The Media Optimizer dashboard gives you an overview of how your media is performing and your plan details. At the heart of the dashboard is a scatter plot that gives you a visual representation of the value that Media Optimizer is providing.
The various dashboard displays show statistics on performance and usage, giving you a quick insight into the value that Media Optimizer is providing. You can choose to view data from either the last 7 days, or last 30 days, using the controls in the top-right of the dashboard.
The dashboard provides two indications of bytes saved based on the 1000 most requested assets over the selected time period:
- Bytes saved compared to originals: This shows how many bytes you have saved over the selected period by using Media Optimizer, compared to delivering the original assets.
- Bytes saved compared to industry standard compression: Currently for images only, this shows how many bytes you have saved over the selected period by using Media Optimizer, compared to using industry standard compression. Typically, industry standard compression uses one particular format and quality value (format: JPEG, quality: 80), whereas Media Optimizer goes beyond this, offering automatic format and various automatic quality settings that you can set based on the requirements of your site.
For each of the usage graphs, you can choose to show the information presented for images and videos separately or together.
There are graphs for:
- Transformations: Transformations are counted when a new derived asset is generated. Multiple requests to the identical transformation URL do not affect transformation counts.
- Bandwidth: The amount of bandwidth used when delivering assets.
- Requests: The number of requests made to deliver assets from your media sources.
The interactive media optimization chart gives you the chance to experiment with different format and quality settings to see how your 100 most requested images would behave in terms of bytes saved and image fidelity, compared to how they behave using the current Media Optimizer configuration.
You can click a point on the chart to compare the performance of an asset in its current configuration with its potential performance based on the reference configuration.
Generally speaking, as the number of bits per pixels reduces, so does the image fidelity, an indication of how closely the image represents the original source from which it was generated. Depending on the purpose of the images on your site, it may be acceptable to have lower fidelity images, by applying more compression, in order to reduce your page load times.
You may find that a hybrid configuration works best for your site, whereby you can have one delivery profile for certain media that doesn't need such high quality, and another delivery profile for other media that needs the best quality.
In the plan details section of your dashboard you can see the plan you're on, details about your billing cycle, and your units entitlement.