I honestly hate them. They're time consuming and there's often an advertisement placed in the middle of it. Yahoo does this all the time and it's annoying!
Interesting post over on the Yoast site. https://yoast.com/opinion-on-sliders/
I'm personally not a huge fan of sliders and I never use them on other people's sites so I guess that's what skews my feelings. I think they *can* be useful if used in the right way but at the same time I agree with a lot of the points in the article.
What do you guys think of sliders on websites? Do you use them? Do you have them on yours?
I used them on one site but only because I want to quickly display a few key pieces of content themes that are important for pulling someone into the sales funnel..
To balance any confusion arising from the sliders I compensated with a very clear/logical navigation. Once they are in the funnel they don't see the page with the sliders again. I admit banners can be clumsy and may slow down a site, but if you just use a couple and use them with a strategy I think it can work.
If I go on a commercial blog that displays ads and they have sliders, I would ignore them, but that is because blogs often have too much going on at once.
If you have some important message you want to get across you can always create an embedded YouTube video and if people want to see visual content that resembles slider functionality they will choose to watch. It's a good pretext to set up a funnel on YouTube too. I had to talk a client out of a set of sliders because of what it will do to people who are viewing the site o na mobile phone. Imagine loading 15 .PNG images that were originally 1000px X 460px - they simply get resized but the file size stays the same. Terrible for the limited processing power of phones/tablets.If you don’t know what to choose, how should your visitors or clients? You should know what your own business is about and what product or picture deserves that front page “shine”. By showing that, you will give people a far better feel of your business, and you as a person, than a slider ever could. Not in the least because sliders, as I’ve said twice now, are simply ignored.
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Anything that moves on a website whether it is a slider, an animated banner, moving (product) image, moving text in a horizontal bar or even a pop up(including the sneaky one at the bottom right hand corner of the Yoast website)...works!
It depends on what you have on your website in terms of content, who you are and what you are offering that makes the visitor like it or not. Everyone says that he or she hates pop ups especially exit pop ups, but guess what - they work. Isn't an animated banner irritating on any website...BUT all of them work well because when a visitor sees what is on offer he forgets that he dislikes animated banners.
Media Buying marketers thrive on animated banners; even the big news sites use them. I don't think there is anyone who misses a horizontal bar/ clicks on it when it is on a reputed person's site. Some of the Amazon Associates depend on sliders for their incremental sales and moving product images have worked wonders with high conversions. Sliders have the power of attracting the immediate attention of visitors as soon as they land on a site in addition to making the site look attractive.
The only type of sites where any of them will be a serious interruption is on pure Adsense sites especially those which have high CPC keywords waiting to be clicked...