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1. Think small, like 10-12KB for one picture. Yes, depending on the source, the number of broadband users is increasing. But long-to-load sites are still really disappointing, even if you use a T1. And giant images are a primary reason of long loading times. It's easy to revise your images.
2. Always use graphics that work with the content. Just because you made an adorable photo of your dog doesn't mean you can have it on your Web site about Database Development. The main exception you can make applies to "design" images. These are photos or graphics that help make up the design of your page, and are not intended to illustrate the content.
3. Do not use graphics that flash or move or change or rotate or do anything on your site. Or use them sparingly. Recent researches indicate that flashing images are disturbing and irritating to users. In fact, in one focus group I watched the users manually hide animations so that they would be able to read the other content on the page.

4. Use classic layouts. I've seen some sites that use numerous frames on one page. Another site used a layout where you had to scroll horizontally to read everything on the page (but you never had to scroll down). These layouts may be cute, and you might find them fun to build, but they will make your readers crazy. The reason that the 3-column layout is so popular on Web sites and press is because it works. You certainly consider it to be boring, but you'll keep more audience if you stick with something simple that they actually know.
5. Use your images as elements in the layouts. Images can be more than just images when you apply them as actual parts in the layouts. An extreme example is the word wrap done around an image, but any graphic you have on your page is a layout part and has to be treated as one.

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