GIFs and other animated images are popular on social media websites and can add a little spice to an otherwise dull web page. However, making a GIF work for you can be difficult. If you want to add a little animation to your site, you need to learn a few tricks.
Use a GIFEncoder Extension For Chrome
One of the best things about Google is that often times their products will work for more people than other companies’ products. In web development, that means that you can use most of Google’s products without having to worry about whether or not they will work for your specific website.
One of the best things about Chrome is that it has a built-in GIFEncoder extension that makes it easy to create animated images from any webpage. Simply open the extension, click the small camera icon in the top right corner, and select the GIF you would like to use from your browser’s gallery.
Use An HTML/CSS Framework To Embed A GIF
Since most web pages are now created with HTML and CSS, you have the ability to add any kind of style you want to a webpage. That includes adding a GIF to your page with just a few lines of code.
The best part? You don’t need any special tools to do it. All you need is a modern browser and an HTML/CSS editing program.
To add a GIF to a web page, simply go to the elements tab on the top of your browser’s CSS style sheet, and look for the GIF you want to use. Once you found it, drag it into your CSS sheet and position it how you want it to appear on your webpage. In this case, we are simply going to use the GIF from the Google homepage:
To test your work, simply refresh the page you created and you will see how the GIF animates when you go from a narrow browser window to a wide one.
GIFs Aren’t Always Adequate For Web Pages
While creating the GIF above, I noticed that it wasn’t moving smoothly. That’s mostly because the animating GIF is designed for use on social media websites like Twitter. Because of that, the GIF will jerk around when you resize your browser window or when you scroll down on the page. For more traditional web pages, you can use a tool like Giphy to create smooth, sleek animations that will add some charm to your site.
Use CSS To Style Your GIFs
Many GIFs are designed to work with the animating images and designs that are popular on social media websites. Because of that, the GIFs usually have sharp colors and designs that compliment the images.
However, that doesn’t mean that all GIFs have to look like they were made for Twitter. With CSS, you can change the look of a GIF in a matter of minutes. Let’s say you want to add a little vintage charm to your website. Instead of using a GIF, you could use CSS to make one image look like it was from the 1950s or 1960s. You wouldn’t need to worry about the image being the right dimensions or not because with CSS, you can control how the image looks at all times. Plus, you can make it fit perfectly on any size screen.
What Type of GIFs Do You Need To Use On Your Site?
When choosing which GIFs to use on your site, it’s important to think about the different types of devices that your site’s audience is likely to use. That way, you can ensure that the GIFs are easy to understand and don’t hinder your website’s performance on any device.
If you are planning to use animated GIFs on your site, it’s important to remember that not all of them will work for every situation. For example, if you are using GIFs to showcase products, and most of your users are on mobile phones, you might want to consider using a tool like Giphy to choose your GIFs because they are optimized for all types of devices.
To conclude, adding a GIF to your webpage doesn’t have to be difficult. With Chrome’s built-in GIFEncoder extension and your website’s ability to use CSS, you can add a little flair to your site with ease.