Part 2: IMAGES: make every one ... load your page with ... ... those ... things. If the graphic has nothing to do withthe content of your page it is best left out.
Part 2: IMAGES: make every one count
Don't load your page with graphics, especially those "under construction" things. If the graphic has nothing to do with the content of your page it is best left out. "Why," I hear you ask, "shouldn't I have as many pictures as I want?" Well:
1 Visitors who still have very slow modems will simply get tired of waiting for your page to download and go somewhere else. 2 About 30% of Internet users with browsers that support images disable this feature, and some older browsers are text-only, so your page can look messy if, for instance, it's full of empty boxes. 3 Unless your home page is devoted to, say, your artwork or your prize-winning photographs, graphics can distract from the content of your site. 4 A large number of graphics, especially animated and other gimmicky ones, often indicate a site lacking in real substance.
Don't forget to specify the height and width of images, either. There are two good reasons for this: 1 The image will download a lot quicker because the browser doesn't have to spend more time searching for the image size; 2 When the image finally appears it won't cause the text that your visitor is reading to suddenly jump down the page, which is extremely annoying.
If you are using scanned photographs, or maybe scans of some of your own artwork, make sure the scans are good ones. Most scans need work doing on them before they are suitable for use. They should be clear and sharp, not looking as though taken with the camera slightly out of focus, or as though seen through a white haze. This last fault is very common on web sites. Usually all that needs doing is adjustment of the levels. Even an automatic adjustment can make a big difference.
Consult your scanner or scanning program's instruction book to find out how to make your photos look as much like the original as possible, or how to correct a scan of a faulty photograph. The better your scanner, of course, the less work you'll have to do on your scans.