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So our company hotlinks images from another server - real estate site

We use an MLS feed and It's Painfully Slow.



8:44 pm on Oct 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I have not had this experience before and im sure this problem arises with ecommerce sites that hotlink images as well.

The problem is with the feed MLS provides to us requires us to hotlink to there server. It works but the pages with those photo's load painfully slow because it links to there server.

My question is...

Is there a way to gZip it and bring it over making it faster or is there a way to compress and decompress after it loads?

I tried adding codes to the HTACESS file with gZip. But I see no difference. Any Idea's


8:55 pm on Oct 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

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If your linking to images on another server (with their permission of course?

Why not just download the images and upload them to your own server?


9:06 pm on Oct 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

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It's a feed that updates and syncs daily.

Downloads from the feed daily
- properties are removed and added

Yes we have permission.

Are you saying download the files using a script, deleting them daily and redownloading them every night?

brotherhood of LAN

9:13 pm on Oct 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

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That'd be the way to do it if you want the images to load faster for your visitors, other than telling the ecom site to get a better server.

You'd want to make sure the ecom site is happy with that, but I don't see why not when it means images are only fetched once (by you) than multiple times by your visitors.

An option would be just to fetch them on-demand, so the first visitor may see them load slowly but further visits would see your quicker loaded image.

More bandwidth on your part but faster images for most visitors. At the very least on Linux there's a simple one line command to delete files that are older than 24 hours or whatever timespan, most likely you'd want to delete them when you know the property listing is gone.


1:10 pm on Oct 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Great option for the on demand load. We will be implementing that.

Thanks Brother.

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