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    Should I insert photos or illustrations into a jotform when used as an order page?

    Asked by housesignsaustralia on November 15, 2011 at 03:36 AM

    When using a jotform as an order page, what are the pros, cons , differences and recommendations regarding inserting photos or illustrations into the form. There will be 4 order pages on the website  with some of the pages requiring the insertion of multiple images.Does the use of photos mean the page will load more slowly than if black and white illustrations are used? If so how much slower?

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    Answered by liyam on November 15, 2011 at 04:29 AM

    There are different aspects to look into when considering the loading time with using images on forms.  Here are some points to ponder:

    1. The loading of the page with its images will depend on the size of the image file being loaded.

    2. Using images which are coming from elsewhere will also depend on the internet speed of the server.  If the hosting server where your image files are, are faster than JotForm's loading speed, then it won't be a concern.  But if your image file server is slower than JotForm, then the loading of the form will be dragged down by the loading of the image.  In other words, the loading of your form will depend on which server is the slower one.

    3. If you are going to use SSL on your order form, it is a requirement that the file server that you're using should also have an SSL which means it should have an HTTPS:// port.  Otherwise, the browser of the visitor will be prompted that the secure page is not completely secure as it downloads images from a non-secure source.

    I might be missing out other points but these are some main concerns that can be considered.  I would also prefer to upload your images here in JotForm if you're going to use it for your forms.  But I would also remind you to have a back-up of these images.

    If you have other questions or concerns, please do let us know.

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    Answered by abajan on November 15, 2011 at 04:48 AM

    To add to what my colleague has stated, you might consider compressing the photos at JPEGmini (assuming they're JPEGs) before adding them and when finished constructing the form, analyzing it. 

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    Answered by housesignsaustralia on November 16, 2011 at 07:53 AM
    Could you please confirm the following:
    1 Do illustrations load more quickly than photo images?
    If so:
    2 Do black & white illustrations load more quickly than colour
    3 Could please clarify what you mean by: I would also prefer to upload
    your images here in JotForm if you're going to use it for your forms.
    Thanks for this
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    Answered by abajan on November 16, 2011 at 01:21 PM

    1. Do illustrations load more quickly than photos?

    Not necessarily, although I think that in general, illustrations contain fewer colors than photos and would therefore be expected to load more quickly.

    2. Do b&w illustrations load more quickly than colored ones?

    All else being equal, yes (for the same reason stated above).

    3. Could you clarify what's meant by it being preferable to upload images to JotForm?

    Since the source of the image would be located at the same domain, it will begin to load more quickly than if the browser has to go elsewhere to get the image. Also, there's the added advantage of easily converting your images' source URLs if there's ever a need to use the secure version of the form. Please see this thread for Aytekin's solution.

    Also see Let's make the web faster

    If you need clarification or additional information, do let us know.