PicPerf for Statamic

Addon by Alex MacArthur

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Modern image optimization for the modern web.

This thing is a Statamic addon that automatically reformats, optimizes, and aggressively caches your website's images using PicPerf.


  • Automatically reformat images to modern, lightweight formats like AVIF and WebP.
  • Serve the modern format that's actually lighter, and only if your visitor's browser supports it.
  • Aggressively cache the bananas out of your images starting from the browser, all the way up to the global CDN.
  • The original versions of your images remain untouched.
  • Use the auto-generated sitemap for an extra boost of SEO.

Getting Started

Create an account.

In order to benefit from this addon, you'll need to first create an account at PicPerf. A 14-day free trial is available, but in order keep your images fast & globally available beyond that, upgrade to a regular plan.

Add your domain.

Add your website's domain inside the PicPerf dashboard.

How to Install

Search for the PicPerf addon in the Tools > Addons section of the Statamic control panel and click install, or install it with Composer in the root of your project:

composer require picperf/statamic-picperf

How to Use

Out of the box, you need to do nothing. The addon will prefix all image URLs with https://picperf.io, allowing them to be automatically optimized & globally cached. Specifically, only the images in HTML <img> tags (including responsive images), inline style attributes, and CSS within <style> tags will be transformed. Image URLs in separate .css files or those injected with client-side JavaScript will not be affected.

Disabling Universal Transformation

You can opt out of universal image transformation by setting transform_all_markup to false inside your config/picperf.php file. When it's disabled like this, only content processed with modifiers will be transformed:


// config/picperf.php

return [
    'transform_all_markup' => false,

Using a Modifier

The picperf modifier will perform same image transformations in a more controlled way. You can use it on single URLs...

{{ featured_image }}
    <img src="{{ url | picperf }}" alt="{{ alt }}" />
{{ /featured_image }}

Or chunks of HTML:

    {{ content | picperf }}

Transforming Root-Relative Paths

By default, the addon won't transform root-relative images (ex: /some/image.jpg). However, if you set a host in your config/picperf.php file, it'll be tacked onto those paths so your images can reap the performance gains:


// config/picperf.php

return [
    'host' => 'https://macarthur.me',

Adding Images to the Auto-Generated Sitemap

PicPerf will automatically generate an image sitemap for you based on image requests from the last 90 days.

Enabling Image Sitemap Inclusions

By default, no images are included in this sitemap. To enable it for all images, set the add_sitemap_path configuration property to true:


// config/picperf.php

return [
    // ... other configuration values
    'add_sitemap_paths' => true,

Setting this will add a sitemap_path query parameter to each image based on the current page path.

Adding Images to Sitemap via Modifier

If you'd like more control over which images are included in the sitemap, use the add_to_sitemap parameter on the picperf modifier:

{{ featured_image }}
    <img src="{{ url | picperf:add_to_sitemap }}" alt="{{ alt }}" />
{{ /featured_image }}

Again, this will cause the sitemap_path parameter to be appended with the current page.

Auto-Registered Sitemap Endpoint

By default, this addon will automatically register an image sitemap route at https://ur-site.com/picperf/sitemap. All this does is proxy the contents of the auto-generated sitemap at https://picperf.io/sitemap/ur-site.com. The benefit, however, is that Google will be able to successfully parse it since it'll be served from your domain.

If you don't want a sitemap endpoint to be registered, set the register_sitemap configuration key to false:


// config/picperf.php

return [
    // ... other configuration values
    'register_sitemap' => false,

Auto-Added Sitemap robots.txt Entry

On installation, the addon will also add a Sitemap entry to your robots.txt. If it was removed and you ever need to add it again, you can run the following command:

php please picperf:register-sitemap

More Documentation

See it at picperf.io/docs.


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