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can Koken Library contain images stored/hosted elsewhere?

Jaime Guerrero

Oct 21, 2016 11:10PM EDT

I have my photos already stored as plain JPG image files elsewhere on my Hosting Provider's web-visible file storage space.

Can KOKEN utilize those image files WITHOUT COPYING THE IMAGE FILES to its own 'database' or its own portion of the file system?

-at an application level, Can I create KOKEN library "entries" that are mere *references* to original images stored elsewhere (but accessible to the KOKEN code)?

-at a technical level, Can the HTML KOKEN generates contain IMG tags pointing to my SOLE originals rather than copies managed by KOKEN?

(I understand that for thumbnails and mid-sized "preview" images, and for all text and configuration data, KOKEN will of course have to create its own files for those and store them somewhere.)

I don't want to incur TWICE the storage cost at my Hosting Provider of all my huge images. I WILL NOT MOVE them permanently ONLY into KOKEN, that's too risky, in case my needs change or it turns out to not work well.

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Team NetObjects Koken Agent

Oct 22, 2016 03:18PM EDT

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A key part of Koken involves image generation and caching. Koken creates images by using image processing software installed on your web server. This process takes your uploaded images and generates smaller versions for use inside Koken and on your public web site. A variety of image sizes are generated for optimum load times across all screen sizes (phones, tablets, desktops, etc). Once smaller versions of images have been cached, those cached versions are re-used for optimum speed and performance. A cached copy of an image is only generated again if you replace its original file with a new version.

Koken considers several factors when creating cached images, including the size the image will be displayed in your site theme and whether or not the end user is using a HiDPI (also known as “retina”) screen. In all, Koken has the potential to create 28 different caches for each image you add to your library.

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