Images undoubtedly make up a large percentage of data, reportedly up to 65% of the total bytes that makes up the data on the Web.
In its efforts to make the Web faster, Google has come up with a new file format, known as WebP to further compress the file size of these image files.
What is WebP?
WebP is a method of lossy compression that can be used on photographic images. WebP offers compression that has shown 39.8% more byte-size efficiency than JPEG for the same quality in a large scale study of 900,000 images on the Web. The degree of compression is adjustable so a user can choose the trade-off between file size and image quality.
A WebP file consists of VP8 image data, and a container based on RIFF. Webmasters, web developers and browser developers can use the WebP format to create smaller, better looking images that can help make the web faster.
Why should you use WebP?
By using WebP, you can:
- Provide a faster user experience on your site.
- Reduce your bandwidth and hosting costs.
- Improve the web!
The smaller file sizes would also make the transfer of images much faster, as well as enable storage of more images for a smaller amount of disk space.
Samples of the converted files can be viewed on this page (in a PNG container as browsers do not yet support the WebP file format)