Why You Should Consider using SVG in WordPress?

Sometimes, adjusting or displaying
images on a website can give a hard time to web designers.
Nowadays, a lot of attention is paid for using high pixel
density screens.

However, calibrating the images of a website on these
high-resolution displays delivers a lot of
headaches. To overcome this problem, most of
the web developers have resorted to Scalable Vector Graphics
(SVG) for showcasing images in their websites.

The primary purpose behind the usage of SVGs is to scale up the
images in an efficient and effective manner so that your
website is compatible with these retina display

What are SVGs and how are they useful?

SVGs came into existence almost around two decades
. Since then it has been extensively implemented by
tech giants. It has been created by W3C as a file extension for
the vector graphics image format.

SVGs is a useful technique for enhancing the display of
websites of typically any kind. The primary objective or
benefit of implementing these are that they will avoid your
images from getting blurred as they are viewed on different
screen resolutions.

No other file format can be compressed with such ease as the
SVGs. Apart from this, you gain access to a wide variety of
tools that can be utilized for editing the SVG files. All the
images in SVG format can be used as static or dynamic
. They are also scalable and zoomable.

After having a brief discussion about SVGs, now its time to
have a look at the various benefits or advantages catered by

Quickly Implement the Changes

One major advantage of using the SVG format is that in the case
of error you can easily rectify it and make the desired changes
by adjusting the coordinates or the words inside the custom
text editor. Such liberty is provided by the other file

Completely Scalable

SVGs are well suited for the responsive designs which are an
bonus as in the past few years smartphones and tablets have
almost replaced the desktops. As these SVGs are scalable, you
can easily modify any design that will be able to adapt to the
different screen sizes of higher resolutions.

Save As Smallest Possible Size

The SVGs are defined by the XML format as it doesn’t consist of
a fixed number of dots. This enables it to be saved in the
possible size or any size that is feasible. Due to this, it
doesn’t how big is the graphic, you need only to transmit the

Ideal for Informative Websites

With SVGs, you can easily create graphics that will enable you
to present details is a very efficient manner. Along with this,
you can even showcase your illustrations more efficiently when
compared with the other high-resolution

These graphics look amazing when printed and can be understood
very easily.

Search Engine Optimized

In SVGs, each and every text will remain as text, and in case
the website elements are not supported by the browser, it will
still display some info.

Apart from this, these SVG codes can be understood by both the
humans as well as the machines. Even search engines like
Google can
analyze these SVGs instantaneously.

 Handle DOM Effortlessly

With SVG, you can easily attach the event
alongside making changes to the elements that
is done for the other HTML blocks. This will allow you to move
a particular item by just altering the coordinates that are

Usage of SVG in WordPress

WordPress doesn’t provide the permission to add SVG to your
media uploader as they are seen as a
security threat .  However, you can make use of SVG by
providing the ‘Media Library Uploader’ the access to upload the
files with an SVG format.

This can be done by adding a well-defined code that is
mentioned below.

function wp_svg_fnc($arr = array() ) {
$arr['svg'] = 'image/svg+xml'; return $arr;
add_filters( 'mime_types', 'wp_svg_fnc');

Immediately after adding SVGs to the WordPress website’s Media
Library Uploader, the height and width of the SVG image would
be set to 1px each. This will make it very hard to view your
images. By using the SVG in a custom field, will increase the
size of your images.

For fixing this issue, you will have to add the below mentioned
code in the WordPress theme’s functions.php file.

function wp_svg_style() {
echo '<style>
svg, img[src*=".svg"] {
width: 120px;
height: 120px;
add_action("admin_head", "wp_svg_style");

The above process must only be followed if you are looking to
enhance the visual appearance of the SVGs with the help of a
simple tool.


From the above post it is clear that implementing SVGs in your
WordPress website will prove very advantageous for it.
Especially in today’s graphic intensive web world, SVG will
enable you to allure significant traffic on your site. This
will in return prove very beneficial for your business.

Written by Sarah Clarke

Sarah Clarke is a WordPress Developer by profession and writer
by hobby. She works for WordSuccor Ltd., offering WordPress theme development
service to global clients. She is always trying to share
her intangible knowledge with others on the web. Follow her on
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