We love making you famous. We started out giving you NiceNames, then we gave you tons of other great tips on how to get found on search engines like Google.
We’ve rearranged your direct image URLs so that your filenames get tacked on to the end of every direct image link. (These!) This means your images will be more user- and SEO-friendly, but no less secure than before. As long as you remember to give your files descriptive names, you won’t need to do anything to get a little extra Google Juice.
Take a look at the address bar in the example below:
What does it mean?
Here’s what the old image links looked like:
And here’s what they look like now:
As you can see, your domain, Category and Subcategory are unchanged. Now we throw in the Image Key, version number (incremented when you make changes using various our photo tools), then size and the filename.
Your gallery URLs will remain the same (for now!) and any images you’ve ever embedded in forums or blog posts will still work. You’ll only see these minor changes in any new images that you upload and share from here on out.
Find Your Files Fast
We also did this to simplify photo downloads, because now they’ll keep their original filenames. Previously, files were saved under their Image IDs and Keys… which made them difficult to locate if you had a lot of files on your computer.
But now, instead of searching for 964725586_ddnfJ-O.jpg you can scan your desktop for mist-forest.jpg .
How do I know my images are secure?
Look at your URLs and you’ll see the Image Keys. They’re the jumble of random letters and numbers you see in the middle of that link (like “i-3sVwdJM”). Chances of anyone guessing that combo and coming up with a link to your secret, private photos are rare.
Remember that if you don’t want anyone to find your site via your image link, set your gallery settings to “Hide Owner”. This feature removes any identifying information like your nickname and the filename from that URL. More about using Hide Owner.
Making your galleries unlisted or passworded will, by default, foil Google from finding those images in search results. More about privacy options.
Can I still make custom sizes for my blog?
Of course! You’ve always been able to type in your own dimensions and get a custom image size to fit wherever you’re posting the pic. Now, just be sure to change it before and after your filename, like this:
As always, we won’t smoosh your pic even if you didn’t get the exact dimensions. We’ll make it fit on the longest side and adjust the other as needed. More info here.
Remember that if you have any feedback or questions about these changes, speak up! We love listening.