GRAPHICS One word is root of 90% of reason for slow downloading web site pages...yes you guessed it..."graphics."
1. Limit number of graphics you use per page.
2. Repeat graphics. One of best ways to speed up your site is to use same graphics on every page. Once a graphic has loaded, it doesn't have to load again as it is stored in a computer's cache.
3. Compressing your images is one of best ways to get a faster-loading web page. You can usually reduce a GIF or JPEG image by 40% to 50% without losing any significant definition or sharpness. Try:
4. Use a thumbnail instead of 900lb gorilla of a graphic. If visitor is interested she can click thumbnail for a larger graphic.
5. Reduce number of colours you use in graphics. Just using a handful of colours will still deliver great graphics at a fraction of size. JPEG files, commonly used for photos, require thousands of colours. A GIF file, used for drawings and simpler graphics, can be compressed to include only a few colours.
6. Include height and width on images - This allows browser to "pre-allocate" space for graphic on display, and will speed up page download. In addition, if ALT tags (this is text to describe image) are included with images, then something will display even if image does not display. This is particularly relevant to those who switch off images on their browser.
HTML 7. Spaces and redundant tags in HTML add to size of files. Try to eliminate as much of superfluous coding as you can. Most pages can be reduced by 15% to 25% just by taking out redundant coding. If your HTML Coder has a "clean code" function use it. Alternatively, try HTML Optimiser at: