What is a progressive JPEG?

The JPEG image format is one of the most commonly used image formats on the web. The format is most often used for colorful, complex images such as photographs. The JPEG specification includes a range of valid file extensions, however the most common are .jpg and .jpeg.

No matter the extension used all JPEG images will be treated more or less the same. Although not all JPEG images are created equally. In the image formats specification there exists a lesser known setting. This setting, called Progressive Mode, can drastically improve the experience using JPEGs on the web. Continue reading “What is a progressive JPEG?”

Featured Video: Liquid Web Managed WordPress and Image Compression

The key to running a successful blog or website is having great content and making it easy for your users to find what they need. Part of providing great blog content usually involves using images and graphics to enhance your articles, posts and pages. Doing so will provide your readers with visual context and can help break up large blocks of text. Using lots of visual elements and images isn’t without its trade-off though.

The more HD photos you use, the more data a user has to download when reading your articles. This can mean longer load times for users, and higher disk and bandwidth usage for your server. That’s why you should always optimize your website’s images since long page loads can cost you views. In this featured video Chris Lema shows how our Managed WordPress improves this with a default plugin. Continue reading “Featured Video: Liquid Web Managed WordPress and Image Compression”

Proactive Server Maintenance Checklist, Prior to Reboot

Take a Backup, or Be Sure Backups are Running

We have tutorials on How to Create a Storm Server Backup, and How to Restore a Storm Server Backup.

Check Running Processes

Liquid Web’s Heroic Support team closely monitors the load on your servers with Sonar® proactive monitoring and service restoration. That said, it’s always wise to glance at what processes are running on your server to assure your services are running as expected. Check-out our tutorial on Monitoring Server Processes with Top for Linux.

Verify Services Will Start at Boot

Be sure to verify that all of your necessary services are configured to start when the server boots up. For CentOS users, you can follow this tutorial: chkconfig Command Examples for Red Hat and CentOS.

Save, Save, and Save Some More

Always check whether or not there are any unsaved changes to configuration files, etc. prior to a reboot. Save early and safe often!
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