Using images in your website keeps the visitor’s attention and can help break up large amounts of text. Media can impact your website speed, search engine results, and more. Larger file sizes can mean longer load time. WebP images can speed up your WordPress website.
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What is WebP
Google developed and launched the WebP format in September 2010.
WebP is a modern image format that provides superior lossless and lossy compression for images on the web. Using WebP, webmasters and web developers can create smaller, richer images that make the web faster.
Let's look at an image in several formats. First, you'll find a photo in JPG format, followed by WebP. The quality difference is virtually imperceptible at this resolution.
Why is WebP different than other formats?
WebP is an open-source format. This means anyone can work with this format and suggest improvements. Other image formats are less accessible to request feature changes.
WebP offers better compression of images. Google indicates it is the "Swiss Army knife of image formats." All the features from PNG and JPG formats are available with WebP and in a way that does not reduce the quality detectable to the human eye. Still, there are pros and cons to this format type:
- Supported by all major browsers
- Smaller file sizes improve site speed
- Anyone can suggest new features
- Most image software does not yet support this file type
- A few web browsers do not yet support this format, notably older versions of Safari
How do you add WebP images to your WordPress site?
WebP images are significantly smaller than their JPEG equivalents, so visitors to your site will see the complete page loaded more quickly. Smaller images take less bandwidth to transmit, and your images still get all of the responsive benefits of
srcsetand lazy loading by default. Finally, WebP is supported in all major browsers, so most sites can start using them today.
Whether you create images with GoDaddy Studio or any other image tool, you'll likely have a PNG or JPG file format. You can convert these images to WebP format in several ways.
1. Convert an image to WebP and upload to the Media Library
You're likely creating a lot of images for your own or clients' websites. Not many image editing programs offer a way to save files in this new format. If you are a Photoshop user, check out the WebP file format plugin.
2. Batch-convert your existing Media Library and new uploads
There are several great plugins that may meet your needs available to help convert your entire media library and individual uploads in an ongoing manner. The following plugins can help you batch convert images, specify which directories to convert, and convert new uploads as well.
We recommend a good website backup plan and testing the conversion process on a staging site.