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    SitePoint Zealot Raphaelle's Avatar
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    image sizes - best practice?

    Hello,

    I am looking for guidelines regarding the image sizes.
    I know there isn't one straightforward answer, but here is a particular example:

    I work for a well known retailer and we have one big image on the homepage which we change regularly. It's about 500x400px. I always try to keep the file under 40Kb, and it's usually around 25Kb (depends on the image of course).

    I've got a new colleague who designed one and saved it as a 85Kb file and it shocked me!! My colleague doesn't see what's wrong with that and I don't know anymore if I'm right to keep files a lot smaller than that.

    What's best practice in terms of usability? what do you guys do?

    Thanks in advance

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    SitePoint Wizard bronze trophy C. Ankerstjerne's Avatar
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    The size should reflect the purpose. Graphical elements should be as small as possible, whereas contents should focus on quality.
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    SitePoint Zealot Raphaelle's Avatar
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    I understand what you're saying but it is very subjective.
    Obviously, "as small as possible" doesn't mean the same for me and my colleague...

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    It'd depend entirely on the audience and how the images are set up.
    Christian Ankerstjerne
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