WP Retina 2x

The Ultimate Retina Plugin

This plugin creates the image files required by the Retina (or any high-DPI) devices and displays them to your visitors accordingly. Your website will look beautiful and sharp on every device. The retina images will be generated for you automatically (you can also do it manually) and served to the visitors. You will be able to control everything from a nice dashboard.

From WordPress 4.4, responsive images support has been added to the core. The plugin never supported responsive images (only retina) so this is a good news. The plugin supports this new WordPress already and adds the retina images to the src-set. It also give you options to control what WP 4.4 is doing (and to also remove that new image size which was added and might be redundant).

Retina for WordPress

Quick start

  • Check what image sizes are in use in your WordPress.
  • Set your options. Default options are good but you might want to avoid certain image sizes being generated by the plugin.
  • The retina images are created on-the-fly by default but right after the install you will have to go to the Retina dashboard and click on Bulk Generate.
  • Voilà!

Check the tutorial, the FAQ and the official support forum.

Showcase

I originally made WP Retina 2x for my own use and, of course, I use it on my two main websites. Do you want to see what it does and how my websites appear on Retina? Visit them at:

  • Jordy Meow: Hosted on WP Engine, uses the PictureFill (default) method and WP Engine CDN.
  • Haikyo.org: Hosted on SiteGround, uses the Retina.js method and MaxCDN. It additionally uses CDN Linker to make sure all the file resources are renamed to be loaded through the CDN.

I recommend both WP Engine and SiteGround, they are both really nice hosting services for WordPress with fast and serious support. If they are too expensive for you, then I recommend HostGator. They do not offer the best performance but are inexpensive and have surprisingly good support.

What does the plugin do?

retina-what-it-does

  • Reza Purnama

    Ahhh, please fix bug crash for wp retina 2x v.4.8, check this plugin www utekno(dot)net crash, my site using wordpress 4.7.3, please downgrade to v.4.7.7 sir

    • Did you check your PHP Error Logs? I have never heard about that and the plugin works fine for everyone right now, it might be specific to your install, or a clash with another plugin, or something else. I need details since I can’t reproduce this issue at all πŸ™ PHP Error Logs would help.

  • Loren Tucker

    I just updated to 5.0.2 and get a fatal error. Please help if possible! πŸ™‚ Thanks. Here is the error code: Fatal error: Class ‘Meow_Admin’ not found in /***/****/****/wp-content/plugins/wp-retina-2x/core.php on line 482

    • Can you contact me directly? Best would be to access your install, I try to reproduce the issue but I can’t πŸ™ All my installs have their plugins updated, I think this might be a glitch…

  • Great, so even though I buy licenses from you, I can’t log in now and am chasing my tail to try to relicense my sites. Come on Jordy you can do better for your customers.

    • About this, if you have an issue, contact me directly and we will fix it, I actually have no clue at what your problem is, and the last few days everything is going very smoothly, or so it should.

  • dpc

    Hey – problems installing the pro over the non pro – can this be improved? Also sent to this page for a license but no clear link to my account /serial number.

    I’m actually a bit confused about what this plugin does now. Am i right in thinking it adds the retina sizes to the scrset attribute?

    So method in basic settings should be set to None?

    And no lazy loading?

    Thanks!

    • What kind of problems do you have installing the Pro over? You simply need to remove the non-Pro.

      The plugin does the same as before, create and maintain the src-set (core feature) and with PictureFill it does actually adds the src-set to the normal src. Lazy-loading is also included with the Pro. Method in basic should be “PictureFill” for most installs, but in 2-3 years hopefully it could be set to None (= only maintain the src-set, doesn’t re-write HTML).

      • dpc

        Automatic deactivation of non pro, clearer messaging, different namespace maybe, install like normal plugins but activate pro features with serial… You can’t see setting options on menu change unless you actually save settings as picture fill.

  • Just noticed my Pro license disappeared from my install, why and how do I get it back? There’s no place to fill it in?

  • Hey Jordy,

    I wonder what the best way is to display an image that is smaller than the full content width in Retina.

    Example: My content width is around 800px. I upload a retina screenshot that should have a visible size of 310x125px (it’s natively 620×250).

    Is there any other way than to have premade media sizes for that? When I insert it into the post in full size it get’s stretched to 620x250px and of course doesn’t display like it should.

    Maybe I’m just missing things but I wonder what the intended way is.

    Thanks for helping!
    Frank

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