WordPress 5.8 adds native WebP image format support

The latest version of WordPress now fully supports WebP images without the need for plugins or additional code.

Matt Mullenweg, a founding developer of WordPress, announced on July 20, 2021, the release of WordPress 5.8 Tatum. Buried amongst the new features was a mention about WordPress adding support for WebP.

WebP is an image format that can significantly reduce the file sizes of images without loss of visual clarity, and it fully supports transparency. WebP is the perfect successor to JPEG and PNG image formats. Frustratingly, the format has taken a significant amount of time to…


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