The Cloudflare Images beta: How it can impact your business

Cloudflare Images Beta: How it can impact your business

The Cloudflare Images service comes in response to something that’s always true when it comes to the Internet: people want visuals. If you’re selling products, consumers want to know exactly what those products look like. Your website must be attractive and visually interesting. Apps must similarly be well-designed. And users expect all of this at lightning speeds regardless of their Internet connections. It’s a lot to expect!

You may already be familiar with some pitfalls of the visual Internet. You need to take or purchase photos, crop and edit them, upload them to your website, and optimize them to boot. It’s a process that can be as time-consuming as it is monotonous. While you cannot get around the need for images on your app or website, there is a new option that might lighten your load.

Cloudflare Images Beta - How it can impact your business

Introducing Cloudflare’s All-In-One Image Service: Cloudflare Images

Cloudflare recently announced a new service, Cloudflare Images, which is a streamlined image storage, resizing, optimizing, and delivery service that just became available for everyone. It’s the counterpart to Stream, a similar service for videos that the CDN has offered for the last three years. You might already be familiar with Cloudflare if you use the service for your website’s security, but the company continues to roll out new products for an ever-changing Internet.

Cloudflare Images is especially useful for companies with apps and online retail spaces, but developers will also find the new service to be quite useful. Employing a service like this allows companies to reduce the size of apps, making them more appealing to consumers. And those websites with hundreds or potentially hundreds of thousands of product images will benefit from reliable image hosting, even when receiving potentially unexpected traffic spikes. We’re all familiar with websites that have gone down after being mentioned in a TV show (think the “Colbert Bump”) or featured on the social media channel of a powerful influencer or celebrity.

A company’s success shouldn’t spell the kiss of death for its website, costing you potentially hundreds of new customers in the process.

How You Can Save Time and Money With Cloudflare Images

Of course, this surface may sound too good to be true, especially to those people who have paid the price for resource usage due to increased traffic. Fortunately, Cloudflare promises a simple pricing scheme for its Images service. Tiers are based on every 100,000 images, which can be up to 10 megabytes each. And if you’re worried about setup, the company promises that its API is incredibly reliable and straightforward. This ultimately saves businesses time that could be better spent improving the products or services they offer to their customers.

If you have little time to spare as is, you’ll be happy to learn that you can further save time thanks to Cloudflare Images putting multiple functions in one service. Although Cloudflare’s original service works for server images to users of your website or app, you would have to resize and store them separately from the CDN. A unique image ID can be altered to serve image variants such as those of different sizes without needing to create multiple files, store them in various folders, or worry about accidentally overwriting an image. That’s the real draw of Cloudflare Images and one that business owners would be wise to heed. Think of everything you could do if Cloudflare does it all for you. What kind of time or money could you save?

When it comes to cost savings, Cloudflare Images offers another benefit: you won’t have to pay to move images between one cloud service to another. If you’ve ever had to pay to move images between a host, resizing service, and content delivery network, you know how quickly those costs can add up. Some of Cloudflare’s clients report spending tens of thousands of dollars monthly on these costs alone. And if you’ve had to expand your budget to cover storing more images and videos as your product grows, you’ll similarly appreciate your images having a permanent home once and for all.

Finally, your users will thank you for using Cloudflare Images – at least, they would if they knew what had changed behind the scenes–because the service performs image optimization automatically. Whether consumers log onto your site from mobile or desktop or accesses your app, the service offers up the most ideal image for the situation. While your users may not know what a CDN is or understand the difference between Cloudflare’s image variants and static files, they may very well notice how much more quickly your website loads!

If you’re thinking about giving it a try, you’re in luck as Cloudflare Images just became available to everyone. Click Here to learn more about getting started! And if you’re looking for some other means to enhance your online presence, take a look at our handpicked list of 26 digital marketing tools to scale your business! 

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Camilla works hard to ensure that the Marketing strategies and executions are on point and data-driven, not only for our clients but internally at Profitable Media as well. She’s been coming up with innovative ways to reach and engage audiences for over 8 years.

Camilla B. <br><span>Digital Marketing Specialist </span>

Camilla B.
Digital Marketing Specialist

Camilla works hard to ensure that the Marketing strategies and executions are on point and data-driven, not only for our clients but internally at Profitable Media as well. She’s been coming up with innovative ways to reach and engage audiences for over 8 years.

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Vlad Popirda

MARKETING SPECIALIST

If you’ve been swayed, convinced, or otherwise persuaded by the writing on our page or in some of our emails, chances are Vlad was the man behind it.

