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1. Think compact, about 10-12KB for one image. Yes, depending on the source, the number of cable users is increasing. But long-to-load pages are still really disappointing, even if you're on a T1. And giant images are a primary cause of long loading times. It's simple to optimize your images.
2. Be sure ot use graphics that fit the context. Just because you took an adorable picture of your cat doesn't mean you can have it on your Web site about Web Design. The main exception you would make to this is for "design" images. These are pictures or graphics that help make up the visual appearance of the site, and are not meant to illustrate the content.
3. Never use images that blink or move or change or rotate or do anything on your page. Or insert them sparingly. Multiple researches indicate that animated images are distracting and annoying to people. Actually, in one study group I watched the browsers physically hide animations so that they would be able to read the rest of the page.

4. Stick with classic layouts. I've seen some pages that have numerous frames on one page. Another site used a layout where you had to scroll horizontally to read all the content of the page (but you never scrolled vertically). These layouts are innovative, and you will certainly find them interesting to build, but they will make your users nuts. The reason that the 3-column layout is so common on Web pages and newspapers is because it is easy to read. You sure think it's boring, but you'll keep more readers if you use something simple that they actually know.
5. Use your graphics as elements in your layouts. Graphics can be something more than only images when you use them as rightful elements in the layouts. An extreme example is when you wrap text around a graphic, but any image you have on your page is a layout element and has to be treated as one.

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