Just when you thought you’d the SEO, (SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization), packed down in your brain. You’re feeling it’s safe to come out and look around like the survivor of an apocalypse. (Take your pick in what type of Apocalypse.)
You pat yourself on the back because you now know about PNG, GIF, JPEG, TIFF, BMP and many other formats.
Wait! The year isn’t out yet. There’s something else to learn about.
“Oh gosh! No!” You may groan.
I know, I know. I said the same thing when I first encountered one.
Google Definition listed below:
It’s called a WebP. A WebP is a modern image format that provides superior lossless and lossy compression for images on the web. … WebP lossy images are 25-34% smaller than comparable JPEG images at equivalent SSIM quality index. Lossless WebP supports transparency (also known as alpha channel) at a cost of just 22% additional bytes.
It may help with book covers due to they take a quite beating when a lot of traffic is sent their way and start to fade quickly because of the whimsical designs used. Light, dreamy definition in some designs are eye-catching but the draw back is, I noticed they fade too quickly. Even if you paid a lot. Heavy traffic erode the pixels used in creating the image.
But the catch to this WebP is… can your computer open this format? Most can not.