LottieFiles, an organization that hosts hundreds of Lottie animations and helps designers create and check their animations, has simply launched an official plugin for WordPress. The corporate lately raised $37M in a Sequence B spherical, handed three million customers on its web site, and is investing in making movement design extra accessible.
Lottie’s open supply animation file format is utilized by greater than 135,000 designers and builders in web sites and apps for Amazon, Google, Spotify, Microsoft, TikTok, Netflix, BBC, Uber, and different excessive profile corporations. The JSON-based format was created by the design workforce at Airbnb and grew in reputation due to the small file dimension (600% smaller in comparison with GIFs), the truth that it’s scalable at run-time, and its flexibility for use throughout any platform. Lottie information can be utilized on iOS, Android, net and React Native with out modification.
LottieFiles’ new WordPress plugin is on the market without spending a dime on WordPress.org. As soon as the plugin is put in and activated, it is going to immediate you to signal into your LottieFiles account or a create a free account. Additionally, you will be given the choice to share the account with different customers and replica Lottie information to the WordPress Media Library.
The plugin was made for the block editor. Inserting the LottieFiles block will launch a modal window the place customers can browse latest, featured, and well-liked Lottie animations. Customers may also search by LottieFiles’ library of greater than 50,000 animations or entry personal information from their accounts.
One of many advantages of utilizing the plugin, versus merely embedding an animation, is that the block settings permit customers to simply regulate the Lottie dimension and background, together with the pace, looping, and controls show.
Though block libraries like Kadence Blocks have support for Lottie animations, LottieFiles’ official plugin is a single-block plugin and consists of extra block controls. It provides probably the most person pleasant methods to insert animations into net pages, weblog posts, or any content material that would use a bit of a bit of movement design.
The LottieFiles workforce has been responsive on the assist boards and within the opinions to this point. In a single occasion the place a person reported that the plugin provides its CSS on each web page within the entrance and backend, as a substitute of conditionally including it when Lotties are displayed, the plugin’s builders mentioned they’re engaged on minimizing the CSS added to pages. LottieFiles is accepting bug reviews and have requests on their feedback site.