I am working on a new design and it gots a wood-texture-background. The thing I am thinking about now is how big will I make it? I know got 2000x1200px, I think with that size I got most of the users. But on jpeg40 it’s still 100kb. What do you think that is the max. ‘allowed’ size in kb’s? At home I got a fast dsl-connection, but there are a lot of people who don’t have a superfast-connection yet. So summarized: how big may the background-image be? And what should be the maximum-files-size of a entire page?
I’ve been running a site with a wood-texture background for nearly 5 years, and I’ve done it with the same image the entire time. It’s a 78x102px jpeg that’s only 2.17KB, it repeats, and it’s seamless. Not sure why you’d have to do a 2000x1200px image, that’s kind of ridiculous and at 100K, it’s going to kill your load time.
I haven’t updated in a while, and this is one of my older sites, so don’t mind the horrible design; but you can check it out at http://www.stupid5pin.net
There’s also a couple of wood textures used on my other site, http://www.boredwrestlingfan.com, but I have no idea where I got them from. I get where you’re coming from as far as not wanting the background to repeat, but it’s a background, most people probably wouldn’t notice the repeating.