[thelist] site speed

Julian Rickards julian.rickards at gmail.com
Mon Nov 6 19:09:40 CST 2006

If you offload as many of the foreground images to the background using CSS,
then the content, HTML, that remains will be relatively fast and the images
will come in later. This would help.

You obviously know about the Web Site Optimization book/web site so you also
will know that the CSS file and images referenced within it, are cached by
the browser so on subsequent pages, theses components will appear much more
quickly. (This doesn't really deal with the busy home page though before
caching can take its effect.)

Try to avoid too many images, use the best image for the job (JPEG, PNG,



On 06/11/06, Bob Meetin <ontheroad at frii.com> wrote:
> Once before I asked a similar question to what I am about to ask.  To
> check site speed I commonly go to the www.websiteoptimization.com link,
> which is included in the http://chrispederick.com/work/webdeveloper/
> toolbar for Firefox.  That is a "nice" tool.
> By choice I use a slow broadband connect (256k) - it doesn't give the
> full experience of 56k modem, but is a good barometer.  Generally when a
> hopeful contacts me I check site speed as well as some of the other
> standards.  I run into a lot of small businesses (automotive shop, hair
> salon, accountants, etc) with very large landing pages (other pages,
> too), commonly 500k to 1000k.  It could be a flash intro or perhaps just
> plain using someone who designs over a fast connection and doesn't see
> the impact.  Why is not so important.
> This question comes in two flavors and I know it depends muchly on the
> audience. That was the response I got last time, so trying to be a
> little more specific here.
> 1) Is there a common, acceptable standard that developers should shoot
> for amongst these local, small business types? Frequently their
> suppliers will send canned advertising material that is huge, but looks
> great on paper?
> 2) 500k seems pretty bulky to me.  Is that an acceptable figure for
> sites that are designed and tailored specifically to a high tech
> audience, perhaps B2B
> *) Comment - it's a challenge to develop a nice site with great images
> that weighs in at under 50k.
> -Bob
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