No, I wasn’t familiar with using a CDN (yes for cache). Thanks – I expect these things will speed up the load times a lot.
However my question remains about a way to prevent images (particluarly background and sliders) from loading. These are over 60% of my page’s size, so seems that keeping them from loading would offer the biggest improvement in load time (at least on the first load), no?
On a side note, the W3C checker found a 404 error here: http://www.themeblvd.com/demo/alyeska/wp-content/themes/alyeska/framework/frontend/assets/images/shortcodes/notice/alert-icon.png.