How To Enable WebP Conversion On Non WPMU DEV Hosted Sites
Smush will try to automatically detect the type of server your site uses.
If the detected type is incorrect, you can change it manually using the dropdown box.
If your server type is Apache, try the Automatic method first.
This will hopefully add the needed rules to the .htaccess file located in the /wp-content/uploads directory.
If the Automatic method does not work, you can switch to the Manual option and add the displayed rules to your .htaccess file yourself.
Note that the rules must be added to the .htaccess file located in your /wp-content/uploads directory, notthe main .htaccess file in the root of your WordPress install. If that file does not yet exist in that directory, you can create it to add the needed rules.
Smush talks you through what you need to do.
If neither of these methods are successful, you’ll be provided with a list of troubleshooting tips – and of course our 24/7 superhero support team is always on hand if you need extra help.
If your server type is NGINX, the required rules must be added manually to your configuration file.
Smush provides clear instructions on how to do this.
Just be aware that if your setup is running NGINX as a proxy for Apache, the Apache/Litespeed rules may not work in .htaccess, and you’ll want to add the NGINX rules manually using this method.
How to Check Your Image Format
Unlike the WebP Conversion option in the Smush Pro CDN, you won’t see the “.webp” format appear in source code.
Instead, if you want to verify that images are indeed served as WebP, you’ll want to pop open your browser’s developer tools and, under the Network tab, check the Response Headers for any image.
If you see “content-type: image/webp” there, that tells you that the browser is indeed serving up the WebP version of the image.
Are You Converted?
Hopefully, after reading this article, you’re confident that not only is WebP the right image format for your sites – but Smush Pro is the right plugin for the job.
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