After recently trying to post an animated GIF in a WordPress post, I was disappointed after saving the post and seeing that the image wasn’t animating.
Figuring that I did something wrong, I checked that the animated GIF worked on my computer and re-uploaded the image, but the animated GIF still did not work.
The issue was that I was using a cropped version of the meme that I uploaded. I assume that in the process of resizing the meme that the frames in the animated GIF were also stripped. This made the animated GIF just a regular image. and it didn’t matter how many times I re-uploaded the animated GIF, as long as I used any other size than the original, the animated GIF would not work.
How Do You Fix It?
The simple fix is to be sure to include the full size of the image after you click the add media button in the editor. Below is screenshot with an example.
Notice the red line at the bottom right of the editor. This is where you select the size — Be sure to choose “Full Size”. This ensures that WordPress uses the original image that you uploaded.
Questions, Comment, Corrections?
If you have any questions or feel I didn’t explain something well enough, please a comment below.