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Using WebP format for a photographers site in GeneratePress

  • Hello,

    I converted my photography website to Generatepress and Generateblocks. So far so good but I also want to make my images in the webp format. But how? I know there are a lot of plugins to do that but I don’t know what’s the best. Fast and lightweight like Generatepress. My hosting is Chemicloud (LiteSpeed server) and I use the LiteSpeed cache plugin. That has a build in webp converter but the quality for a photographers website is not so good. So I’m looking for another solution.

    My uploaded images are already optimised (with jpeg mini) on my computer.

    I’ve got 2 options:

    Option 1
    I could also do it with photoshop or Pixelmater Pro. These can export to webp and I can control the quality.
    The LiteSpeed cache has an option to toggle on to serve .webp images:

    Image WebP Replacement
    Turn this option ON and two things will happen:

    For all future requests, Image Optimization will generate images in the WebP format in addition to optimizing the original images.
    LiteSpeed will serve .webp images in place of .jpg or .png to browsers where it is supported. (If an unsupported browser requests a page with WebP images on it, LitespeedCache will serve a version with the original image file format to that browser.)
    This is a master switch. To control the use of WebP on an image-by-image basis, from the WordPress Dashboard, navigate to Media > Library, and you will see a WebP optm/non-optm toggle link.

    Or can I do that on another way in Generatepress?

    Option 2

    Use a plugin (webp express, imagnify, optimal, ewwm,…)

    Other solutions, tips are welcome.

  • Hi there,

    I would go with Option 1 – Manually turning all images into webp images before uploading them. This would be the optimal approach.

    I personally use a bulk webp converter software for this. This is the one I use that does the job:

    If you’re looking for a plugin, I find that most customers use Imagify though the caveat in this approach is most plugins only convert Image Blocks and not Background Images.

  • Indeed nice pease of software.

    I read that 97% of current browsers support webp. Then it might be a better idea to only show webp images.

    In the meantime, I have also tested this plugin Converter for Media and it also works well.

  • Yes, using webp images is best for a site performance-wise.

    Glad you found a plugin!

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