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    Default 21 Jun 2010 @ 19.10

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    If your film strip image is 431kb, then I would just set it as a the background image... My rule of thumb is, no graphics over 400k if it isn't a background image... Background images no more then 800k... (I had to change up my rules to accommodate my graphic designer)
    Originally Posted by burn1337 View Post
    In general, decorative images should be applied as CSS backgrounds, regardless of size. CSS backgrounds are downloaded as a lower-priority item than content images; they're also more amenable to being sprited.

    Presumably your rule of thumb applies to the total size of all images, not to any one image? Otherwise, you could have five background images = 4 Mb :blink:

    My rule of thumb is to keep the whole page size under about 150 kB, unless there are lots of content images. Ideally, I want the entire "boilerplate" (css, js, css images...) to be less than 50 kB.

    This is probably a little on the severe side, but it keeps things fast. A more realistic recommendation would be to keep pages under 300 kB unless the site's nature demands a graphic-heavy design.


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    In my opinion, I'd ditch the grungy, almost imperceptibly dark, background and just keep the film strips as the sacrifices in terms of size don't warrant the current solution.
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    That's what I would do too. But then, I've already shown my proclivities. :wink:
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    Default 21 Jun 2010 @ 20.17

    I personally really gravitate towards the organic and destructed look of the background I currently have, but maybe I need to look into a different texture or shade. These are all great suggestions and I am considering them all along the way. Thank you!
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    Default 21 Jun 2010 @ 20.40

    Here's another comprise, geared more toward what you're after:

    PSD -> http://thepixelforge.net/misc/example.zip

    Basically, the grungy bg resides only within the filmstrip, so the body of the website has a black background, the wrapper contains this one image, that can repeat vertically. 40-50% quality jpg compression will yield a file size less than half the original png size.
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    Default 21 Jun 2010 @ 20.55

    That sounds like the best compromise yet....especially since there really won't be any content outside the filmstrips!
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    Default 22 Jun 2010 @ 05.13

    Somehow I didn't see all the other posts before my last post... So I just got done reading them all lol...
    As for the dropbox thing... This is why I do my own hosting lol.... No need for that...
    As for the background and the wrapper... I think it is stupid to do that... The outerwrapper.png is 430kb, the bk2.jpg is 36kb, and the bk_body.jpg is only 220kb....
    I would just assign the body background to the bk_body.jpg, and you will cut down on half the load time...
    Yes my rule of thumb for background images is 800 as a total... I too like to steer away from images as much as possible, but my graphic designer had to insist he knew more about it then I did... So I let him tank himself... Then after everyone told him how crappy it makes his images look when it comes to my kind of designing, he decided to shut up lol...
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    Default 22 Jun 2010 @ 10.10

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    Somehow I didn't see all the other posts before my last post... So I just got done reading them all lol...
    As for the dropbox thing... This is why I do my own hosting lol.... No need for that...
    Originally Posted by burn1337 View Post
    Then you have never used dropbox. I was running 3 servers (4 if you include the one at home) and dropbox is the easiest method of sharing and uploading images and storing stuff you need access from wherever without going through your own domain.

    Most of my stuff does not need to be uploaded on to my server, it causes maintenance and load issues, especially if an image is being viewed by a few thousand people. Better to not affect my customers and my own websites and host it through a place like dropbox.

    Plus it has anonymity attached to it as if you store stuff on your hosting then there is a chance google will pick up on it and its not hard to trace down your information from your IP (if setup correctly).
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    Default 22 Jun 2010 @ 10.53

    Tom - In some ways I can understand what you mean, and no I haven't used dropbox... But...
    First, I don't "upload" anything to my server, no remote connection; except web access; is allowed... Everything is downloaded, or transferred by me... (also only a few people are allowed near it without getting something bitten off, or being with me... Guard dogs are great; though wolves are better... Can't wait to get another pack...)
    Second, I do own my own domain, my own server, and the hosting IP and internet connection... I personally don't see a reason to not use my own domain and internet connection... Hell I paid for it, why not use it??
    Third, if your properly secured there is no reason to be that "anonymous" when trying to show someone a pic... Besides, the more google picks up on your site, the better your rankings become... Not to mention the more google can show to potential clients...
    And forth, with proper server maintenance, and setup, serving out an image to a few thousand people, while also performing and producing your web sites each in under a 100th of a second, and only having a single core processor... Is more then possible. But I do have to say this would require proper compiling of all the server components (Apache, Php, Mysql, ect.), and would require proper coding of any CMS's used on that server (meaning no Joomla, Drupal, Wordpress, ect.). Although just the same on the CMS's side, without running too many installations of pre-made CMS's, and hosting out an image to thousands of people still won't have much effect...

    So naturally I see no need, or reason for it; but of course; to each his own...
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    Default 28 Sep 2010 @ 20.02

    You can try here for a custom coming soon web page, Great Examples Of Coming Soon Pages And How To Create Yours | SpyreStudios

    and here for a wordpress coming soon page: WordPress/Thesis Tutorial: Custom ‘Coming Soon’ Page ? berchman.com
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