How to Upload GIF in WordPress

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In this guide, we will discover: How to Upload GIF in WordPress – Easy Beginners Guide 2023
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Don’t know how to upload a GIF to your WordPress website? Read this guide as it demonstrates two ways to add a GIF in WordPress.

By Oluwaseun Bamisile | Updated March 22, 2023 | 10 minutes read

In this detailed guide, you will learn two ways to insert a GIF into a WordPress post or page. Hence, I will teach you how to perform this task using the Image block in the WordPress block editor.

This guide will also demonstrate how to execute this task with the aid of a plugin.

That being said, you will find an FAQ section in this guide. That section will provide answers to a couple of the most asked questions relating to the topic in discussion.

Add GIF in WordPress Using Image Block

Add GIF In WordPress Using Image Block

The fastest way to insert a GIF in a WordPress post or page is by using the Image block in the WordPress block editor. The following procedures and screenshot images will demonstrate how to achieve that.

  1. Start by logging into your WordPress website’s backend as an administrator. Then, on the left pane of the backend dashboard, click Posts or Pages, depending on where you wish to upload a GIF.
  1. After doing that, click the title of the page/post to where you want to add a GIF to open it. For this demonstration, I will be opening an untitled post on our WordPress website.
Add GIF In WordPress Using Image Block
  1. When the post/page opens, click the Add block icon (+ sign) in the area you want to upload the GIF. Next, input “image” in the search field and select the Image block from the search result.
  1. Afterward, click Media Library in the Image block.

The Upload option in the Image block allows you to upload a GIF directly from your computer’s storage to the post/page. Meanwhile, the Insert from URL option lets you add a GIF to your WordPress post/page using a URL.

Add GIF In WordPress Using Image Block
  1. Now, on your WordPress media library, left-click the GIF you wish to upload. Then, click the Select button at the bottom right corner of the Select or Upload Media page.
  1. Consequently, the GIF should be automatically added to your WordPress post or page.
Add GIF In WordPress Using Image Block

Insert GIF in WordPress Using a Plugin

Another way you can add a GIF to your WordPress page or post is with the aid of a plugin. Moreover, there are a couple of free WordPress plugins that allow you to insert a GIF.

However, for this demonstration, we will focus on the WP GIF Player plugin. So, the following sub-sections will discuss how to install and use this plugin in WordPress.

How to Install and Activate WP GIF Player Plugin in WordPress

  1. First off, sign into your WordPress site’s backend using an admin account. Next, hover your mouse pointer on Plugins among the left pane menus, then click Add New.
Add GIF In WordPress Using A Plugin
  1. On the Add Plugins page, input “WP GIF Player” in the search field.
  1. After doing that, click the Install Now button on the WP GIF Player plugin from the search result.
Add GIF In WordPress Using A Plugin
  1. After installing the plugin, left-click the blue Activate button to enable it on your WordPress site.

How to Upload GIF in WordPress Using WP GIF Player Plugin

  1. After you’ve successfully activated the WP GIF Player plugin, ensure you’re signed into your WordPress website’s backend as an administrator. Then, left-click Posts or Pages on the left pane, depending on where you wish to upload a GIF.
Add GIF In WordPress Using A Plugin
  1. Following that, click the title of the page/post to where you want to add a GIF to open it. For this illustration, I will click an untitled post on our WordPress website.
  1. Now that the page/post is opened, click the Add Block icon (+ sign) in the area you wish to upload the GIF. Then, type “gif player” in the search field and select the GIF Player block from the search result.

Without installing and activating the WP GIF Player plugin, you won’t find the GIF Player block.

Add GIF In WordPress Using A Plugin
  1. On the GIF Player block, click Media Library.

The Upload option in the GIF Player block enables you to insert a GIF directly from your computer.

  1. Afterward, select the GIF you wish to upload from your WordPress media library, then click the blue Select button at the bottom right corner.
Add GIF In WordPress Using A Plugin
  1. Therefore, the selected GIF should be automatically added to your WordPress post/page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions
1. What Is The Full Meaning Of GIF?

The full meaning of GIF is Graphics Interchange Format.

2. Can I Add A GIF In WordPress Using A URL?

Yes, you can add a GIF to your WordPress website using a URL.

3. How Do I Insert A GIF In WordPress Through The Media Library?

To insert a GIF into a post on your WordPress site via your WordPress media library, follow the procedures below.
a) Log into your WordPress website’s backend as an administrator.
b) Then, on the left pane of the backend dashboard, click Posts.
c) After doing that, click the title of the post to where you want to add a GIF to open it. 
d) When the post opens, click the Add block icon (+ sign) in the area you want to upload the GIF.
e) Next, input “image” in the search field and select the Image block from the search result.
f) Afterward, click Media Library in the Image block.
g) Now, on your WordPress media library, left-click the GIF you wish to upload.
h) Then, click the Select button at the bottom right corner of the Select or Upload Media page.
I) Consequently, the GIF should be automatically added to your WordPress post or page.

4. Who Created GIF?

Stephen Wilhite created GIF.

5. Where Can I Get Popular GIFs?

You can get popular GIFs from websites like giphy.com and tenor.com.

My Final Thoughts

Inserting GIFs into your WordPress post or page is a great way to add visual interest and engage your audience. Gladly, this guide provided multiple methods to upload a GIF in WordPress.

To be precise, we discussed how to perform this task using the Image block in the WordPress block editor. This guide also taught us how to add a GIF to a WordPress post/page using a plugin.

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References and Further Reading

  1. wpbeginner.com – How to Add Animated GIFs in WordPress (The RIGHT Way)
  2. Itechguides Community Forum

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