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Saw this on Twitter, from ICT_Works, and thought it was outstanding:
If only all website designers would read this: Web Design Guidelines for Low Bandwidth from @Aptivate ow.ly/8m5Ms
I love it!
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
Glad you posted this! A very nice guide, and I've bookmarked it for future reference.
Just to add a bit to your post:
Bandwidth can be understood as a data transfer process that takes place between a website and a visitor's computer. Data is being transferred back and forth whenever you visit a site and click on its web pages in your browser. How much bandwidth is used varies, and this also depends on a number of different factors.
For example, graphics and interactive elements
(videos, images, etc.) are things that can negatively affect site bandwidth if these elements are not properly optimized. There are other bandwidth factors to consider as well (as described in Jayne's resource above).
Excellent guidelines overall -- not just for optimizing your site's bandwidth, but also for making the site more friendly to visitors.
Yann ToledanoForum Moderator, TechSoup.orgDigital Marketing ConsultantYTConsulting.com@MarketingYann
Bandwidth used to be a scarce resource, along with memory and storage space. Those resources are essentially free (or drastically less expensive) now. When a user suggests they want lower bandwidth it is a symptom that they really want something else, do they want lower cost hosting, faster loading web pages, what? For instance, I tend to load larger files that the user is going to need during otherwise idle time so I can snap them up on the screen instantly when the user needs them. This actually increases bandwidth, maybe the user never needs that file.
That's not to say I haven't seen people use full size megabyte images sized down as thumbnails in a web page, and any number of other things that drag their sites down.
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