Today, slideshows and sliders have becoming a very essential part of a website and obviously a popular trend in the web design. It’s an effective and smart way to present featured content by attractive visual images. And from technology viewpoint, there are many jQuery slideshow for Joomla with beautiful effects and presentation.
In this blog, you will find the reasons why you should use a slideshow for your Joomla site, and what kinds of content can be used on your Homepage slideshow to optimize visual power and maximize your site’s profit. Let’s roll down!
WHY YOU SHOULD HAVE A SLIDESHOW FOR YOUR JOOMLA SITE?
Slideshow is the most interactive way of displaying information. With slideshow, you can easily highlight important messages and drive attention by the image galleries.
Plus, slideshow is mostly designed in an organized and compact manner. It does catch attention from your visitors but do not distract them from overall information on your homepage if you know how to harmonize the contents. If you know how to nail it, slideshow helps you drive more clicks to inner pages.
WHAT CONTENTS SHOULD BE PRESENTED ON YOUR SLIDESHOWS?
Now that you know the importance of having a slideshow, let’s see what content should be presented? In other words, here are some spicy ideas for you to put in your slideshow presentation.
1. Your featured services/products
This is the most popular and easiest implement in utilizing slideshow. Any business has a variety of offered products and services to present. However, it is the best to let your most highlight items to show up on your slide. So, rather than having you customers spend time to search for the good one and find what you do, why not help them by providing the best of you right in front of their eyes? Links to inner pages to your product page or service page should be included so your slides will be clickable.
2. Your portfolios
When designing a portfolio, there are countless methods to present it. Slideshow or slider is a good way to display your art work projects. You can organize and showcase many projects or present different images of a single project on your slides.
Take chance to present your latest news and show people that your business is active. It could be a slide to tell people your latest product’s update, new service added or introduce your new member, your best member of the month, etc. Remember to put some detail on the slide and link to a page with more information.
4. Featured blogs/New blog post
Do you have a blog for your business? Is there any blog that hits thousands of visits? Is it a hot topic or a very useful article that your readers highly recommend? Or have you just published a blog post recently? If YES, make slides about it.
JS News Slideshow: Showcase your Blog articles
5. Business’s events
It would be a great idea to highlight your upcoming events to your site’s visitors. If there are several events, you can order the slides from the soonest or from the most important to the least important ones.
Slide Horizontal Accordion by JoomSeller
6. Speak to new customers
In UX design, one of the most important things is to give user exactly what they are looking for without any difficulties. Therefore, make sure new visitors and customers who come to your site for the 1st time will easily find the answer for their questions – and you have slideshow in your hand as an effective tool to grasp attention.
A few questions which relate to what you do and what your customers are looking for such as “Are you looking for the best extensions for Joomla?” should work. Try to pose as many questions as you can think of and select the best ones, then put them on the slides.
7. Add Video from your Business
If you have a video to quickly introduce your business, or a number of good tutorial videos, why not put them on your slides?
JUX Slideshow by JoomlaUX is a good slideshow with Ken Burn effect which allows you to put both images and videos (Youtube or Vimeo) to slideshow:
TIPS FOR GOOD UX (USER EXPERIENCE) SLIDESHOW
From the point of technology, slideshows are usually designed in an organized and compact manner. Your task is just putting in the desired images and click SAVE. Here are some reminders JoomSeller would like to suggest in using slideshow:
Don’t overuse it. Normally, with any slideshow, you’re able to control the number of sliders. My advice here is that you shouldn’t create too many slides. Why? Because no one has time to view a single slide. And too many slides means the most important message will be saturated among other slides. The maximum time a person can pay on a slideshow presentation is 30 seconds (or less). So don’t waste your time with too many slides. Make good and focused slides instead.
Design good and powerful pictures. Be selective in choosing pictures to put on your slide (must be a HD and related to content image). If you design those pictures by yourselves, make sure the CTAs (call-to-actions) are appealing, and your information is efficient via a little amount of words.
Customize your slideshow’s speed. After installing a slideshow, you should customize the transition speed. If your slides play too fast, nobody can read your message. But if they play too slow, it will become so boring to wait to the next slide. So base on your slide’s content, choose the suitable speed for it. 7 seconds per slide is ideal.
Don’t turn slide to advertisement. Researches showed that customers strongly dislike slideshows that sound too boasting. Blabbering too much will make you like “empty vessels make the loudest sound”. Be careful in your words and focus on what your customers’ need, not only you.
A slideshow speaks a thousand words and it’s really the key to smart Web design. Use it wisely and creatively to make it best serve your site. Hope that from this blog, you are inspired and can utilize your own slideshow. Let’s share with us what you got for your slideshow by commenting below.