Optimized image delivery for everyone
Another major factor in web page size and delivery speed: images.
If your site is image-heavy – like our own – you need to deliver images as optimized as possible. Optimizing images can be done manually. PhotoShop has great tools for this. But we want editors to be able to add any image to their content without worrying about optimization.
There are plug-ins that handle this for you, but they all have limitations. Sometimes they can’t handle many images at once. Most of the time they’re quite expensive and require a subscription.
And then, we found statically.io
Statically is a free Content Delivery Network (CDN) that will handle image optimization for you. Just slap it on, and it works: your site will serve fully optimized images through a fast, global CDN.
We just added this Statically Images logo image to this post. The original was 55kB (already quite small), but we let statically.io do it’s magic and it came back at 22kB!
Sometimes, things that sound too good to be true exist 😉