Image Optimization

Using next-generation image formats such as WebP can reduce image size and also satisfy Google’s audit on next-gen image formats. 

With our image optimization settings you can activate the loading of WebP images and generate these images automatically without any additional plugins. 

On this page you’ll find an explanation of how these features work and how to use them effectively.

Use WebP image format (where available and supported)

Enabling this feature will activate WebP image replacement (including background images) on OptimizeBuilder created pages, as long as those WebP image versions exist (see below).  Where WebP versions of your images do not exist, we will use the original image file (which would typically be JPG or PNG format).

When we enable WebP replacement, we still include code for fallback to original file formats where a browser or platform does not support the new WebP image format, so your visitors will always see your images no matter their browser.

Generate WebP images for new uploads

Enabling this option will ensure that when you upload new images to your site, or you create a new page from a template inside the OptimizePress Template Library, the images will have WebP image versions generated.  This then allows the “Use WebP image format” option to replace your original images with the new image format.

We recommend enabling this option if you are using WebP image format replacement.

Generate WebP images for existing images

In order to use WebP images on your existing pages and posts created with the OptimizeBuilder, you will need to generate WebP versions of images in your media library to be used as replacements for your existing format images (as long as “Use WebP image format is activated).

This option starts the process of generating these images from your media library.  This process can take some time (1-2 hours or more) depending on the number of images in your media library.  For a larger site with many years of images, it could take even longer.  You can leave this process running in the background but the page must stay open for the process to be active.

If you stop the conversion process at any point, you can resume it later.

Updated on November 28, 2022

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