I just figured this out. That cdn is using a Script called convert_to_webp. I can't tell you what language it was written in. It is short for Convert to webpage, which accepts a boolean value(true or false) If covert to webp is true you must Save the Page as HTML. If you want the actual picture, go to the link you provided in your post, and change true to false.
Content Download Networks must pay for their bandwidth, just like the rest of us. Consider the following example:
Code for html page...
img src="http://somesite.com/somepost/someimg.jpg" alt="[someimg]" width="x" height="y"
Code for html page...
img src="mylocalimgdirectory/someimg.jpg" alt="[someimg]" width="x" height="y"
Case 1 Generates traffic on your site + the server at somesite must answer. Your page takes longer to load because somesite must reply. If somesite breaks or moves someimg somewhere else your page gets the nasty X placeholder. In the olden days of the net, this was acceptable, as somesite could answer the request sent to your ISP Faster than the modem could load it the 1st time.
Case 2 on the other hand forces the Host of the page to host his own images. This decreases load time, and increases perceived speed, because there is no intermediate request to somesite.
Now the reason the script exists is to prevent me from using Case 1 to directly link to the image. A novice web author will remove the Script by removing everything past the
? and use that as the
img src but without the script the default setting is
true, which renders the image as a page, which in turn breaks the link in your html page. There is also no way for me to cheat unless I change the parameter to false, which allows direct linking, but most likely the IP Address of my site will be blacklisted for causing a traffic spike on the CDN, or the CDN will contact me, and offer 2 choices.
- Stop "sharing resources" or we will ban your site from using us. (Blacklisted)
- Become a paying customer, and you can have access to our CDN
Some examples of this include WordPress.com vs WordPress.org, and My Hosting Provider PowerDNN vs DNN. Each paid subscriber earns the right to use special internal tools because they are paid for. In short, the CDN is preventing loss of profit due to Free Loaders. See Item 7