Optimizing Page Load Time – Images

For a work in progress in my spare time (a WordPress Theme) I decided to implement one quite useful technique for images merging that has the following pros:

  • reduces HTTP requests
  • usually leads to better compression
  • no flickering with onmouseover events

I suggest using it when you have many looking-alike graphical elements (buttons, icons, panels) that you are setting as not-repeating CSS background.

Having prepared your image (merging couple buttons) in this case:

Optimizing HTTP requests

use CSS definitions like the following (notice the background vertical position 0,31,62 )

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#button1 a{
 
    background:transparent url(image-optimization.gif) no-repeat 0 0;
 
}#button2 a{
 
    background:transparent url(image-optimization.gif) no-repeat 0 -31px;
 
}#button3 a{
 
    background:transparent url(image-optimization.gif)  no-repeat 0 -62px;
}

And as usual everything wrapped in simple example

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