LottieFiles launches official WordPress plugin – WP Tavern

LottieFilesa company that hosts thousands of Lottie animations and helps designers create and test their animations, just released a official plugin for WordPress. The company recently raised $37 million in a Series B round, surpassed three million users on its website and is investing in making motion design more accessible.

Lottie’s open-source animation file format is used by over 135,000 designers and developers on websites and apps for Amazon, Google, Spotify, Microsoft, TikTok, Netflix, BBC, Uber and other technology companies. foreground. The JSON-based format was created by Airbnb’s design team and gained popularity due to the small file size (600% smaller than GIFs), being scalable at the time of execution and its flexibility to be used across any platform. Lottie files can be used on iOS, Android, Web and React Native without modification.

The new LottieFiles WordPress plugin is available for free at WordPress.org. Once the plugin is installed and activated, it will ask you to log into your LottieFiles account or create a free account. You will also have the option to share the account with other users and copy Lottie files to the WordPress media library.

The plugin was designed for the block editor. Inserting the LottieFiles block will launch a modal where users can browse recent, featured, and popular Lottie animations. Users can also search LottieFiles’ library of over 50,000 animations or access private files from their accounts.

One of the benefits of using the plugin, as opposed to just integrating an animation, is that the block settings allow users to easily adjust Lottie’s size and background, as well as the speed, loop and control display.

Although block libraries like Kadence Blocks support Lottie animations, the official LottieFiles plugin is a single block plugin and includes more block controls. It offers one of the most user-friendly ways to insert animations into web pages, blog posts, or any other content that could use a bit of motion design.

So far, the LottieFiles team has been responsive on support forums and in reviews. In a case where a user reported that the plugin adds its CSS on every page on the front and backend, instead of conditionally adding it when Lotties are displayed, the plugin developers said they work to minimize the CSS added to the pages. LottieFiles accepts bug reports and feature requests on their comment site.

Esther L. Gunn