (click right to purchase), download WPQuickDrawPro.zip to your downloads directory using the link provided in your subscription confirmation email (go to your account if you need it resent). Please note that WP QuickDraw (Basic) is required to use WP QuickDraw Pro, so a WPQuickDraw.zip folder will be included during your Pro download just in case you don’t already have it.
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2. Install and Activate the Plugins
WP QuickDraw (Basic)
If you downloaded the plugin directly from WordPress through your WordPress plugin utility then click on “install” when prompted. If you downloaded the plugin from this website instead then click on “add plugin” from the plugin utility (in your left column admin menu). Note that you need to have admin level permission to see this utility. When WordPress prompts you for the plugin file, navigate to your computer’s downloads directory and click on the WPQuickDraw.zip folder, then click on “install”. After installing using either method, find WP QuickDraw in your plugins directory and click on “activate”. WP QuickDraw will now begin processing your Media Library to deliver your website content with the Basic plugin features.
WP QuickDraw Pro
First, make sure you have installed and activated WP QuickDraw Basic which is a necessary plugin for WP QuickDraw Pro to work. Now click on “add plugin” from the plugin utility (in your left column admin menu). Note that you need to have admin level permission to see this utility. When WordPress prompts you for the plugin file, navigate to your computer’s downloads directory and click on the WPQuickDrawPro.zip folder, then click on “install”. After installing, find WP QuickDraw Pro in your plugins directory and click on “activate”. WP QuickDraw will now begin processing your Media Library to deliver your website content with both Basic and Pro plugin features.
Advanced Users – Do not disable WP Cron. WP QuickDraw uses the WP Cron feature included in standard WordPress installations to access the HifiPix API for processing images in the background. If WP QuickDraw detects that WP Cron is not working properly on your website you will see an error message at the top of your WordPress admin panel screen (see Support FAQ)
3. Enter your API License Key in the Dashboard (WP QuickDraw Pro only)
Once WP QuickDraw is installed and activated then clicking on WP QuickDraw in your WordPress left column admin menu will show the simple WP QuickDraw Dashboard. Enter your API license Key from your subscription confirmation email into the Dashboard (you can also find your API Key in your account).
PLEASE NOTE: Each API License Key will be permanently associated with the WordPress website domain (and related development domains) where you first enter your Key and cannot be transferred.
4. Let your website acceleration begin!
The WP QuickDraw API processing of your WordPress Media Library will begin automatically as soon as you activate the plugin (see How it Works for more info). If you are using a CDN, please refer to the CDN FAQ. If this is the first time the plugin is installed and activated, or if you update WP QuickDraw to a version with enhancements requiring re-processing of your images, it may take some time (up to 30 minutes for a typical website) for your library to be fully processed (check the progress with the Dashboard gauges). Images that haven’t yet been processed will still appear on your published pages without WP QuickDraw features until they have been processed (yes – it’s all plug and play!). But remember, all this happens in the background anyway so you can close the Dashboard and come back to check status at any time. However, please do not close your browser with your WordPress admin website since this may discontinue the automated processing. A special note – WP QuickDraw processing is only applied to images with a minimum width of 768 pixels because WP QuickDraw provides the greatest benefit to larger images. Processing also only applies to the largest image size of your your tier level (Basic, Pro4K or Pro8K) so you will see that a number of images in your WordPress Media Library may not be “WP QuickDraw Enabled” in the Dashboard after processing. So for the most benefit you will want to replace smaller images so they are at least 768 pixels wide. Please check out the Dashboard Settings for an explanation of WP QuickDraw Dashboard options and Best Practices for really taking advantage of all the features for the best user experience.