Static images too boring? Wish all videos looped endlessly? Tired of your compressed images having more than 256 colors? If so, then you probably love GIFs!
GifDrop is a WordPress plugin that allows you to drag and drop your favorite GIFs onto your own custom page. It’s still in beta, but the current version is pretty slick. In fact, I’ve been running a GifDrop page on my own site to display my 3D animated gifs, and we just added our new page here on TorqueMag.io/gifs.
“The inspiration for GifDrop was Norcross’ prolific animated GIF collection,” said Mark Jaquith, one of the creators of the plugin, “which I’ve seen him link to numerous times over the past couple years. It seemed to me that storing, searching, and presenting a collections of GIFs is something WordPress could do well. It also seemed like a way of building something with WordPress that didn’t really seem like WordPress, and a way of showing off its power as something on which you can build other web apps.
GifDrop is just a page. You upload images by dropping them in. There is no WordPress logo or WordPress branding. It’s a full page front-of-site presentation. And once it’s in the plugin repository, people will be able to easily install and manage their GIF collection, whereas a standalone app would have a complicated install process, and a third party service could just disappear at any moment. WordPress has a huge install base. Building an app on top of that just makes a ton of sense.”