Just my personal opinion but I *hate* "page loading". I find myself swearing at the monitor "Yes I know it's [email protected]@?y loading... I've got a handy dandy bar on my browser that tells me that it's loading ... ".
It's bad enough having to wait whilst some Flash heavy page loads without adding insult to injury by being told that I am waiting. I usually end up not bothering to wait.
Thanks for the note but I find that, with constant windows/isp faults rampant these days, pages which usually load quickly, can at times take much longer. Sometimes it's the isp's fault, sometimes the end user's PC but nevertheless, I know many people who, if the page doesn't load quickly, hit refresh constantly (which really doesn't help).
This was a plan to allow viewers to see that a "something is happening, please be patient" kind of thing is going on!
I think you have the key - I will look at reducing my image sizes accordingly.
I am no web expert but it took about 30 seconds on 600kb broadband to load the page. I have added the size of images and they add up to 40 odd kb which should load in no time. The pages I use on my site add up to about the same but seem to load a bit quicker.
Have you tried optimising the files, you should be able to save a few kb overall.
But it just seems to take too long for the page size. Someone may be able to point their finger at it.
The server is afreebie and so has very limited bandwidth. This adds greatly to the load time. If you check it before 2pm GMT it is much faster as the average US users seem to come online heavily around this time, hyence the decrease in speed as they run thier own sites!
This is another reason for the loading images that I want. I don't mind waiting for a site I want to see as long as I know it is working. That's my theory anyway!