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Using lots of pictures in zentools grid on home page

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I decided to use the grid on the home page, and told it to load 30 items from all categories, which looks great.

This raises a question though:

Most of my images are about 90 - 140kb. If i'm loading 30 on the home page is that going to slow the loading of the site to a crawl. It seemed to, but now it's looking like my hosts server was on heavy load at the time (shared server - although host is a good one).


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Here's the home page at the moment. I've taken it down to 12 images for the moment, until I hear back from someone on these forums.

www.bcmsteeplejacks.co.uk/joomla/
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Hi there,

Any increase in images is going to increase the time taken to load a site so its always a trade-off.

Zentools does resize your images and cache the smaller size images so the load wont be the 90-140kb of the original. I did a quick check and the images in the grid on your site are around the 15kb mark.

My suggestion would be to run some tests using a site like www.webpagetest.org/ using the different configurations and see if its yeilds very different results.

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Rowan
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Hi there,

Any increase in images is going to increase the time taken to load a site so its always a trade-off.

Zentools does resize your images and cache the smaller size images so the load wont be the 90-140kb of the original. I did a quick check and the images in the grid on your site are around the 15kb mark.

My suggestion would be to run some tests using a site like www.webpagetest.org/ using the different configurations and see if its yeilds very different results.

Cheers
Rowan

I should have thought to view the image info for the thumbnails. I see what you mean. File size is neglible. The shared server must have been heavily loaded with somebody elses site I think.
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Hi

I checked your site and I must say given your site size is loading fast. Please, understand that your site has 2.8MB!!! And recommended size is under 1MB.
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What specifically is 2.8meg. The database size?

Can't be images as they add up to a lot more than that?
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Nope, 2.8MB is size of this page: www.bcmsteeplejacks.co.uk/joomla/

So when I want to open it I have to download 2.8MB
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