I’ve created the images to be for desktop, but now even after reducing the size of the JPEGs using JPGmini, and borrowing a friend’s phone, it does indeed take ages to load.
Apparently clearing the “cached images and files” in Chrome does nothing in terms of resetting the web site so I can check for myself. I also have it set for Lazy Loading but that apparently doesn’t make any difference on the index page.
If I reduce them to very small file sizes then they won’t look very well on the desktop browsers. It is disappointing that in 2020, a web site with a mere 35mb of files, fails to load properly in a modern browser for people with high-speed internet. I could understand if people were still using 14.4k modems but this is ridiculous. My old site, which unfortunately wasn’t SSL compliant, had no such issues. I will pull the carousel off the index page and replace it with a static image, and turn off Lazy Loading so the whole web site should load in the background. It is kind of a shame that I can’t use this feature for what amounts to an almost bare-bones web site.