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Today I am trying an experiment -- let me know how it is for you.
As you may be aware of will have noticed Brickset's set images are hosted on the 1000steine.com server courtesy of Rene Hoffmeister, the German LCP who runs it. They've been there for 15 years and the arrangement has worked well.
However, there are several disadvantages:
- It's not possible to programmatically access them (e.g. to upload new ones via a web form)
- It's bad for SEO (Brickset's images never appear in Google image search even though Brickset is near the top of many website searches)
So, to resolve these issues I've copied them to the Brickset server and changed the site configuration to load them from there today. I would have run the test yesterday but uploading some 57,000 files over my ADSL link with a 512kbps upstream speed took somewhat longer than anticipated!
Anyway, I want to know whether you notice any difference in the time it takes for images to load. My initial tests using Chrome developer tools suggest that load times are comparable but I'd like to know how it is for you.
The CloudFlare content delvery network will kick in and in theory most requests should be served from it so the additional load on the server should be minimal. The CDN could well improve loading times given the images will be served from a server local to you, and not on in Germany.
Please let me know...