Let’s assume you have a website. If you don’t have a website, why are you reading this? Get outta here! Go enjoy some cute kitten gifs! Still here? Read on… If your website happens to have a slideshow on its Home page, stop what you’re doing right now, and get rid of it!
What’s wrong with slideshows? Why are they so bad? In general terms, slideshows on pages other than the Home page can be made to be acceptable. However, Home pages function a bit differently from the rest of the individual pages on a website.
Most of the time, a visitor’s first impression with your brand and your website will occur when they land on your site’s Home page. The role of your Home page should be to quickly grab the attention of that website visitor, and then to briefly state who you are and what you do. While a slideshow might initially seem like a good way to achieve this goal, it’s typically not the most user-friendly experience for your website visitor.
As a quick introduction to your website and your company, a Home page slideshow fails in two ways:
It only takes a few seconds to make an impression when somebody visits your website’s Home page for the first time. Eliminate the risk and eliminate the frustration by removing the slideshow altogether.
Remove your Home page slideshow, and try these alternatives instead:
If you’re ready to get that slideshow surgically removed from your website’s Home page, or if you’re ready for a full website redesign, we’d love to lend a hand. Just fill out the short form below or give us a call at 804-577-8679!
About the author:
Partner, Director of Development
Christopher is the Director of Development and one of the partners at Torx. In addition to keeping Torx's Richmond office firing on all cylinders, he can often be found deep in the trenches, building custom content management systems and WordPress-powered websites. He still remembers how to write Basic computer programs on Apple IIs and Commodore 64s.