I am in a dilemma. My customer wants to put several nice pictures as a background on Homepage, each of them being 1200 x 650 and sized about 1.5MB. I tried to compress them to a reasonable size at about 300~400K, but then the pictures look blurry and undermine the appearance of the Homepage.
On the other hand, I do see lots of websites with beautiful, full-screen pictures on their homepage, I wonder how they balance the appearance and loading speed.
So what is an appropriate total page size for a homepage, including images (are images generally considered part of the page size?) plus all the other resources? Shall I just leave the pictures as they are?