You would like to add a few animated GIFs on your WordPress website? However, sometimes after adding an animated GIF, WordPress loses the animation and it appears as a plain static image. It is totally not what we need. In this article, I will show you how to add animated GIFs in WordPress in a proper way.
Is that interesting for you to know why do Animated GIFs are becoming a static Image in WordPress?
WordPress usually 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 size.
When creating new image sizes for animated GIFs, WordPress ends up saving only the first frame of the GIF.
Now if you add any of those image sizes into your post or page, they will be static GIF images with no animation.
Having said that, let’s take a look at how to properly add animated GIFs in WordPress without losing animation.
Adding Animated GIFs in WordPress
First, you need to edit the post or page where you want to add the animated GIF and click on the Add Media button.
This will bring up the WordPress media uploader popup. You need to click on the upload files button and select the animated GIF file from your computer to upload it.
After uploading the file, select the ‘full size’ under the ‘Attachment Display Settings’ section on the right.
After that click on the ‘Insert into’ button to continue.