Hey Todd! What is this thing on your site? Ohh a slider. No offense. :P
Only on DN.
Hahaha touche Barney! I wandered when someone might notice that. Bit hypocritical on my part i know... However I was referring to all those generic sliders that are left open to the client to populate with whatever they wanted. I had better add a caveat to the first paragraph of my article now haha
It would be more useful to everyone if these opinions were backed with any sort of stats or proof.
I know it exists because it's not an uncommon subject but without that, it's a short piece of writing that doesn't need republishing.
You're right James... I should back up my opinions with stats. But its also the reason I didn't title it as '3 reasons YOU SHOULDN'T use homepage sliders', and I also made it clear that this was just a subjected piece from my own experience in the article. But its definitely a fair comment.
I'm also not a fan of these kind of sliders. These are my reasons:
They get filled up with unoptimized images, which takes way too much space.
I think that one, beautiful, well thought out hero image has way more impact.
I don't think that anyone sits there and really watches all the slides. (I don't have actual data on this.)
I was thinking about this when I was redesigning an ecommerce homepage recently. The thing with our users is that they often go to search quite quickly and therefore won't be on the homepage long.
It doesn't make sense to have 3 or 4 banners when the user will only see the first one, maybe the second at a push.
I ended up combatting this by having one 'hero' image that changes every time you refresh the page (rotates between 3 different images) to show latest offers, new products etc.
Thats a solution i quite like myself. It allows us to still have more than one slide, but we still have to make sure it is strong enough to work in its own right. Good shout!
except what if I see an offer / product I was interested in but didn't have time to read, or noticed just as I was clicking away. Now I go back to the page and it's not there anymore...
The other reason to dislike sliders is that they take attention away from the rest of the page - do you want the user to scroll from left to right through your slider or scroll up and down. I don't think many will do both.