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Opinion on Sliders, Carousels and the Hero image.

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Jan 11, 2021 Jan 11, 2021

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Hi All.  I have been reading about sliders (carousels) and the hero image.  The hero image seems like a more SEO friendly choice. I'm not fond of a huge image but I understand that it is best for mobile as well. Anybody have any input on either?

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Jan 11, 2021 Jan 11, 2021

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Doesnt really have anything to do with SEO at all. Its' more to do with bandwidth. Obviously band-width is more 'valuable' on mobile devices if you are paying for it as you browse, whereas on 'static' desktop devices it doesn't really matter, most users will have packages which provide unlimited bandwidth.

 

Probably a good solution/compromise would be to deal a slider to desktop devices and just a static hero image to mobile devices, if you can be bothered. A lot of developers including myself can't be bothered so usually both devices get a slider as its visually more interesting than a static image. (Although I will usually try and make an effort to reduce the size of the slider images for mobile devices).

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Jan 11, 2021 Jan 11, 2021

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Thank you Nancy.  Take care.  

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Community Expert ,
Jan 11, 2021 Jan 11, 2021

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Huh?

Don't thank me, thank osgood.

 

Nancy O'Shea— Product User, Community Expert & Moderator
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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Jan 12, 2021 Jan 12, 2021

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Sorry Osgood.  I meant to thank you.

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"The hero image seems like a more SEO friendly choice."

I don't know what you've been reading but SEO is about text content, not images.  Google doesn't care what kind of eye candy you use.  Carousels, slideshows, hero images or itty bitty thumbnails are all just images. 

 

Google bots are spidering text all over the web in search of unique and relevant content inside good semantic markup.  Read Google's SEO Starter Guide for pointers.

https://developers.google.com/search/docs/beginner/seo-starter-guide

 

As osgood said, bandwidth is another issue.  Pages containing too much bandwidth won't load quickly and may perform badly on slow data plans.  No matter which type of eye candy you use, images should be fully optimized for the web in Photoshop or Lightroom before you bring them into your site.

 

Nancy O'Shea— Product User, Community Expert & Moderator
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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I was thinking about how many people ignore banners and that having a hero image instead of a slider might be a little less ignored.  That's all.  Thanks again.

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Design choices should be made in consultation with your design team and stakeholders (clients).  And of course you're not permanently stuck with anything.  You can switch things out whenever you want.

 

Nancy O'Shea— Product User, Community Expert & Moderator
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