Should I host my images on a subdomain?

Joseph_Hill

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Hi there,

I have a question, I don't know why more websites using a subdomain to host their images

like: images.domain.com

instead of using domain.com/images/

what are the benefits of using images on a subdomain?

please suggest me.
 

Hassan

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A separate domain prevents your domain's cookies from being sent for every image request, where they're not needed. Reduces the bandwidth overhead for each request. Most browsers will only make a certain number of HTTP requests at one time to a particular domain, so serving images and other static content off a second domain potentially doubles the number of HTTP requests at one time.
 

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Those websites are using subdomains since their Content Delivery Network base storage server is hosted on separate server. If you have a small website and you don't have tons of photos then there is no need to create a sub-domain. However, if you want to use that sub-domain exclusively for hosting multimedia content then you should definitely do that as it saves time and bandwidth.
 
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