Sliders in Web Design

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Many designers have mixed feelings regarding the use of sliders and slider controls. Some love them, while others despise them.

What are sliders?

A slider is a term that refers to a slideshow on a website. An example of a slider can be a revolving carousel that displays products or photos.

Why the Love?

  • They save space
  • Sliders consolidate images
  • Users stay engaged
  • Users control content

Why the Hate?

  • Sliders slow down the page, impacting SEO
  • Some sliders do not transition well to mobile
  • Visitors often view sliders the same way they do ads and skip over them
  • Sliders could give the impression that the company was unsure what to highlight and instead chose to show all options at the same time.

When to use sliders?

  • For product tours
  • To make new content stand out
  • To present photo galleries
  • To display portfolios online

Find out when they are most useful in Web Design in the article below.

Sliders in Web Design: To Use or Not to Use?