When writing the “21 Things We Love and Hate About Being Solopreneurs (In GIFs)” post, I ran into a problem.
I have 400 pixels of width for my blog posts, but more than half of the GIFs used in the “21 Things” post were wider than 400 pixels. I thought, “No biggie, I’ll just resize the GIFs.”
Not so fast.
The first GIF I resized in WordPress was the Britney Spears GIF. After resizing, the GIF displayed only one image; in other words, it wasn’t animated anymore. I did some research and learned my problem wasn’t unique: WordPress resizes only the first frame of a GIF.
I needed to find a solution, so I did a plugin search at WordPress.org.
I favor plugins that are lightweight and perform the specific function that I need, so I selected Animated Gif Resize. I installed and activated the plugin, and it began working. There were no settings to change.
My preference with images is to resize them in Photoshop. I might go back and do that with the “21 Things” images, but for now, the plugin is doing the job.
Details of Animated Gif Resize
Requires: WordPress 3.5 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.2 (I’m running 3.6)
Last updated: June 28, 2013
Let me know how Animated Gif Resize works for you.