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Small graphics - but still taking long to load.
Have optimised my image, but still take an eternity to load..

 2:07 am on Jul 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

It's been really interesting reading here about how people optimise their images/ graphics.

I'm totally in agreement about the relative cost of spedning a bit of time being small compared to the benefit of faster loading /lower server load, less bandwidth usage etc.

When I get my hosting company to run some internal speed tests I get this:

•HTML: 23795Bytes 0.33Sec
•HTML Images: 15940Bytes 2.28Sec (11 objects)
•CSS Images: 0Bytes 0.00Sec
•Total Images: 15940Bytes 2.28Sec

My images are only 15KB but take 2.28 seconds to load?! How can this be? Am I doing something drastically wrong here?

I'm kind of beating my head against a brick wall - I may well be over looking something ridiculous, any input would be appreciated



 6:20 am on Jul 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

Those speeds are about what it would take on 56 modem, the tool you are using is probably estimating times based on a user with a 56K modem. Every users speed will vary but it will certainly be much faster on a cable connection, pretty much a blink of an eye for 17 kilobytes.


 11:24 am on Jul 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hi Coalman, thanks for reply...

This is on a T1 connection! And this is on the dedicated server itself ... the server has a P4 Intel CPU..

I'm trying to find out more information as to why this is so slow.. any ideas?



 11:30 am on Jul 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

Definitely looks like a server issue. 15k is not a big total for all your images, in fact it's bloomin low, so well done there.

Contact your hosts with the breakdown and see what their response is...


 11:58 am on Jul 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

Thanks Limbo - will do. The irony is they gave me those figures!


 2:11 pm on Jul 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

Excellent - their response is "seems to be loading fine here". I'm not going to misbehave and mention their name here but they used to host webmasterworld! Pity I didn't know this earlier..

Looking into the traceroute - my audience is all UK based.. add another 2.5 seconds roughly for each page load due to all the routing within the states.. ouch!


 2:52 pm on Jul 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

seems to be loading fine here

There's a warning shot if ever I heard one. wishy-washy answers like that are a sure fire way to lose customers.


 3:11 pm on Jul 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

Limbo - can I ask what you would suggest I ask them and get from them?

Many thanks

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