Here's your assignment, if you should choose to take it:
- Use Text
The more graphics you add the longer your page will take to load. Even if your page is really long, it will only take a second, or less, to load if it's all text. One graphic about the same size as one page could take a whole minute. You can add graphics to make your site look good, or when necessary, just watch how many and how big.
- Watch Your Navigation
If you use graphics in your navigation, and even if you're not, make sure that the entire navigation bar for your page is not bigger than 10 KB. Also don't make your entire page bigger than 20 KB. You want your navigation to look good and be easy to read, because it's a really important part of your site, but you don't want it to take up your whole page.
- Use Tables
Tables are good for making your page look the way you want to. When using tables make sure you use height and width attributes so every section of the table will know exactly where it is supposed to load and how big it is supposed to be. This will keep your page from moving around while loading too.
- Size Your Graphics
Use height and width attributes with your graphics. This way the text around the graphic will know exactly where to load and won't be moving around your page while the graphic is loading.
- Graphics Warning
If the page your reader is going to open has a large graphic on it, warn people ahead of time. Giving them an idea how long it will take for the page to load will make it easier for them to wait for it if they want it bad enough.
- PDF Files
If you are adding pages of formatted text to your site for the reader to view, consider using PDF files. Warn the reader how long the pages are expected to take to download.
- HTML Alternative
Some of your readers may not want to wait to download a book of PDF files and would rather just read the pages online. Consider offering each page as a Web page using HTML.
- Careful With Flash and Multimedia
Only use them when necessary. If you want to add a Flash or multimedia application to your site do it with a link so users that want to see it can and users that don't want it don't have to. Don't use it as part of the page, this will make the page load very slowly.
- Preloaded Graphics
Use the same graphics in your navigation bar or logo on every page. That way the readers browser will already have them in his cache, after viewing the first page, and won't have to download them again. This will make all other pages on your site load faster.