The large header images offer little help, and push all the important info below the fold. If you insist on having large images, place them at the bottom, the least important section. That way they`re there, but not taking away from what really is important, the actual site content.
That and i think some of the large header images don`t even relate to what the current page is about. For example, the contact us has an image that states "Protect your files"... how does this relate to the page`s purpose and contents?
And, even though you`re a graphical person (i am too), you need to balance file size versus practicality. Compress the images more to where they`re a respectable file size. If you can`t shrink them enough, make the image smaller, less wide, less tall...etc. Also factor in details in the image, some portions can be altered to allow for better compression. Also consider using different image formats. Jpeg`s work well for images with a lot of gradations in tone, but Gif`s can give very small file sizes with no compression artifacts if used on images with little gradations (more solid colors). But, being honest, 237 kb for a single image, that is not even important to the site`s content and message, is not good.
Jarrod19374/17/2009 4:07 PM