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Automating your Image Workflow with Akamai Image Manager

Images are used to inspire, evoke emotion, and provide ways of communicating that simply cannot be done with words. It's no wonder that web pages with images get 94 percent more views than those without.

Images have become integral to how we experience the web, and the importance of delivering the right image at the right time to your users couldn't be more important. First impressions matter, and your users will see and experience images on a web page 60,000 times faster than text.

Performance Beyond Caching - Front End Optimization

"The level of stress caused by mobile delays was comparable to watching a horror movie" 

Source: Ericsson Mobility Report                   

As the above quote highlights, Performance Matters today more so than ever before. Having a fast and reliable website is expected and for many organizations, performance has become a mission critical goal. Now, we've all heard the old saying, cache is king. The goal was to cache as much content and as close to the end user as possible to achieve maximum performance. Pretty simple concept, but for anyone that has attempted this in practice without an intelligent Content Delivery Network (CDN) can certainly attest the challenge is immense. 


In part 1 of the deep dive we learned about the best practices involved in choosing an appropriate image format in preparation for web delivery. In part 2 we will discuss different configurations to leverage Akamai's Adaptive Image Compression (AIC).


As many web developers and content designers know, compression is as much an art as it is a science. Knowing when to apply compression and how much compression to apply is paramount to your user experience. A one size fits all method means you're either not compressing enough and leaving potential performance gains on the table (forcing your user to wait) or potentially compressing too much, putting your user experience and product in jeopardy.

Delivering High Performing Images on the Akamai Edge


Deep Dive - Part 1: Image Formats

In our previous entry, we got a glimpse into the capabilities of the Akamai Adaptive Image Compression (AIC) product, and how it can help in making the fastest sites on the Internet even faster. But how does fast delivery of images actually happen? In this two part deep dive, we will address:

  • Initial decision points content developers need to keep in mind when evaluating image formats, and their image compression options
  • The Adaptive Image Compression implementation process, and how to choose your compression settings

HTTP is ubiquitous. Seems like everything today is being served from the web. We are using smartphones to do everything from answering our doorbells while we are at work to remotely controlling SUV's. All of this, happening on a platform we call the World Wide Web. Websites are delivering richer and more personalized content than ever before, creating user experiences that were never conceived of. This means, more than ever, size matters.