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    Senior Member Jasoncw's Avatar
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    about what size of a file should a banner be?

    about what size should the entire page be?

    Since my site will end up having alot of art and photo galleries I was wondering if it would be a good idea to set up a preloading system for the most clicked pictures on the main page, should I do this or is it not worth the time?

    thanks :classic:
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    are we talking about a flash site?

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    nope, just regular.
    Jason

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    javascript preloading seems simple enough:

    <HEAD>

    <SCRIPT LANGUAGE="JavaScript">
    image1 = new Image();
    image1.src = "image1.gif";

    image2 = new Image();
    image2.src = "image2.gif";
    </script>

    </HEAD>

    might as well go for it. might save you time in the long run.

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    File sizes should be SMALL. Very simple.

    Read more from Jacob Nielsen (old article with updates in the bottom) http://www.useit.com/alertbox/9703a.html

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    I know that when your saving a pdf for the web it can tell you how long each slice will take to load on whichever speed of connection. Is the file size correct? The total for the 3 images used in the design adds up to 8 seconds, but that seems like a long time to me... it's 3 seconds on a cable which sounds fine to me...

    Also, how much faster dose an image load after it's been cached?
    Jason

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    My banners are never longer than 800 pixels. Usually only stick them to the size that I need though. Sometimes they're only 800 pixels long. It should be to what fits the space that you want. Try to reduce wasted space in the grahpic as it just makes the file size bigger.
    http://www.pearlsgirl.com

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    you should make it more narrow for the scrollbar

    The question is still open, although I think that my page dosen't have any filesize problems it would still be useful for the future to know.

    thanks
    Jason

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    Always make sure your images are optimised to the limit and check all the formats to see which works best.

    Next you need to consider your audience - Are they willing to wait for a huge page to load?
    What connection are they most likely to have?

    For a page size 60k is about the max I'd have for a site expecting lot's of dialup traffic, while you're unlikely to cause problems for BB users with optimised images.

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    you can check how long a pic will take to load on differnt bandwidths in adobe imageready. you then decide how much image quality you are prepared to sacrifice in the name of quick loading.


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