The benefits of using SVG files on your websites

Written by Bogdan Sandu on 11 Sep 2020
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Web designers are familiar with the vital role that images, perfectly designed layouts play to engage and attract users. Most of the population these days have got themselves high-resolution gadgets as in Apple phones or laptops, which provide Retina display. 

We are very familiar with the different formats an image can be saved, such as JPEG, PNG, etc. Yet, we aren't much familiar with Scalable Vector Graphics are otherwise known as SVG, which are known for providing high-resolution pictures or videos irrespective of the device they are played on and thus, including such graphics on the web is a fantastic idea to impress your viewers.

Advantages or Benefits of using SVG on your website are mentioned as follows:

Resolution

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One of the prominent features of SVG is the ability to independently determining the resolution type you need as the SVG files come under the category of vector graphics. You can modify the sizes without decreasing the quality of the image. Using SVG can come real handy during the development of responsive sites with good presentation and work on different screen sizes and gadgets.

If you use other formats such as JPEG, PNG then on some devices, the picture quality may decrease, but that's not the case when you use SVG, which makes it versatile and beneficial.

File size of SVG

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The file size of SVG may vary when compared to others due to the files' vector nature of the files, and also, it is also observed that after optimized, the file size is less compared to other image formats. Various ways are there for optimizing SVG, such as command-line devices for deleting factors and teams manually. 

Faster Loading Times

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Using image files in PNG format or JPEG tend to occupy a lot of space, which would affect the loading pace and hence affect the user interest in your site. To avoid these file size issues, you can go for SVG files as they only contain code tend to occupy way less space and, thus, protect your loading speed.

Another reason why using SVG would be beneficial is its ability to delete the HTTP requests, which would help save the loading time. If these requests are not removed, you would have to download some files which occupy a lot of space and increase your loading time.

CSS Styling on SVG

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https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2014/11/styling-and-animating-svgs-with-css/

It is easy to access SVG while using your web page by adding it to the HTML script of your page, and such added SVG is known as inline SVG. Using SVG through the browser is that you don't have to worry about generating HTTP requests for extracting an image file.

Also, the inline SVG can be styled with CSS, such as if u need to change the color or edit the software or simply export and import the file repeatedly, then you can perform all these operations by just inputting few lines to CSS.

Better Rendering Quality

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It is a well-known fact to the individuals with design knowledge that the vector-based graphics tend to provide high clarity while presenting vector-based illustrations, and they offer higher clarity of detail, which is essential to make perfect logos or icons for your website. 

It's easy to animate them

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https://medialoot.com/blog/how-to-style-and-animate-svg-elements-with-css/

There is a possibility of animating the elements within SVG to provide an excellent interactive experience to the users. You can highlight your titles or photos or symbols with animation using CSS or the internet animations application interface or just the SVG tag. 

Support for Older Browsers

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The modern web browsers offer excellent support for SVG, and only outdated browsers lack this feature, but comparatively, the ratio of browsers which cannot support SVG is very minute. Hence, you wouldn't have to worry about how to use SVG on your browsers anymore.  

Google can index SVGs

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One of the most amazing things about SVG is that Google can index it. This process happens by Google initially crawl the code in SVG files. You also have an option to include any Metadata and even a title that helps in making the icons appear in Google search to attract more users to your site.

It's interactive

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https://tympanus.net/Tutorials/InteractiveSVG/ 

There is also a feature that enables us to connect with the SVG elements using JavaScript and all the credits to the navigable DOM, which can help us develop interactive elements using SVG, HTML, and CSS.

By utilizing the latest internet animations, you can add animations to your site with JavaScript. Also, we can use the different variety of JavaScript libraries to increase the pace of SVG workflow.

Developers can edit using the code.

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https://deliciousbrains.com/svg-advantages-developers/

As we know, web developers usually don't want to use an image editing application such as Photoshop, etc. Thus, if you work with SVG, you can easily modify your image by altering the code in SVG. There are also a lot of SVG path generator tools to help you. 

Uses of SVG

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No matter how beneficial SVGs are and how well they overcome the barriers that couldn't be crossed by other image formats, they still cannot replace the existing image formats because of pictures with the vibrant color depth required to be in JPG or PNG format. Whereas in the case of normal images such as icons or complex illustrations like graphs, charts, and logos, then SVG would be your go-to option. 

In the present world, the need for SVG has escalated, and it continues to be a trend moving towards vector-based art. Any modern browser can support this format, and SVG graphics are an excellent choice for web pages in designing icons, logos, etc. Basically anything except favicons.

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