Totally understand this is a very broad subject area, & can wholey depend on the intentions of the site, & obviously the medium in which graphical items are to be used…
EG: You would expect a photograpy site to have many gallery images, these would indeed be JPEGs.
Background Images: Jpeg
General images: Jpeg
Transparancy required: Png (whats the difference between 8/24 bit) just quality & image size?
By default I always export all my images from Photoshop CS5 via… FILE/SAVE/SAVE FOR WEB & DEVICES option
This brings up & whole gammet of options, this is where is comes down to ‘Personal preference’ I feel!
Say for instance you have a content rich site containing many Large images, you may be less inclined save them as 24 bit PNGs say 300k per image. Where as saving them as JPEGs they can be as low as 50k each! Making the site’s resource size & speed X4 faster?!!!
But if I had only several images on my entire site, that was fairly modest in size, I would be mroe inclinded to save my images as 24 bit PNGs to preserve the best quality!? Right? This may also be said for any industry that offers anything visual that they wish to portray in its best physical form, say photography, apple, automobile industry etc etc…
Guess it comes down to one’s discretion & percieved ‘BEST’ practices! Old habbits die hard…
You visit some sites, & they look so crisp & visually amazing, & others… errrrm yeah!!! lol
Can also be said that this is due to the designers abilities & tools available, As the old saying goes “a bad worksman blames his tools”… but in this case is it true?
If I had Photoshop CS6 vs Corel Draw/Paint… is this the same as having a race between a Rabbit & tortoise!!!
Sorry If I have strayed a little from the path… but essentially is there a RULE OF THUMB for this area?
& yes, scripty fader is annoying, it loads the images one by one which can look very ugly indeed. As for the server side, this is something I will look into, again shared severs have their obvious flaws as would any busy “Freeway” sorry about the pun, but a stand alone server “car pool lane” has its advantages too! (US for a lane on a motorway/freeway that is only for people paying for the privillage to sail thru traffic or fill your car… i.e be efficient!! Or as I remember when I lived back in the sunny CA)
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