Every now and again I spend sometime on some other sites of my working on new features and performance. One of the facets that comes up occasionally, especially on my photography site, with it’s tons of images, is lazy loading the images.
Now don’t get me wrong, lazy loading images makes a lot of sense. I have pages where I might have 2 or 3 MB of large high quality JPEGs on the page. As a photographers, small heavily compressed images with lots of artifacts isn’t something that I find attractive, or what I want to show of.
Problem 1: The web developer has to do it.
The problem here is that like so many things on the web, the burden of doing this has been put on the web developer.
That said, I’m going to make exactly the opposite argument here, well kind of.