Be it Social Media Management, Marketing Strategy, PPC Ads, or Copywriting, you can rely on him to get the job done.

With a Bachelor’s in Marketing and a Master’s in Advertising, his life’s work is to leave this world better than he found it, and he aims to achieve that by putting his talents in the service of the right people and helping businesses make a difference in the world.

Outside of working hours, you may find him singing Britney Spears songs at karaoke nights, or exercising his creativity in varied ways, such as playing chess, designing board games, playing guitar, or playing Dungeons & Dragons with his mates.

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Alisa Villanueva

ACCOUNT MANAGER

Alisa is the glue that brings all the parts of our operation together. The one always keeping an eye on the bigger picture. The person that makes sure that it all works smoothly and on schedule, giving everything an artistic spin and flourish with her keen eye for design.

With her background in sales, customer service and art, it’s no wonder her strength is in communicating with people, be they our customers or us, her team.

While juggling her different tasks (Project Management, Web Design, Quality Control, Customer Service), one thing never changes: she will use her artistic sense to make a project unique and she will hear out the person she is working with, understanding their needs and wishes while integrating and tying them all together to create an outstanding final product.

When she’s not tuned in to her work, you’ll find Alisa taking ordinary things and making them beautiful. In her artistic endeavors she explores many different mediums of expression, like painting, ceramics, dance, and cooking. Among these, her dancing stands out, as she is part of a salsa dance performance team, doing gigs both locally and nationally.

Her dream is to travel and explore different cultures, which she is always doing from home by cooking and trying out various cuisines from around the world.
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Alisa is the one that makes things work smoothly and on schedule, giving everything she does an artistic spin and flourish with her keen eye for design.

With her background in sales, customer service and art, it’s no wonder her strength is in communicating with people, be they our customers or us, her team.

Zach Warshawsky Chief Operations Officer at Profitable Media, LLC

Zach Warshawsky

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Zach manages the operational side of our business and coordinates all the work done by our team. He designs technical architecture and always keeps an eye towards the future, making sure his solutions are scalable. He applies his skills in all sorts of fields, such as Project and Team Management, Sales Funnels, Web Technology, Split Testing, Automation and CRM.

If there’s one trait he shares with Henry, it’s passionate problem-solving. Although he has been working for over 25 years in Sales, Marketing, Management, Team Building and Customer Service, perhaps his relevant business credentials start even earlier. At 15, he started a business selling and installing car stereo systems before he even had a driver’s license. Armed with a reseller’s permit and a passion for business, he started down the path of entrepreneurship and hasn’t looked back since.

With four amazing children and a wonderful wife in his life, his goal is set: provide the best possible life for them that he can. To that end, he works hard on helping clients scale their businesses through the use of cutting edge digital marketing tools.

His weapon of choice on this quest is not a coincidence, for his knowledge of technology is certainly top-notch. This can sometimes be a blessing and a curse however, when the Apple Genius Bar can’t solve a friend’s problem, it’s Zach’s phone that gets lit up.

To unwind, he spends time with his children, goes on weekly dates with his wife and is passionate about crafting culinary art… he unwinds and loves creating amazing home-cooked meals for his friends and family!

Henry Hamamjy Chief Executive Officer at Profitable Media, LLC

Henry Hamamjy

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

One of the two men that started it all, Henry has a knack for judging character and managing the internal structure of our team. The go-to guy for when business owners hit a roadblock, he is well known for offering unique, scalable solutions to any issue that presents itself. 

With a background in Sales, Marketing, Management, People Development and Leadership, he puts it all to good use in the service of his clients and fellow team members, helping them better themselves. 

He’s a born problem-solver, breaking any seemingly impossible task into achievable actionable items.  He has successfully helped dozens of businesses expand to the 7-8 figure level, by designing and implementing extensible, supportive and responsive infrastructure that his clients could then leverage to their fullest advantage. 

At work, he loves helping our customers make their dreams a reality, taking businesses to the next step of success, guiding them all the while. Outside of work, he enjoys a good meal with friends and a nice Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. He also likes travelling with his family and exploring different cultures and finding out more about our world. Having dreamt of becoming a soccer player when he grew up, he has since traded that sport for another, namely golf, which he partakes in whenever he gets the chance.

Little known fact, he won the Atomic Spicy Food Competition when most of the people quit after just a couple of bites. Scientists have yet to come up with an explanation.