I have a very specific (but possibly dumb) question about how to incorporate images into my site pages. For the past year, I have been building a very image-intensive portfolio website, and have my own Virtual Private Server through Network Solutions.
On my site, I have a custom toy portfolio that uses the NextGen gallery format to import anywhere from 3-12 images into each page, depending on the amount of photos I want to show for each project. As of roughly 2 months ago, there might have been roughly 3000 images across the 300 various entries, and my site still loaded lightning fast.
Then, roughly 2 months ago, I started adding in content to my Paintings and Illustration portfolios. Since these images needed a slightly different presentation than those of my toy work, I opted not to use the NextGen or Gallery option in the Dashboard, but rather to use the "Insert Image" option directly within the page entry itself. I've only added in a few hundred images across this new set of portfolio pieces, but I've noticed a ridiculous slow-down in the performance of my site.
Is there any reason why adding in images directly through a Page post might slow down my site? Or could it be just another issues, such as a bad server or plug-in?
I'm a little stumped as to why everything was working so great before, but now it's taking forever to access each page.
Any thoughts or suggestions would be great.