Mihajlo Djordjevic

Using Cloudinary to conserve space on your hosting server


As Developers, we have all come across frustrating moments when our web app is not uploading rapidly enough due to images. This affects end users by diverting them to look for an alternative webpage. And on the top of that, not a welcoming phone call from a client to do something about it. The great news is that we can resolve this by using one of many technologies, in this case Cloudinary. As the name suggests it is a cloud-based platform where you can store and upload images through CDN. Also, you can use this service for both web and mobile apps. Depending on how large files are you can choose a plan that fits your file management needs the most. For example, if you have only few files to manage the Free plan would most likely be sufficient. It includes 25 credits which are calculated base on image storage, bandwith, and transformation. To calculate more precisely, I invite you to visit this webpage https://cloudinary.com/pricing.

Once you have an active account, you can manage images by creating folders for an easier and quick view. The next step is to upload the image, copy the URL, and paste into your code. Another option would be to also copy/paste line of code depending if you are using Ruby, PHP, Python, .NET, etc. The bottom line is that options are available to you based on the preference and/or a need of your project.

Another aspect that I like is the option to learn more by watching many of the webinars. As we know, technology changes so much that having an additional training can only be a benefit to us. You can choose a video based on an industry, or just browse through the list. Besides this great addition, you can take advantage of many add-ons, SDKs, and CMS-eCommerce to enhance the overall performance. In conclusion, utilizing Cloudinary will relieve the hosting server and speed up the loading time tremendously.