Sprite mapping for page speed

What is sprite mapping in laymen’s terms?

I am not a techie. So I’ll explain this all in really plain language that most non-coders will be able to understand.

Sprite mapping is a technique whereby we put lots of different graphic elements in a single picture file.

Therefore, when a site loads, the graphics are called up just once, instead of the site having to grab multiple files through multiple calls. This decreases load on the server, and helps everything work more sleekly.

The benefits

As I understand them (I’m writing this, not our talented coder), the benefits are:

  • Code is less heavy and bloated meaning faster page load times
  • Sites load faster
  • Servers are put under less pressure

For small sites, these kinds of efficiencies aren’t really necessary. But on the big projects we’ve worked on, they’re becoming increasingly important when websites are likely to be subject to extraordinarily high demand at certain peak times.

Learn more

If you’d like us to help you with projects and website development where sprite mapping is a requirement, we can help.

To learn more, call us on 01392 427 358.


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