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    File size

    Ok, I just went through a bunch of posts regarding usability and all they all seem to indicate that a max of 50kb on the index page and 60kb or so on subsequent pages is the way to go. I am still working on a site for someone - www.photographybymarea.com I am almost afraid to have anyone look at it because about all that I really consider to be done is the home page - the rest still need work on layout and colors.

    I am having a couple of issues. (According to a qualified therapist, I am sure more than that, but this is about graphics.) Anyway, although i like the black background on the home page, I don't like it on the subsequent pages and cannot come up with a good replacement. Is it a good idea to have only one or two background colors for the entire site or can we come up with a small number of colors (4-5) to use as background depending on the images on that page?

    The second issue is that because it is a site intended to show off photography, wouldn't the visitor expect the files to be larger and therefore expect a longer download time? When a user clicks an image to see a larger version, the size is generally 60-70kb. Is this all right?

    Since it is a visual sites, any ideas on how to make it more pleasing?

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    Having different background colors is no problem as long as the text is still readable.

    With photographs, choice of background/frame color is very very important (as you probably know), so I would expect style shifts between pages.

    Your right, anyone going to a photography site will be expecting large file sizes. Keep the intro page relatively small, but don't worry too much about the 50k limit in this instance. Its a guideline, not a rule. Thumbnails are good, tho.
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    IMHO, I'm not so sure that different background colours is such a good idea. The most important factor of a website is the content. If you want to create a gallery effect, the walls should be a light neutral colour and consistent throughout each room.
    It's correct that anybody going to a photography site is expecting longer download times, but on my project own project which has photos of fiber art I've included a little blurb at the top saying something to the effect of "Please be patient" at the top of the gallery page with instructions to click each photo for a larger image. I don't use thumnails (customer instructions: she didn't like the quality of them!), so when they click for the larger image it at least loads instantly. I've yet to hear any complaints about download times. I wouldn't worry too much about the file size.

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    thumbnailed pages should be small, but i'm sure they're willing to wait for the full-sized images

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    thanks for the newer input.

    I also am dealing with a client - she has somewhat dropped the project in the first place but am still having trouble getting her to agree on the lighter background colors.

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    doesn't give u much freedom does she?



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