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I've read several threads about this subject, but I was wondering if there's any specific advice regarding it.
We have an installation of Umbraco (7.14.0) running on Azure, with images stored on a blob and saved via FileSystemProvider; they are retrieved via an Azure CDN using a helper method.
We are not currently using the Image Cropper, but I would like to add it as an option so that our users don't have to keep optimising their images manually before uploading them; however, it seems that there are some complexities with getting this set up and working.
The approaches I've read are:
1) Use the Azure CDN toolkit:
2) Upgrade ImageCropper to the latest version and use the AzureBlobCache plugin:
Does anybody have any experience with either of these approaches? Can the second one be used via a CDN or does it still require the CDN toolkit?
Thanks in advance!
We have used the AzureBlobCache plugin for a handful of projects, works very well once you get the config right.
You don't need to use the CDN toolkit to use AzureBlobCache, but if you want to use the toolkit, you need to use the AzureBlobCache plugin :)
I've used the AzureBlobCache plugin for Image Processor and it can then be configured to cache all your generated image processor images in Blob storage. I'd recommend installing via NuGet:
The config can be a little tricky to get right, but it does work very well once configured.
Thanks both - I seem to have it set up and configured correctly (I already had the FileSystemProvider for Azure set up so I had all the settings ready :))...
Just about to give it a test!
If it's working you should should see a new container within your Blob storage called "cache" (that contains all the numbered folders you used to see on disk).
I had a bit of a struggle to get it to actually serve cropped images (missed out the prefix="media/" in the security.config in the CloudImageService and AzureImageService elements).
It seems to be working now and serving the cropped images, but at the moment (presumably because I'm running locally) it's storing the images in ~/app_data/cache
The "cache" container is there in the blob already (I created it), but I assume that it will just find it and write to it - I'll publish the development branch shortly and see what happens!
Thanks for your help! :).
Finally worked out the "caching locally" issue - I hadn't updated the "currentCache" setting in cache.config to tell it to use the AzureBlobCache instead of the DiskCache...(sometimes I need more coffee).
All working as expected now!
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