Use thumbnails for more professional-looking auction photos that load more quickly.
If you’re hosting your auction photos [Hack #59], you have the freedom to include as many images as you like at no additional charge. But you’re also responsible for inserting those photos into your auctions and presenting them in a way that is efficient and appropriate.
Thumbnail photos are much smaller than their full-size equivalents, both in physical dimensions and in the amount of data that must be transferred. This means that by replacing several full-size photos with thumbnails, your auction will not only appear tidier but will load faster as well.
Thumbnails are nothing more than smaller versions of full-size images, so you’ll need to make two versions of each photo.
Don’t even think about using the
height parameters of
<img> tag to
“shrink” down large photos. Not
only will your images look awful, but they’ll load
much more slowly than true thumbnails.
Start by duplicating each of your image files. In Windows, for example, highlight ...