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1. Think small, about 10-12KB per picture. Yes, depending on the source, the number of cable users is going up. However, slow sites are still really disappointing, even if you use a T1. And giant graphics are a first reason of slow pages. It's easy to revise your images.
2. Be sure ot use graphics that fit the content. Only because you have an adorable picture of your dog doesn't mean you should place it on your page about Web Design. The main exception you would make to this is for "design" graphics. These are pictures or graphics that build up the design of your page, and are not meant to illustrate the content.
3. Never insert graphics that blink or move or change or rotate or are in any way inconstant on your site. Or use them niggardly. Multiple studies indicate that flashing graphics are disturbing and irritating to users. Actually, in one focus group I watched the users manually cover up animations so that they would be able to read the other content on the page.

4. Stick with classic layouts. I've been over some sites that use numerous frames on a single page. the other site used a layout which made users scroll to the right to read everything on the page (but they never scrolled vertically). These layouts are innovative, and you will certainly find them interesting to create, but they will drive your readers nuts. The reason for the 3-column layout being so popular on Web pages and newspapers is because it works. You certainly think it's boring, however, you'll have more audience if you stick with something intuitive that they actually know.
5. Treat your images as rightful parts in the layouts. Graphics can be something more than just images when you use them as actual parts in your layouts. An extreme example is the word wrap done around a graphic, but any image you have on your site is a layout part and should be treated as such.

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