Graphics are fun, but if you put in too many bells and whistles when you create your web site, you may lose a potential audience whose Internet connection can’t handle lots of graphics, and that means you’ll be losing potential customers.
According to UK website experts Boommm.com, one of major concerns in website graphical development is what results will look like on different browsers, platforms and screen sizes.
Efuse.com writer Toni Will-Harris, a website graphics expert, offers nine steps to help you control graphics on your website:
1 - Keep graphics files small (under 20K) and graphics for navigation under 10K. Your graphics should be saved at a resolution no greater than 96 dpi. Here’s how to decide which format to choose:
> If your graphics have many colors, save them as JPG files. > If your graphics have few colors, choose GIF. > When using GIF, try optimized palettes that contain only colors used because they can cut file sizes in half.
2 - Keep text files small (less than 10K). They should be broken into logical chunks and linked.
3 - Design for easy reading. Make your backgrounds as light as possible. If you use a background image, keep action on side, out of way of text. Put navigation on left side of screen because it's practical and allows you to reserve part of screen (usually between 150 and 200 pixels) for navigation and identity.