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How can I use WebP images?

WebP is a relatively new image format from Google that creates smaller file sizes for images than other file types (like .jpeg and .png) while still retaining high quality – that’s the theory at least!

If unfamiliar with the details of WebP, you can read more about it here.

WordPress does not currently support WebP images so you cannot just upload images in this format into your blog’s Media Library like .jpeg or .png files. 

WebP plugins

So other workarounds are required and while WP plugins do partly get around this problem, you still require a conversion option for those browsers – even though the number is getting smaller – that do not support WebP images either: https://caniuse.com/?search=webp

Even when you run a free plugin for WebP integration on a blog, an extra step is required for the conversion process e.g. from the WebP Express plugin settings page:

Welcome! Unfortunately, your server cannot convert webp files in PHP without resorting to cloud conversion.

But do not despair! – You have options!

– You can install this plugin on another website, which supports a “local” webp conversion method, and connect to that using the “Remote WebP Express” conversion method
– You can purchase a key for the ewww cloud converter. They do not charge credits for webp conversions, so all you ever have to pay is the one-dollar start-up fee?
– You can set up a webp-convert-cloud-service on another server and connect to that. It’s open-source.
– You can try to meet the server requirements of cwebp, Imagick
, vips, gmagick, or gd.

Quite a bit of mucking around isn’t it?

Converting a ton of images (.webp to .jpeg for unsupported browsers) from a lot of websites adds a huge workload to any host’s servers, on top of normal Web operations – this is the primary reason why we are not yet supporting WebP until WordPress itself fully supports it.

WPX can support WebP and we are running it for a small number of WPX customers BUT it requires extra steps and more $ as the image conversion is handled remotely and not on WPX servers e.g. https://wordpress.org/plugins/shortpixel-image-optimiser/

ShortPixel comes with 100 free credits/month and additional credits can be bought for $4.99 for 5,000 image credits.

If you get stuck with anything discussed on this page, please get in touch with WPX Support Team via live chat (use the bottom right-hand widget) and they will respond and help within 30 seconds or less.

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