What’s WebP in the first place? Can we actually use it today? And if yes, how exactly? The role of media in performance, specifically images, is of huge concern. Images are powerful. Engaging visuals evoke visceral feelings. They can provide key information and context to articles, or merely add humorous asides. They do anything for us that plain text just can’t by itself.
But when there’s too much imagery, it can be frustrating for users on slow connections, or run afoul of data plan allowances. In the latter scenario, that can cost users real money. This sort of inadvertent trespass can carry real consequences.
In this eBook, you’ll learn all about WebP: what it’s capable of, how it performs, how to convert images to the format in a variety of ways, and most importantly, how to use it. Of course — the eBook is — and always will be, free for all Smashing Members.
This guide will encourage you to experiment and see what’s possible with WebP:
WebP images usually use less disk space when compared to other formats at reasonably comparable visual similarity. Depending on your site’s audience and the browsers they use, this is an opportunity to deliver less data-intensive user experiences for a significant segment of your audience.
We’ll cover how both lossy and lossless WebP compare to JPEGs and PNGs exported by a number of image encoders.
Converting Images To WebP (Excerpt)
This can be done in a myriad of ways, from something as simple as exporting from your preferred design program, by using Cloudinary and similar services, and even in Node.js-based build systems. Here, we’ll cover all avenues.
Using WebP Images
Because WebP isn’t supported in all browsers just yet, you’ll need to learn how to use it that sites and applications gracefully fall back to established formats when WebP support is lacking. Here, we’ll discuss the many ways you can use WebP responsibly, starting by detecting browser support in the Accept request header.
About The Author
Jeremy Wagner is a performance-obsessed front-end developer, author and speaker living and working in the frozen wastes of Saint Paul, Minnesota. He is also the author of Web Performance in Action, a web developer’s companion guide for creating fast websites. You can find him on Twitter @malchata, or read his blog of ramblings.
Here’s Why This eBook Is For You
The WebP Manual will get you ready for the new image format that is capable to significantly less data-intensive user experiences for a majority of your audience:
Learn how lossy and lossless WebP compare to JPEGs and PNGs exported by a number of image encoders.
Learn which services and plugins you can use to export or convert images to WebP with your preferred design tool or command line tool.
Learn how to can use WebP in production, and how to implement proper fallbacks for browsers that don’t support WebP just yet.
Learn how to use the full potential of the WebP format. It will substantially improve loading performance for many of your users, customers, and clients, and it will become one of your favorite tools for making websites as lean as possible.
In a world between building accessible interfaces, optimizing the experiences for users, and big businesses profiting from this, we need to find a way to use our knowledge meaningfully. When we read that even the engineers who built it don’t know how their autonomous car algorithm works or that the biggest library of books that mankind ever saw is in the hand of one single company and not accessible to anyone, we might lose our faith in what we do as developers.
How often do you have to explain the purpose of a study, objectives, goals or measurements within your company? Maybe you need to prepare a presentation or a brief overview of what next steps should be taken, or maybe you simply need to build a shiny, new pattern library?
Whatever project you may be working on, today’s icon sets will come in handy. All of the vector icons were tirelessly crafted by the design team at Ecommerce Website Design, and come in various formats that can be used for personal as well as commercial purposes.
You deserve a vacation, don’t you think? Now, you might need icons on your website to indicate that you’re away, or even use some for your auto-reply. For whatever reason you decide to use today’s icon set, we’re sure they’ll bring happy summer vibes to anyone who comes their way.
Forty colorful icons dedicated to holidays and fun. (Full preview) This set of 40 icons was created by the design team at Printerinks.
We’ve featured a lot of different icon sets in the past, but we still haven’t had one dedicated to rockets, satellites and solar systems (well, don’t forget supernatural aliens as well). There’s so much to explore in the world of astronomy, and it’s about time we did. Today’s space icons were created and designed by the team at Iconshock, and consists of 40 icons in AI, PNG as well as SVG formats.
When it comes to web projects, real estate and home appliances go well together, so today we’re happy to release a lovely free icon set with 72 related icons. The set includes icons in 4 sizes and in 8 formats: AI, CSH, EPS, SVG, PDF, PNG, Sketch and Webfont. The icon set is free to use in personal and commercial projects.
You may choose from five colour themes. (View large version) The icons are available in four versions .
Have you been looking for nice icons to spice up your travel agency or the airline website? Today, we’re happy to release the Voyage Icon Set, a set of 40 free icons available in AI, EPS, PDF, SVG and PNG formats. This icon set was brought to you by Print Express and is free to use in private as well as commercial projects.
You may modify the size, color or shape of the icons.
Today we’re happy to release yet another freebie: a set of 60 lovely workspace illustrations of items that many web and graphic designers use every day: tablet and desktop computers, Apple Watches, cameras, Moleskine notebooks, headphones, pens, pencils, pairs of glasses — even coffee cups and cookies!
The full kit of workspace items. (View large version)
The set has been designed by Anastasia Kolisnichenko, from Minsk, Belarus, and released free for Smashing Magazine’s readers.
Free icons are always great to spice up our work with minimal effort. Today, we’re happy to release a free set of 40 sports icons in four styles and six formats. Each icon in this set comes in four styles: flat colored, glyph, Google material palette, and line strokes. Additionally, the line icons morph into four responsive sizes, comprising a unique icon at every breakpoint. That way, details adjust according to size while preserving the icons’ style and identity.
A good freebie is always good to have. Today, we’re happy to release a quite unique icon set. The goodie contains 92 icons in three editable variants: outlined, filled & colored, covering 15 wide categories: Science, Medical, Tech, Kitchen, Activities, Care, Weather, Marketing, Transport, Holidays, Formats, Interface, Interaction, Photo, Brands. [Links checked February/19/2017]
Using a precise grid of 60px to guarantee sharpness and consistency, unlimited possibilities are unlocked when your creativity applies to this awesome set.