The Sirv WordPress plugin

WordPress logoThe standard image options for WordPress websites can be quite limiting.

The Sirv plugin changes that, giving you instant control to choose any image size, with all kinds of effects, perfectly optimized for the web. Sirv removes the hassle of image management, with a single media library to embed images anywhere online (not just in WordPress).

Follow the steps below to enjoy 360 spins, zoomable images, responsive images and plain images throughout your WordPress website.

Install Sirv on your WordPress website

Simply install the plugin from your WordPress admin, with the following steps. Alternatively, download the zip from our official WordPress CDN plugin page.

1. Go to the Plugins section of your WordPress admin and click “Add New”:

WordPress Plugins

2. Search for “Sirv”:

Search for Sirv in the WordPress plugin directory

3. Click “Install Now”:

Install Sirv on your WordPress website

4. Click “Activate Plugin”:

Activate Sirv plugin in WordPress

5. Go to the “Settings” page for Sirv:

Sirv for WordPress settings page

6. Enter the S3 connection details from your Sirv account. (If you don’t already have a Sirv account, create an account here.)

Copy S3 details from Sirv to WordPress

Sirv is now installed!

Enable the CDN

Speed up your WordPress website by serving the most optimal image to each user. Sirv automatically converts images (preserving the originals), serving them in the most efficient dimensions and image format (WebP, JPEG, PNG or PNG). It’ll apply compression and other optimizations to minimize file size. For hi-res screens, it’ll serve retina images. Finally, it’ll cache the images ready for rapid delivery across Sirv’s fast global CDN from the nearest of 20 server locations.

Enable the Sirv WordPress image CDN to instantly accelerate your WordPress site:

Enable Sirv CDN for WordPress

All featured images, gallery images, WooCommerce and other plugin embedded images will be served by Sirv. Only theme images will continue to be served from your server. Not only will Sirv serve your images faster, it takes pressure off your own server so it can dedicate more resources to serving your other page files faster.

Add 360 degree spin to a page or post

Enjoy life-like 360 spins. Display spins on its own or as part of an image gallery.

1. Install Sirv plugin on your WordPress site.

2. Click “Add Sirv Media” button in your page or post:

Click Sirv Media button to access Sirv library images

3. Select 360 spin image in your Sirv Library > Click “Continue”:

Select spin image in Sirv Library

4. Click “Insert into page” button:

Insert Sirv spin into WordPress page or post

5. Spin image will appear in page/post as a gallery:

Sirv spin appears as a gallery

6. You can change the settings of the gallery:

Update Sirv Spin settings

7. You can also add additional images to your gallery. Click “Edit gallery” settings icon > Click “Add images” button > Select additional images > Click “Continue” button > Click “Update” button:

Add additional images to Sirv Spin gallery

8. Your spin will display as a thumbnail in the gallery on your page/post:

Preview Sirv Spin gallery on WordPress page or post

Add zoomable images to page or post

Visitors love seeing close-up detail of any image. The larger your original images are, the deeper the zoom.

1. Install Sirv plugin on your WordPress site.

2. Click “Add Sirv Media” button in your page or post:

Click Sirv Media button to access Sirv library images

3. Select images to be zoomed > Click “Continue”:

Select zoom images in Sirv Library

4. Embed as “Image Zoom” option will automatically be selected > Click “Insert into page” button:

Insert Sirv zoom into WordPress page or post

5. Zoomable images will appear in page/post as a gallery:

Sirv zoomable images appear as a gallery

6. To update gallery settings click “Edit gallery” icon:

Update Sirv Zoom gallery settings

7. Captions can also be added to images:

Add captions to Sirv images in WordPress

8. Caption text will appear under main image on page/post:

Add captions to Sirv images in WordPress

Add responsive images to page or post

A single image or a gallery of images can be added without the zoom effect. The image(s) will be completely responsive. Which means they will look perfect on any viewing device.

1. Install Sirv plugin on your WordPress site.

2. Click “Add Sirv Media” button in your page or post:

Click Sirv Media button to access Sirv library images

3. Select images you want to be responsive > Click “Continue”:

Select responsive images in Sirv Library

4. Select Embed as “Image Gallery” option > Click “Insert into page” button:

Insert Sirv responsive images into WordPress page or post

5. Responsive images will appear in page/post as a gallery:

Sirv responsive images appear as a gallery

6. You can update the gallery at any time to add/remove images; use captions or change gallery settings. Simply click “Edit gallery” icon:

Update Sirv responsive gallery settings

Add a plain image to a page or post

As well as adding zoomable responsive images, you may wish to just add plain images. Perfect for listing articles.

1. Install Sirv plugin on your WordPress site.

2. Click “Add Sirv Media” button in your page or post:

Click Sirv Media button to access Sirv library images

3. Select image from your Sirv Library > Click “Continue”:

Select image from Sirv Library

4. Select Embed as “Plain image” option > Click “Insert into page” button:

Insert Sirv image into WordPress page or post

5. Plain image will appear in page/post as a thumbnail:

Sirv image appears as a thumbnail

6. Click “Text” tab to view image code:

Sirv plain image code in WordPress

7. You can change the image size to any you desire. This example uses a percentage value. You can also use a pixel value. (For more information on dynamic imaging, visit the Scale section of our documentation.)

Change:
?thumbnail=150&image=true
To:
?w=35%

8. The plain image size has now increased to 35% of the original image size:

Sirv plain image size has increased in WordPress

Uploading images

Upload images to Sirv either from your Sirv account or via your WordPress admin panel: “Sirv” > “Media Library”:

Upload images via Sirv Media Library

Deleting images

Depending on your server settings, you may be limited to uploading 20 images at a time.

To delete images/folders from the Sirv Media Library, go to your Sirv account.

Help from a Sirv expert

If you have any questions about how to use the Sirv for WordPress plugin, please contact our support team from your Sirv account.

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