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Best place to store product images?

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Hi guys,

I am (still) building that Ecommerce website using one of your templates and HikaShop.
i have finally got a lengthy ,csv ready to work with the related images.

There are many thousands of products, I am fairly sure it is best practice to keep the images on a separate server to speed things up for site visitors so my question is;

Would that be well served with a commercial Dropbox server? Or do you have another suggestion for speed and safety?
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Hi

Do you have an active membership with Hikashop?
If so they may best be able to advise on this

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Hi Paul,
I do and will post this question there now..Thanks
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Thanks :)

If you could post their reply that would be great :)

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Hi Paul,
Will do. i have also repeated my question on the Joomla forum. Might be a bit of a waste, but you never know.
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Thanks :)
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This just in from the Joomla Forum, it sounds like proven way to go. Still I will wait for HikaShop to respond;


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You could consider using a Content Delivery Network (CDN) like cloudflare.com

A free plugin like CDN for Joomla! works well with that.
extensions.joomla.org/extensions ... king/14438

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I'd wait for hikashop to advise before using a CDN

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will do.
Are there known problems with a CDN? I'll Google it. sorry about the ads in Peter's post, I should have removed them before posting on JB forum. :)
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It will add complexity and time to the site build

I'd missed the ads but have now removed them so no problem

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Hi,
Actually i did know of the CDN's just wasn't familiar with the generic acronym.

Yeah i can sure use simple(r) right now!
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CDNs can get complicated :)
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Hi,
Here is the response from HikaShop;

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Hi,

You can change the folder where your images are stored by HikaShop with the "upload folder path" option of the configuration. However, that folder has to be a folder of your local web server or it won't work properly.
Now there are solutions to link a folder of your server with a third party storage server/service but it won't help for speed.
Safety is not a concern for the images.
I would simply recommend to keep it like it is by default. Sending images to clients is not a lot of load, and if you need more speed, it's better to subscribe to a CDN service which automatically serves your static content (images, CSS, JS files) for you without changing any configuration on your website."
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My plan is to simply place the images in the Joomla media folder and see how it works in practice.
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Sounds a good plan

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