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1. Think small, about 10-12KB per image. Yes, considering the source, the number of cable users is growing. But long-to-load sites are still very annoying, even if you have a T1. And huge graphics are a first cause of long loading times. It's easy to optimize your graphics.
2. Be sure ot use graphics that work with the context. Only because you have a nice photo of your cat doesn't mean you should place it on your Web site about Web Design. The only exception you would make applies to "design" images. These are pictures or icons that help make up the visual appearance of your site, and are not meant to illustrate the subject.
3. Never use images that flash or flip or change or rotate or do anything on your site. Or use them niggardly. Numerous studies show that flashing images are distracting and irritating to people. Actually, in one focus group I watched the users manually hide flashing graphics so that they could read the rest of the page.

4. Use standard layouts. I've seen some pages that have numerous frames on one page. Another site had a layout which made users scroll to the right to read all the content of the page (but you never scrolled vertically). These layouts may be cute, and you will certainly find them fun to make, but they will make your users nuts. The reason for the 3-column layout being so popular on Web pages and press is because it is easy to read. You might consider it to be boring, however, you'll keep more readers if you stick with something simple that they can understand.
5. Treat your graphics as rightful parts in the layouts. Images can be more than only graphics when you apply them as actual elements in the layouts. An easy 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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