What is the WebP format?

What is the WebP format?
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The WebP (Portable Open Format) image extension is a compressed format used for enhanced viewing on the Web. It is a high resolution but low compression size format. Initially developed by Google, using technology acquired from the purchase of On2 Technology, it allows images to display more detail and clarity than before. It was later released as a free format and is available for use in most Windows based programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Corel Draw, etc …

WebP images are ideal for online because they compress much faster than other file types, as a result, images can be transferred much faster than JPEG and PNG images. WebP images can be compressed up to 10 kB. Lossless compression uses a mathematical algorithm to determine the optimum amount of compression to use, while lossy compression uses other methods to reduce the size without affecting image quality.

In lossless mode, each pixel is compressed. This results in very small file sizes and is ideal for websites that don’t expect many visitors, however, the loss of every pixel results in the image quality being reduced and not as sharp and clear as the original. Although they are not perfect they are very similar to the original and still provide a lot of quality.

Despite the potential damage caused by lossy compression results, there are ways to minimize the effects.

WebP can also be a lossless image format that has numerous advantages and can help you save disk space slightly by improving image quality and reducing file size.

It is also possible to keep old image files with other formats on your site so that, depending on the browser used, the best scenario for displaying the correct format is presented.

You can use numerous online converters to test the results and compare them, so what are you waiting for to improve your website making it more performing, it will take some time but you will not regret it.