A huge proportion of websites are far too slow!
Speeding up websites has a dramatic effect on the usability of a site - a slow
loading homepage will often be skipped past by even dedicated surfers and potential
Always remember most of your visitors are only on dial-up, and even some ADSL
can be nearly as slow.
Almost every page I have ever seen can be sped up.
Many good sites have moved away from complex drop down menus, rollovers, pop-ups
and fancy images for links (buttons) in favour of straight text links - they are
easier to navigate and very fast! There is some suggestion that legislation will
discourage such gimmicks in the future, because visually impaired visitors cannot
understand or use them.