Just kidding. For boring technical reasons, the GIFs will be made static just for the main homepage and category pages. Post pages will act as normal.
BETA Image UX: Animated GIFs
Just a quick note about the user experience (UX) of the website.
We’ve heard many times from many people that the animated GIFs were a problem. At minimum, slow-to-load …. and at maximum, an eyesore and turnoff from enjoying the content.
Over the last two months, we’ve attempted to make things better with a far more relaxed pace between images. From 77-milliseconds as the default, we bumped up to one second between images. Then two seconds. Then 250-milliseconds… and finally a round 300-milliseconds between images.
We were reluctant to ditch the animations altogether; they are part of why Car-Revs-Daily.com is so much cooler than boring old print magazines, or even iPad editions of great magazines like Evo or TopGear.
We are testing currently a new solution. The GIFs are still present and accounted-for, but will generally animate and start their ‘slideshow’ on mouseover. They are largely disabled on mobile — but you can click them open to a new tab in mobile, where they still animated automatically.
The new GIF setup will start playing on desktops when you roll over the image. GIFs will be labelled with a small circle saying “GIF” in the center of the image.
What is the downside? Nothing… once everything is converted. For a few days, the gifs may not have their grey GIF circle and might not roll-over animate. But, in theory, they will….
Thanks for getting through this admittedly dull info update. To jazz things up, here are 20 new, real-life photos of the stunning 2017 Ford GT.