Sitecore Best Practice Series:

 

Sitecore Media Library Best Practices

 

# Description Rationale
1 Store media in the database Allows easy versioning and publishing of media items.
2 Utilize a CDN for large amounts of media files Content Delivery Networks speed up asset download increasing the page load time.
3 Organize media assets into a folder structure Create a folder structure in the Media Library based on security access rights, taxonomy, semantic relationships and other business requirements.
4 Optimize media items for web Compress image file sizes to improve page load time.
5 Set the default Alt field value to the image name Content Authors tend to not fill in the image alternate text during the upload resulting in Sitecore image validator showing an error, the automated Alt population setting populates the field with the image name if custom text is not specified, which eliminates validator errors.