For each scripting language, there are various image manipulation libraries for actions like cropping, resizing or optimizing each item.
The problem is that some libraries are lacking some features, they may not be available on "that" hosting account, etc. and you may be in need of a better solution.
Cloudinary is a web service for processing and manipulating images in the cloud with the requests we can send using the HTTP and URL based APIs provided.
The Giveaway: Cloudinary is giving away 3 x 3 months Basic accounts (worth$120/account) to WRD readers and details of "how to joining it" can be found at the bottom of this post.
It starts with handling the uploads (including multiple files at once) and accomplishes standard jobs like cropping, resizing, optimizing or converting them so easily.
Let's say you have uploaded an image named "
product.jpg" and sized 600*400px using the API. You want to display a small thumbnail in the product listing page:
a little bigger one in the product detail page:
and the original one in a lightbox
Amazing right? They are all created on-demand, cached for future use and served from Amazon CDN for faster delivery.
But, Cloudinary offers more and smarter methods for today's web which will impress you like automatically fetching user photos from social networks.
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