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Image Optimization: Expert Roundup

Unoptimized images can be incredible bottlenecks that turn an otherwise well-built web page into a slow loading, bloated one. With the ever-increasing percentage of users on mobile devices, properly sizing and optimizing images to provide a good mobile experience is even more important.

When working with content creators:

Train the content creator on what type of image files to use in different situations. For example, PNG files should not be used for still photos (JPGs are the better choice), but they should be used for web graphics with transparency. PNG-8 can be used for graphics like logos with simple colors, resulting in a smaller file size than PNG-24 (see this table in Lara Hogan's "Designing for Performance" book).

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Cloudinary offers support for sonar

Cloudinary is now supporting the sonar tool, an open source platform that aims to bring together best practices for web developers.

sonar is a linting tool for the web that was developed out of Microsoft's Edge team. The code for the project was donated to the JS Foundation and development is open and looking for input from anyone in the web community, such as browser vendors, web experts and developers.

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How to Prevent WordPress from Generating Multiple Images

In this tutorial, we're going to learn how to prevent WordPress from generating multiple (resized) versions of an image. As of WordPress 4.8.1, with the default Twenty Seventeen theme, WordPress will generate six additional resized versions of a single image. I've tested it on a clean installation, and here's a screenshot to prove it.

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Analyze and auto tag images with Amazon Rekognition

Knowledge is power. And if you allow your users to upload images, you also probably want to better understand what their images contain. Whether a photo is of a building, people, animals, celebrities, or a product, image processing and analysis can assist in further comprehension. The benefits of this knowledge can go beyond "merely" categorizing your content and making your image library searchable: drawing insights from user generated content can be very useful! What better way to learn more about your users than to analyze the images they upload and find out what they care about and then have the ability to display relevant content to them according to their interests or even match them with other users that share similar interests.

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Automatically moderate your user uploaded images

Allowing your users to upload their own images to your website can increase user engagement, retention and monetization. However, allowing your users to upload any image they want to, may lead to some of your users uploading inappropriate images to your application. These images may offend other users or even cause your site to violate standards or regulations.

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Cloudinary Uses Scale API to Focus on Image Compression

Here at Cloudinary, we provide a cloud-based tool that enables our users to compress images and video for their websites and apps. Our goal is to preserve the visual integrity of the content, but deliver the smallest file size to any device or browser to ultimately optimize website performance and end user satisfaction.

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CloudinaryAndroid SDK

Developing applications for mobile consumption requires facing, and overcoming, some difficult challenges. Apps need to limit their RAM, CPU and battery usage while still performing the required tasks in a reasonable time frame. If too many background tasks are running, the mobile device can become sluggish, with the battery running out very quickly. Coordination with other apps is crucial to keep the device responsive and make the battery last longer.

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forLoop: Nigeria Event on Building for The Next Billion Users

TL;DR

Since Google shared their intent for the next billion internet users, some African developers thought this was pointing right at them and they needed to act fast. The mission to bring the next billion users from Africa to the internet kicked off a storm of enthusiasm. This community event turned into a success story and this is a summary of what happened.

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