I am looking for some good advice from people with more experience than myself. In this thread (and in many other places) I've read that bg images load last. But I am having problems with that.
I am working on a site, though I wouldn't call myself a web designer, so I may have more mistakes there than I realize. Problem is, the BG image is big and seems to load first when I test it in a 56k "modem emulator". It takes about 20 seconds to even see any text on the page! I never noticed before of course, bc I'm not on dial up. In IE 7 on a PC it's even worse- the whole page takes 40 seconds to load and then everything appears in one moment!
So, now I'm confused. Everything says BG images load last. Have I done something wrong or is the emulator wrong? I really don't want to lose the BG image, but I also don't want to lose all my readers who are on dial up.
Can anyone help? Please don't tell me to optimize the image- I can't go any smaller without losing obvious quality. What I really need is a way to make the images load last.
Here's the body css:
font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;