Google created the Webp image file format to take the place of the JPEG
, and GIF
file formats. It enables animation, alpha transparency, and both lossy and lossless compression. The most widely used next-generation image format is WebP. 90% of modern web browsers support this Google-developed open-source format. Adopting WebP at this time is a sure bet. The user experience for practically all of your website visitors will be improved if you modify your WordPress site to support it. Despite all the recent hoopla, WebP—pronounced "weppy"—is a somewhat ancient technology. Since its initial announcement in 2010, it has been updated and improved to reach its present condition. It’s become a popular topic lately as it pulled ahead in the next-gen image format wars: as of this writing, it’s supported on Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Opera, and most recently Safari.