Photon Adds WebP Support for Faster Loading Images

Last week Jetpack announced that its Photon image service added support for the WebP image format, which provides up to 34% size reduction for served images when compared JPEG images of the same visual quality. For Photon users this translates into faster-loading pages.

WebP is not yet natively supported by all browsers, so Photon will auto-detect the visitor’s browser and serve the images in the best quality/speed possible.

I spoke with Jetpack team leader George Stephanis at WordCamp US about the improvements to Photon, and he broke it down for us in the video interview below.


6 responses to “Photon Adds WebP Support for Faster Loading Images”

    • Ignore me, I thought Photon converts the images automatically. That would be great!

      Instead, I have to use third-party plugins to do it.

    • With Photon enabled images will be automatically converted to WebP (when a browser that supports it requests your image) . All you have to do is upload your images to your post or media library and Photon will take care of the rest. Note: the file extension won’t change, only the MIME type, but it is indeed WebP


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