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1. Think compact, like 10-12KB per picture. Yes, depending on the source, the number of broadband users is increasing. But long-to-load pages are still really annoying, even if you have a T1. And huge graphics are a primary reason of long loading times. It's easy to revise your images.
2. Be sure ot use graphics that work with the content. Only because you made a nice photo of your dog doesn't mean you can place it on your Web site about Web Design. The only exception you can make applies to "design" images. These are photos or graphics that build up the visual appearance of the page, and are not meant to illustrate the subject.
3. Never insert images that flash or move or glitter or rotate or do anything on your page. Or insert them sparingly. Recent researches demonstrate that animated graphics are disturbing and irritating to users. Actually, in one focus group I've seen the browsers physically cover up animations so that they would be able to read the other content on the page.

4. Use classic layouts. I've seen some pages that use numerous frames on one page. the other site had a layout where you had to scroll horizontally to read everything on the page (but they never scrolled vertically). These layouts are cute, and you will certainly find them interesting to create, but they will drive your users nuts. The reason for the 3-column layout being so popular on Web sites and newspapers is because it is easy to read. You sure think it's boring, but you'll have more audience if you stick with something intuitive that they can understand.
5. Use your graphics as rightful parts 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 the word wrap done around a graphic, but any graphic you have on your page is a layout element and should be treated as one.

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