Painfully slow load speeds. Dropbox to blame?

I have some sample data on my site and any page with images loads painfully slow. I have uptimerobot working well and any page without images is lightning fast. I'm thinking this most be a dropbox issue. I saw this question on stackoverflow, it seems like users had other suggestions for image hosting. Do you have any recommendations? Here is the link to the question: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/27211869/page-loads-too-slow-when-serving-images-from-dropbox-account

Posted over 4 years ago by Markus Lopez
Posted over 4 years ago by Alex Yang

It's certainly possible that Dropbox is the cause - I haven't tested it with a large number of images. Here are a couple things you can try instead:

1) Switch from Dropbox to AWS, which is a little more work to set up but designed for this purpose. You can see a video of how to configure that with the carrierwave gem in our Yelpdemo course. If you're using paperclip, that shouldn't be terribly hard either - take a look at the gem page.

2) Try cloudinary as suggested on Stack Overflow. I haven't tried it myself, but it looks promising. Even has a free tier as well as a Rails gem with carrierwave integration: https://github.com/cloudinary/cloudinary_gem.

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Posted over 4 years ago by Markus Lopez

I went with AWS, and I couldn't be happier with the performance boost. My pages are loading super fast. I recommend anyone having an issue with load times look into going away from dropbox for image hosting

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Posted over 4 years ago by Markus Lopez

cool. i'm going to do some more research and will report back my findings

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