Openverse switches to Photon for thumbnail generation

OpenverseOpenverse Openverse is a search engine for openly-licensed media, including images and audio. Find Openverse on GitHub and at has moved from a self-hosted Imaginary instance for thumbnail generation to using Photon. Photon is a fast and flexible open-source image service with powerful tools for cropping, resizing, and filtering images.

The hosted instance of Photon we’re connecting to is provided to all Jetpack-connected WordPress sites, or sites hosted on the An online implementation of WordPress code that lets you immediately access a new WordPress environment to publish your content. is a private company owned by Automattic that hosts the largest multisite in the world. This is arguably the best place to start blogging if you have never touched WordPress before. platform. As we’ve been granted permission to use this for the Openverse frontend and APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways., other instances of the Openverse API, should you choose to host one, would need to connect to a different endpoint to comply with Photon’s Terms of Service. The Openverse API is easily configurable to switch to a different thumbnail proxy endpoint.

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