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    Hi everyone,

    So im new to web designing and I'm a little stuck with one of the sites i've created for the company im working for.

    For some weird reason its loading really slow eventhough its faster then the other sites. Here is the link to the site: http://opportunitypropman.co.za

    When you open up the site it seems to first load the color of the page then the buttons then the background image and then the rest! I have NOOOOO idea how to solve this problem and my boss wants it solved asap!
    Anyone have an idea what i could do to make it go faster?

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    It's your backgrounds themselves...they're massive from a file size point of view, and they really don't need to be. Your entire page uses that orange gradient, logo, white part and faded out image as one background.

    Save them as JPGs with some compression and you'll see some improvement...you won't see much, but it may be enough and it's about as quick a fix as you're going to get without redoing the whole thing from scratch (which you're going to have to at some point....your code is dated.)
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    Hi Marieke, one of the reasons your site could be loading slowly is you have included all of your CSS styling into the HTML code, try moving all of your CSS to a separate style sheet and this will clean up the HTML and speed up your load time.

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    Another big reason it is slow is because it's designed with tables for layout.
    When you do that, the browser has to download everything between the <table> </table> tags before the it can show anything... and your whole page is in tables (with a lot of inline CSS) so the whole thing has to be read by the browser before anything can show.

    You're new to design, and if I were to give you a bit of advice about how to go forward from here it would be - learn about tableless layout using divs and CSS (link to info). Tables are for displaying data.

    Another good place to check out would ne here:
    http://www.tutsgeek.com/15-basic-to-...-step-by-step/
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    That's where I was ultimately going with my thought (i.e. the tableless coding), but given the "I want it fixed quickly" mentality and the learning curve associated with tableless layouts, I wanted to find a stopgap solution.
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    Well, there's always WordPress... (again, the need for a sarcasm font! )
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    There's always Microsoft FrontPage


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    There's always castration with a dull and rusty razor blade, too. The net result would be less painful.
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    ROFL


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGAME1264, post: 247386
    There's always castration with a dull and rusty razor blade, too. The net result would be less painful.
    I prefer to use the rusty top of a catfood tin, but then, everybody has their preferences.
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