A little silliness for Saturday — with a lesson attached. Take following test and see the HUGE graphic they allow you to link to. This is a sure-fire way to grind your page load times down to a halt.
While I’m sure some of you will disagree with the results of the test, I think you’ll agree to the following rules for graphic images:
- whenever possible, use graphics on your own server and
- always color reduce your images
- for text-based graphics and line art, use a .GIF file over a .JPG
- remember that the height and width arguments of the <img> tag only make the image appear smaller on screen, it does NOT change the physical size of the image (meaning it takes just as long to load but looks crappier).