How to stay below 15 GB in your Google Cloud Drive

Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Amazon Drive… There is no shortage of online storage services, otherwise known as Cloud Drive or Cloud Storage. And almost all of them offer a free plan for those people that cannot or don’t want to pay for online storage. Here’s a small list of the most popular storage providers and their free plans:

  • Google Drive: 15 GB
  • Microsoft OneDrive: 5 GB
  • Dropbox: 2 GB
  • Amazon Drive: 5 GB
  • iCloud: 5 GB
  • Box: 10 GB
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How WebP images can speed up your (WordPress) site

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So you’ve been a brave admin of your website, minified and compacted the JavaScript and CSS, optimized all your images in order to make them as light as possible, and took proper care to have properly sized images or thumbnails loaded everywhere. If you have a WordPress site, using some plugins like Autoptimize or ShortPixel Image Optimizer saved you a lot of hassle in doing that. Now that’s great but what can you do next?

Enter WebP – a modern image format created by Google, that provides superior lossless and lossy compression for images on the web. Continue reading How WebP images can speed up your (WordPress) site

ShortPixel Image Optimizer: The only WP plugin that creates AVIF images

AVIF images are the next big step in image compression, and we have already been talking about it. AVIF promises images 50% smaller than JPG, and still keeping the same image quality. In comparison, WebP makes the image about 30% smaller, so it’s easy to see why you will want AVIF.

Starting with version 4.22, ShortPixel Image Optimizer (SPIO) is able to generate AVIF images! No need to use any hacks or manually upload them to your site. You just need the good old ShortPixel Image Optimizer.

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How to configure your web server to deliver AVIF images

ShortPixel Image Optimizer is able to create and serve AVIF files since version 4.22. The delivery can be done in two different ways: using the <PICTURE> tag syntax or without altering the page code (via .htaccess).

The recommended method is via .htaccess, but it’s only available if you are using Apache as web server. If you are using NGINX, and if you are having trouble after creating AVIF files on your site and the supporting browsers are downloading the images instead of displaying them, you have come to the the right place.

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What is DNS Prefetch and why you should implement it on your website

We previously talked about what Preconnect is and why you should implement it on your website. In this occasion we will talk about DNS Prefetch, a similar technique.

What is DNS Prefetch?

You probably know that domains exist just so we don’t have to remember the IPs of the servers of every website. Resolving a domain to an IP address is a process that takes some time, usually around 20-120ms, and that is done for every external domain that your website includes. Wouldn’t it be nice if these connections were made in the background while your page is loading, so when the actual resources need to be downloaded it all would take less time? That’s what DNS Prefetch does.

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