Once limited to tacky, flashing banners with neon colors and cartoons that floated through pop-ups and email headers, GIFs have changed for the better. With this change, they are here to stay, especially for WordPress users and developers. Designed specifically for the web, GIF files are typically small in size, making them perfect for adding a touch of movement to a post. In fact, animated GIFs can bring a refreshing sense of life to an otherwise static article or topic. However, animated GIFs come with their fair share of problems and frustrations. Since animated GIFs are comprised of many frames, they can quickly go from being small, unobtrusive files to being some of the most unwieldy graphics on your server. GIFs are known for slowing down load times on pages where they are used, making them a barrier to repeat traffic and a problem point for webmasters who understand the importance of speed in an age of impatience. Then there are all the WordPress-specific issues. WordPress was not created with animated GIFs in mind, and their resurgence has given developers some headaches. While WordPress generally resizes images automatically, this process breaks animations by only displaying the first frame.
Creating a GIF (Photoshop Example)
Downloading GIFs is quite tricky. Just follow the advice in this post. This depends on how they were created. This post guides you step-by-step through upload of self-made GIFs, as well as of such found online. You should find the reason, why they broke and fix that. This post suggests a solution to one of the most common issues with animated GIFs: resizing. The same applies to many of the WP themes out there. The bad news is that you can still bump into issues when creating or downloading GIFs or when trying to make them work with your current theme.
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Support » Theme: Astra » Animated logo not working in header- gif image. Hi, I have added animated logo on my website but animation is not working. Could you please let me know how can this be fixed? The page I need help with: [ log in to see the link]. Hello manjeet1. We do not see the GIF file to be an animated logo.
WordPress does not always display animated gifs properly. Even though the original size of an animated gif may appear fine as you are creating the post. Once published you may notice your animations stopped working, and instead a still image is shown. Your WordPress website might restrict the size of large image files, which means that you have to check the platform's regulations. Some WordPress themes might not allow you to display images that are above 10MBs. WordPress themes auto resize the dimensions of animated gif images for better presentation, and as a result, you end up losing the animation during the resizing process. This is the same for certain image optimisation plugins. The theme will not enlarge a gif that is smaller than the framing templates, but it will shrink any gif that is larger than the template's dimensions automatically.