Do you need to know how to convert images from .WEBP to .JPG format? Read below for some useful information on what webp images are and how to convert them to another format if needed.
This information will also be helpful for my WordPress student as we talk a lot about Search Engine Optimization
What is a WEBP image?
This information is from fileinfo.com. A WEBP file is an image saved in the WebP (pronounced “Weppy”) raster image format developed by Google for web graphics. The WebP format reduces file size more than standard JPEG compression while maintaining similar or better image quality.
WebP is a relatively new image format with good compression and image quality, but is not yet supported by all web browsers.
This type of file can help increase page load times which in turn helps your site with SEO and Google search engine rank. You should note that this alone will not send you to the top of Google Page Results but every little bit helps.
What is a JPG image?
This information is from fileinfo.com. A JPG file is an image saved in a compressed image format standardized by the Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG). It is commonly used for storing digital photos and used by most digital cameras to save images.
Why should I convert images to WEBP format?
There are several reasons to convert images to webp from other formats including:
- Images will load faster on supported browsers
- Pages will load fast due to smaller payloads
- Google Page Rank should increase slightly due to faster load times
- Google PageSpeed Insights scores will increase
Free Online Sites to convert to or from WEBP format
There are many sites available that will convert images to or from WEBP format for you for free. Below is a list of several I have used in the past. Note that some of these sites will also convert to or from other file types such as music or videos as well.
- https://ezgif.com/ – Converts to and from many different file formats.
- https://www.freeconvert.com/ Converts many different file types including images, video and music.
- https://convertio.co/ – also Converts many different file types including images, video and music.
Downloadable programs that can work with WEBP files
As of 2019, WEBP files are supported by most web browsers, except for Apple Safari and Microsoft Internet Explorer.
If you come across a WEBP file, you can view it with Chrome, Firefox, Opera, or Microsoft Edge. Several graphics editors can open and save WebP files, such as Adobe Photoshop, Gimp, Image Magick, and IrfanView.
I also frequently use the program Paint.net for image editing. Paint.net however, does not support webp images by default but there is a plugin available to add this feature. This video shows you how to add WEBP compatibility to Paint.net
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