I tried something else in order to speed things up.
1: I pre-load the previous and next large image in the background.
2: I pre-load all thumbnails in the background for the carousel to look smoother.
3: added some (fairly dumb) caching to the carousel. It only has about 40% effectivity at the moment but at least some of the AJAX requests are now fully cached.
This is all running on my site
Can you guys try it out and let me know if you think it feels faster when browsing around?
It feels way faster to me but I'd like to hear some more opinions.
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