Optimizing GIFs for the Web
Ire Aderinokun describes a frustrating problem that we’ve probably all noticed at one point or another:
Recently, I’ve found that some of my articles that are GIF-heavy tend to get incredibly slow. The reason for this is that each frame in a GIF is stored as a GIF image, which uses a lossless compression algorithm. This means that, during compression, no information is lost in the image at all, which of course results in a larger file size.
To solve the performance problem of GIFs on the web, there are a couple of things we can do.
Switching to the
<video> element seems to have the biggest impact on file size but there are other optimization tools if you have to stick with the GIF format.