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1:41 am on Mar 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I have around 100 images on a top level category page of mine. The the size and quality of the images is necessary to show the widgets in enough detail. There are text links along with the image links to product pages.

-all images size - 215734 bytes
-html size - 102566 bytes
-total page size - 352894 bytes
-images are avg 2000 bytes jpgs

I realize the page size is pretty large and I want to reduce it as much as I can.

What/How are my options to reduce image the size of my images?

What else could I do to further reduce the size of the page? Should I get rid of the images all together and just have a text navigation list? (there is currently a text link next to the image links) This may not be an option for me.

[edited by: MadeWillis at 1:42 am (utc) on Mar. 3, 2009]

8:07 am on Mar 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Is there not a way to break that 100 images into categories? Say, 20-30 each? Your top page would then have 10-12 images leading to secondary pages. Many folks are running cable/dsl and that would load quickly.
4:53 pm on Mar 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

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There's a point where you need simply to reduce the size of the page itself, breaking the category into subcategories or using paged listings.
5:02 pm on Mar 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

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you could try displaying thumbnails instead, which link to the better images. but your page is always going to load slow if it has to fetch 100 images, no matter what their size.
1:58 am on Mar 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Just from a navigation point of view, 100 links or so is crazy!

I don't even talk about search engine or internet connection. It's just not user friendly for your visitors.

Like all the members here recommend, break down your page.

Anyway, have you tried to optimized your pictures? If not yet, you could easily cut down their size by half doing so.

Good luck friend!

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