Learn to use Cloudinary's fetch URL API to optimize images and serve them in next-gen formats. Cloudinary can help prioritize images and performance. Scotch.io uses Cloudinary to serve all images and it helped Scotch reach 1 second page load times.
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GLITCH CODELAB: https://glitch.com/edit/#!/codelab-cloudinary
Check out the above Glitch to see this demo in action!
Remember to set a custom cloud name at the end of the registration form. Cloudinary uses your cloud name to build the URLs it will serve your images from.
Use Lighthouse to measure page load time before optimization.Essential Reading: Learn React from Scratch! (2020 Edition)
To preview a Glitch project in its own tab, press Share in the bottom-right corner and copy the Live App link into a new Chrome tab.
- In Chrome DevTools, on the Audits tab, select Performance.
- Click Run Audits.
- When the audit completes, see the Opportunities section.Before optimization: Example results of a Lighthouse performance audit.
You'll resolve these opportunities in the rest of this codelab by optimizing the images with Cloudinary.
To optimize the three images in the starting code, you'll create Cloudinary fetch URLs for each one.
A Cloudinary fetch URL looks like this:
<cloud_name>is your Cloudinary cloud name. Example: demo
<transformations>is a list of Cloudinary image transformations separated by commas. Example:
q specifies image quality that Cloudinary will deliver.
q_1 is the lowest quality;
q_100 is the highest.
q_auto tells Cloudinary to calculate the optimal image quality automatically.
f specifies image format. Cloudinary can deliver images in WebP and JPEG-XR formats on supported browsers.
f_auto tells Cloudinary to choose an image format automatically.
<remote_image_url>is the original image URL. Example:
Here's an example of a complete Cloudinary fetch URL:
Replace image URLs with Cloudinary fetch URLs
In this step, you'll edit the image URL on line 25 of index.html.
Click Remix to Edit in the top-right corner to make the project editable.
- Create a Cloudinary fetch URL:Replace <cloud_name> with your Cloudinary cloud name.Replace with q_auto,f_auto.Replace <remote_image_url> with the original image URL. Example:
- Replace the image URL on line 25 of index.html with the Cloudinary fetch URL.
<div class="wrapper"> <img src="https://codelab-cloudinary.glitch.me/images/flower1.png"/> <img src="https://res.cloudinary.com/demo/image/fetch/q_auto,f_auto/https://codelab-cloudinary.glitch.me/images/flower1.png"/> <div class="price">Violet bouquet- $9</div> </div>
This decreases image size by more than 90%.
The photo on the right is 92.39% smaller than the one on the left, yet would probably look identical to the average user.
Now prepend all image links in the
https://res.cloudinary.com/demo/image/fetch/q_auto,f_auto/. Make sure to change
demo to your
The edited part of your
index.html file should now look like this:
<div class="wrapper"> <img src="https://res.cloudinary.com/demo/image/fetch/q_auto,f_auto/https://codelab-cloudinary.glitch.me/images/flower1.png" alt="Yellow bouquet" /> <div class="price">Yellow bouquet - $9</div> </div> <div class="wrapper"> <img src="https://res.cloudinary.com/demo/image/fetch/q_auto,f_auto/https://codelab-cloudinary.glitch.me/images/flower2.jpg" alt="Cream bouquet" /> <div class="price">Cream bouquet - $5</div> </div> <div class="wrapper"> <img src="https://res.cloudinary.com/demo/image/fetch/q_auto,f_auto/https://codelab-cloudinary.glitch.me/images/flower3.png" alt="Light pink" /> <div class="price">Light pink bouquet - $6</div> </div>
These are the results of using Cloudinary to optimize images:
Run the Lighthouse performance audit again to see for yourself!
Lighthouse performance audit: Before
Lighthouse performance audit: After
The Lighthouse performance audit should have a perfect score. In the example above, First Meaningful Paint is down by an impressive 2.5 seconds.
You have used Cloud (cloudinary) to compress the images optimally, and your page is serving next-gen image formats. Without having to mess with any configurations or using any build tools.
- Digital media management guides
- Quality optimization interactive demo
- Compress images without losing quality
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