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Lightbox for Product Images

The issue: currently when using External Images, the lightbox that is normally available for product images, is gone. When you click an image, it simply loads in the little slider. When you click a large image, nothing happens. My customers need to be able to load the images in the lightbox, so they can inspect the details of any garments up close. Please bring back the lightbox link, so that when the larger image is clicked on, it opens in the lightbox that it setup/used for the theme currently active. In case it helps, I use the FooBox plugin for my lightbox.

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Display thumbnails with Jetpack Photon

The issue: currently all external images load as full-sized images, even if they’re only displayed as thumbnails on the site. This is extremely detrimental to page sizes and page loading times, and goes against what the External Images plugin is trying to achieve. I do not need 2,000 pixel images to load in 300×300 pixel spaces, for example in the product image galleries.

Solution: Use Jetpack’s free Photon CDN via their API to automatically display images at thumbnail sizes when required. Use the Photon API (https://developer.wordpress.com/docs/photon/api/) to check if it’s installed and enabled, and if it is, rewrite the URLs to run through Photon so they will return an optimized thumbnail sized image instead where needed. You could make this an option in the admin panel, and greatly improve loading times on the Product Page and all Archive pages a product may appear on.