Lose Some Page Weight: Optimizing Your Website's Image Performance

Page Weight Scale

We all know how important it is to ensure your website loads quickly. Speed is vital to the success of your website; countless tests have shown that page load speed directly impacts your revenue, pages per visit, and user engagement. And guess what accounts for more than half the weight of the average website? Images! In this post, I’m going to show you how to identify opportunities to optimize your images, which will in turn improve the speed of your site.

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New Blur Parameter Offers Fresh Possibilities in Fit Mode

Blur effect

Resizing a vast database of images to fit a fixed-size image container—as is often required for profile photos or product images—can be a truly daunting (and thankless) task. In a previous post, we demonstrated how imgix’s fit=fill and fit=fillmax parameters offer a simple solution by allowing you to automatically resize images and fill in any excess space with a single solid color. Now, we’re excited to increase the scope and flexibility of fit=fill and fit=fillmax with a new parameter, blur.

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Update to the imgix Privacy Policy

An updated Privacy Policy will go into effect May 25, 2018. In order to ensure that all imgix customers working with the data of EU citizens are able to continue to do so, imgix has become GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) compliant. These changes reflect our efforts.

These changes to the imgix Privacy Policy will go into effect for all customers on May 25, 2018. You may review the new Privacy Policy at https://www.imgix.com/privacy.

By continuing to use our services on or after May 25, 2018, you indicate your agreement with the new terms and policies that are effective as of that date. There will be no change to the functionality of the imgix service, but we do hope that you will find these updated terms beneficial. If you have any feedback, please feel free to contact us at privacy@imgix.com.

TLS/3DES Deprecation

imgix has an ongoing commitment to provide our customers with industry-leading security, so we want to inform you about a change that we will make to the imgix CDN to continue that commitment.

imgix enables you to deliver your images to your users using either HTTP or HTTPS by leveraging the worldwide, high-performance imgix CDN. HTTPS delivery is available with every imgix source, at no additional cost and without additional setup, because we strongly believe that allowing our customers to securely deliver their content is an essential part of the value of the imgix service. To follow the best currently available security practices, we periodically evaluate the imgix CDN’s configuration parameters. During our most recent evaluation, and due to changes to PCI requirements, we will be retiring the availability of older TLS protocols and a legacy encryption cipher for all customers of the imgix CDN.

Effective today, the imgix CDN will no longer support connections utilizing the TLS v1.0 or TLS v1.1 protocols. TLS v1.2 will continue to be supported. Additionally, we will no longer support the 3DES cipher. All other current ciphers will continue to be supported.

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IPv6 Support for the imgix CDN

IPv6 Support for the imgix CDN

imgix has launched support for IPv6 connectivity on the imgix CDN. It is available to all imgix customers immediately.

Why IPv6 matters for your images

As more devices join the global Internet community, especially in newly emerging markets, the availability of IPv4 addresses has largely been exhausted. Over time, this means that more and more end-user traffic to IPv4-only services must be routed through IPv6-to-IPv4 gateway services, such as carrier grade NAT devices operated by ISPs and mobile carriers. This allows new devices to access every site on the Internet, but performance may suffer as a result.

IPv6 adoption has grown slowly, but has recently begun to accelerate. This traffic now accounts for over 10% of global Internet traffic, and considerably more when only mobile device networks are considered. Recent studies have shown that native IPv6 connectivity can have a significant positive performance impact on content delivery.

By offering native IPv6 connectivity to all of our customers, we are eliminating this bottleneck. All end-user devices on the Internet will be able to utilize their preferred path, whether IPv4 or IPv6, to connect to the imgix CDN and obtain your images as fast as possible.

No setup required

IPv6 connectivity is automatically enabled for all imgix CDN customers. No configuration is required for your imgix Source and we handle DNS for you. IPv6 connectivity to origin servers is not currently offered. Our CDN pricing remains the same: one flat per-gigabyte rate for each of our 50+ worldwide edge nodes, with no additional charges for the number or types of requests.

Please reach out to us at support@imgix.com with any questions.

New Edge Nodes in India, South America, and US

New Edge Nodes in India, South America, and US

Business is global, and ensuring fast page load speed is a critical task for every company when competing for customers’ attention. This is especially true with increased mobile-first usage in many parts of the world.

To expand your reach, we’ve added four new edge nodes. Two in India—Mumbai and Chennai—and one in Santiago, Chile will greatly improve our image load times throughout Asia and South America. In addition, we've expanded our North American capacity with a new node in Columbus, Ohio. We’re looking forward to even more in the new year so we can continue to bring your images to customers faster, no matter where they are.

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