animated GIFs

Uploading Animated GIFs to WordPress

There is a subtle trick!

If you want to use animated GIFs in WordPress, you may discover the animated GIF has become a static GIF. Sometimes when you add an animated GIF in WordPress, it loses the animation and appears as a plain static image. In this article, we will show you how to properly add animated GIFs in WordPress.

WordPress comes with an easy to use media uploader which allows you to add images to your WordPress posts or pages. When you upload an image using the media uploader, WordPress automatically creates several copies of that image in different sizes. There are three default WordPress image sizes: thumbnail, medium, and large. It also keeps your original image in full add any of those image sizes into your post or page, they will be static GIF images with no animation.

So, if you simply add a GIF via the WordPress Media Manager, you will probably grab one of the resized pictures and not the original animation. Make sure, you select the original size. In the image, you can see the select box where you choose the different sizes. If you choose “Full Size”, WordPress will take the original GIF you have uploaded before. Since WordPress hasn’t altered this image, the animation will be still working.

We hope this article helped you learn how to add animated GIFs in WordPress.