Building Faster Websites with CSS Sprites
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Using CSS sprites allows you to greatly increase your websites speed by using single image files that contain multiple graphics. In other words, when you have many images to be used, instead of having them as different individual files, we combine them into one. Therefore, the client computer only downloads one image for all the different graphics to be displayed.

Benefits of CSS sprites

Using CSS sprite images on your website is the best way to quicken up the loading time of your images and is also the best way to keep up with today’s best web design practices.

CSS sprites decrease the loading time of images on your web pages, and can significantly lower the number of requests that your website makes which can drastically lower total page load time.

If you need more reason to use sprites, consider that most of the top sites out there are using them: Apple, Amazon, Yahoo… Tutorial9 :P

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