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When I upload my post with an animated .gif, the thumbnail generates into a new image and doesn't stay animated. It will stay animated inside the post which is great. It seems to resize the .gif image and convert it into a static image because it generates an image with the sizing at the end of the original file. Is there a code to add or remove that prevents it from generating a new image for the thumbnail so it just resizes down as the gif?

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    According to this, WP only likes certain files (or I didn't read it which is possible). The post also suggest installing an external plugin but it looks older(ish). If you're inserting it into a post though, use the full sized (original) image instead of the WP resized version. – Howdy_McGee Sep 5 '14 at 21:17
  • The old "Animated GIF resize" plugin seems to fail these days with Wordpress 4.x + wordpress.org/plugins/animated-gif-resize – Eric Jan 25 '16 at 3:13
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Actually WordPress render uploaded images. So if you upload a animated gif then it will not stay animated. Read this article on how to overcome these issue.

I haven't read it through but as Howdy_McGee said, you will have to use a plugin for that.

Essential WordPress Plugins for Working With Animated GIFs

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