Hello more knowledgeable people!
Before I ask my question, don't let the fact that I may use SOME technical jargon correctly fool you into thinking that I understand any of this technical stuff -- I don't. What little I know is only that which I had to teach myself in order to make my blog look the way I want it to. The rest is all buzzes and clicks -- seriously, So please feel free to talk down to me like you're explaining the internal combustion engine to a toddler.
Now for the set up:
This weekend I made what I thought was a nifty little change to my sidebar, where I had an image of Bob Hope that was itself a link to an external Bob Hope audio file. What changed is that I decided I would rather cut out the middle-man, and put the file in a short-code audio player directly under the image, so readers could listen to the file on my site instead of having to listen to it somewhere else.
And so I did. And everything worked worked (for me) almost exactly as I'd like (to tell you the truth, I'd rather the file just play automatically without a player, when people click the image, but that's apparently not possible), so I was more or less satisfied.
Then my traffic tanked.
Now, it normally drops off on the weekends and rebounds on Monday, so I assumed that warmer spring weather just made more people than usual get away from their computers for the weekend. But then traffic didn't come back on Monday.
1) did my audio file make my blog download lots slower? (its a very short file)
2) If that's what happened, is there anything short of removing it I can do to correct the situation?
3) is there a program or website anyone knows of that will simulate dial-up download speeds? and
4) is there somewhere I can learn more about how to have images/audio/video on my blog without making it load so slow that people give up?
basically I want to have lots of images and videos and audio files on my blog, but I dont want to make my blog load so slowly that readers abandon me.
Can anyone help?
(and yes I tried searching the forums before posting this, but couldn't find anything that answered these questions)
Thanks very much for your help!
The blog I need help with is americanelephant.wordpress.com.