Best Practices for Images

For Editors

Logo and Favicon: Upload your logo and favicon under Settings > Layout using high resolution PNG (or WebP) files. Any size or resolution is acceptable. Note that the Favicon will be cropped to a square (1:1) aspect ratio.

Cover Images: Cover images added to Web Pages, Article Pages, Event Pages, etc. will all be scaled to a 16:9 aspect ratio with a maximum resolution of 1600x900 pixels. Generally these should be uploaded in JPG (or WebP) format. Any resolution is fine, but common resolutions such as 1280x720, 1600x900, etc. are most appropriate. Avoid uploading huge “raw” image files (e.g. images greater than 1 MB in file size).

Image Blocks: Images added in the page body (via the Image or Image Link blocks) will keep their original aspect ratio preserved, but will be scaled to a maximum width or height of 1600 pixels. Any aspect ratio or image resolution is acceptable.

For Developers

New in version 1.0: Images are served in WebP format.

As of version 1.0, all images are served in WebP format. WebP format provides the benefit of significantly smaller file sizes and results in an overall faster website with better SEO performance. All mainstream browsers released after 2020 include WebP support. The following browsers and/or operating systems do not support WebP, but might still be in use:

If your website needs to support these systems, we recommend having Wagtail substitute WebP for JPG with the following setting in your Django settings file:

    "webp": "jpeg",

If you would like to support both WebP and alternative fallback image formats, you may need to override the default CRX templates to use the picture element as described in the Wagtail docs.