Chris, thanks for your comments.
I was curious if you are accessing the internet using dial up or broadband? Yours was the first complaint of pages slow to load.
Regarding the other comments, I'll check it out to see if I can improve the site. I'm using an Apple iWeb template so I'm not sure how much I can change.
I'm indeed using dialup, for reasons too complicated to explain here. There are still quite a few of us out there, according to these somewhat dated articles:
But even if the dialup users have dropped to 5 or 10%, we are still talking about a large number.
As mentioned in the referred thread, the design of a site should serve its OBJECTIVES. For my own site, I would like it to be easily accessible to as wide an audience as possible. But for others, their sites may be intended for a selected audience (with broadband).
Template based sites are easy to create, but difficult to diagnose or customize. In the referred thread, one poster explained why another poster's Apple based site was so dog slow. Can't remember if it has anything to do with iWeb or not though. Try searching that thread.