What is imgix?

imgix is a real-time image processing service and CDN. Resize, crop, and edit images simply by changing their URLs.
imgix is a tool in the Image Processing and Management category of a tech stack.

Who uses imgix?

Companies
85 companies reportedly use imgix in their tech stacks, including Coursera, Zillow, and Product Hunt.

Developers
90 developers on StackShare have stated that they use imgix.

imgix Integrations

JavaScript, Python, PHP, Java, and WordPress are some of the popular tools that integrate with imgix. Here's a list of all 13 tools that integrate with imgix.
Pros of imgix
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Image processing on demand
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Easy setup
16
Reduce Development Costs
15
Smart Cropping
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Efficient
10
Insanely Fast
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Filters, resizing, blur and more as url parameters
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Easy to understand pricing
7
Professional Features and Options
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Lightyears better than ImageMagick
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Excellent Face Detection
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S3 as source
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Great for Dynamic Compositing
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Scales to your company's needs
Decisions about imgix

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose imgix in their tech stack.

Mountain/ \Ash

In mid-2018 we made a big push for speed on the site. The site, running on PHP, was taking about 7 seconds to load. The site had already been running through CloudFlare for some time but on a shared host in Sydney (which is also where most of the customers are). We found when developing the @TuffTruck site that DigitalOcean was fast - and even though it's located overseas, we still found it 2 seconds faster for Australian users. We found that some Wordpress plugins were really slowing the TTFB - with all plugins off, Wordpress would save respond 1.5-2 seconds faster. With a on/off step through of each plugin we found 2 plugins by Ontraport (a CRM type service that some forms we populating) was the main culprit. Out it went and we built our own WP plugin to do push the data to Ontraport only when required. With the TTFB acceptable, we moved on to getting the completed page load time down. Turning on CloudFlare 's HTML/CSS/JS minifications & Rocket Loader we could get our group of test pages, including the homepage, loading [in full] in just over 2 seconds. We then moved images off to imgix and put the CSS, JS and Fonts onto a mirrored subdomain (so that cookies weren't exchanged), but this only shaved about another 0.2 seconds off. We are keeping it running for the moment, but the $10 minimum a month for imgix is hardly worth it (this would be change if new images were going up all the time and needed processing). The client is overly happy with the ~70% improvement and has already seen the site move up the ranks of Google's SERP and bring down their PPC costs. AND all the new hosting providers still come in at half the price of the previous Sydney hosting service. We have a few ideas that we are testing on our staging site and will roll these out soon.

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imgix's Features

  • Process Images - Resize, crop, and composite multiple images simply by changing their URLs.
  • Optimize Images - Change output formats, device-pixel ratios, and chroma subsampling rates.
  • Make Images Responsive - Easily integrate imgix into the latest HTML5 responsive image standards without reprocessing your entire image library.
  • Deliver Quickly - Leverage the imgix global CDN with more than 20 POPs worldwide to ensure speedy delivery anywhere in the world.

imgix Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to imgix?
Kraken.io
It supports JPEG, PNG and GIF files. You can optimize your images in two ways - by providing an URL of the image you want to optimize or by uploading an image file directly to its API.
Cloudinary
Cloudinary is a cloud-based service that streamlines websites and mobile applications' entire image and video management needs - uploads, storage, administration, manipulations, and delivery.
CloudFlare
Cloudflare speeds up and protects millions of websites, APIs, SaaS services, and other properties connected to the Internet.
Fastly
Fastly's real-time content delivery network gives you total control over your content, unprecedented access to performance analytics, and the ability to instantly update content in 150 milliseconds.
Uploadcare
Uploadcare is a complete file handling platform for online business. Receive files from you users via File Uploader or File Upload API, implement image optimization and transformations with Image CDN API, and get HIPAA-compliant storage.
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imgix's Followers
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