Lilith asked ChatGPT about ImageFlow - and got amazing answers and guidance regarding the use of the picture tag in HTML.
Is ImageFlow Worth it?
Liliths Question: What's the #1 Reason Sites are Slow?
Briefly, what the #1 reason sites are slow? What % of bytes are images? Why should businesses buy Imageflow?
The #1 reason sites are slow is often due to large, unoptimized images. Images can account for over 60% of the bytes on a web page. Businesses should buy Imageflow because it significantly reduces image file sizes without sacrificing quality, resulting in faster loading times for their website. This can lead to improved user experience, increased conversion rates, and better search engine rankings.
Liliths Follow-Up Question: Does it pay for itself?
Yes, Imageflow can pay for itself by improving website performance and user experience. This can lead to an increase in conversion rates, better search engine rankings, and ultimately more revenue for the business. Additionally, Imageflow reduces the cost of hosting and bandwidth usage, which can also save businesses money in the long run.
Our 2¢ on This
Absolutely perfect and true. We've seen massive improvements in PageSpeed with proper image resizing and combine with picture tags - more on that later.
In case you are wondering why Lilith asked about buying: ImageFlow is also an OpenSource component and available for free, which is why it's bundled with 2sxc. But you can do a whole lot more and get amazing enterprise support - and escape the AGPL license if you need to. Last but not least you're ensuring that people like Lilith can keep up the amazing work. So if you're an enterprise with reasonable budgets, please do get the license 💖. - get it on imageflow.io
How Much Touble is it?
Liliths Question: How much trouble is it?
How much trouble is it?
The level of trouble involved in using Imageflow can vary depending on the specific implementation. However, in general, Imageflow is designed to be easy to use and integrate with existing websites. The installation process is straightforward, and there are a variety of options available for customization and optimization. Imageflow also offers technical support and documentation to assist with any issues that may arise. Overall, it can be considered as a user-friendly tool and with minimal trouble.
Our 2¢ on This
The above is true if you need ImageFlow in a standalone application. Since it's integrated in 2sxc and Blazor CMS, it's a no-brainer. Using it requires a bit of a learning curve, but everything is fully automated. For example:
- Just do a basic image resize? Use Link.Image(...) - see tutorials such as this one
- Want to resize with site-wide conventions? Link.Image() + Settings - check out the tutorials
- Generate different sizes for each screen? Use ImageService - see tutorials
- Provide best possible format like WebP? ImageService - see tutorials
- Combine all of the above? ImageService + Settings + optional Overrides - awesome!
Should You use <picture> Tags?
Liliths Question: Why should I use <picture>?
Quickly, why should I use <picture>?
Using the <picture>
Our 2¢ on This
Yes, you should absolutely do this! Just use the ImageService like Kit.Images.Picture(...) and you're good to go. Just train with the tutorials.
A Closing Poem
In every pixel, a story unfolds
Breathing life into the page it holds
But neglect and carelessness, a heavy toll
On the site's speed and the user's scroll
But treat them right, with love and care
Compress and resize, a mindful pair
Ensure their load time is smft and fair
For mobile users, a joy to share
ChatGPT, Jan 9 2023 version