WordPress adopting WebP images

Bookmarked WebP by Default Merged Into Core for WordPress 6.1 by Sarah GoodingSarah Gooding (

WebP, an image format developed by Google, which is intended to replace JPEG, PNG, and GIF file formats, will soon be generated by default for new JPEG image uploads in WordPress and used for website content. The main work for this feature was committed to core for inclusion in the upcoming WordPress 6.1 release.


I have too many WordPress sites, I don’t want to have to go install another plugin on all of them 😑 I’m really not happy with the directions WP is taking the last few years, starting with Gutenberg 😠

I hate .webp files, you can’t *do* anything with them! Give me a jpg or png any day. I often download book covers to add to this website, save inspiration and reference images on my desktop, and for work used to need to find logos all the time. There are legitimate reasons for saving images from the internet, and providing images in a format everyone can use is just another way to play nicely. I want to be a good internet neighbor. Not surprised this shit format is a Google invention 😠

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