posted on Monday, February 08, 2016
Images are the quickest way of putting your point or product across to someone. The average website visitors spends only a couple of seconds on a webpage before navigating elsewhere or to a different website altogether. Having a collection of good quality, relevant images in a prominent space on your homepage will increase the chances of your visitors wanting to find out more about you and your business.
Think about it. If you navigate to a website that is full of text, are you likely to read it in full or read the first couple of lines (if that!) and move on? Then think about visiting the same website and it having images dotted around the page that showed you the products they offer, events they're running or similar. Would that make you stick around?
I often find myself running away from a website if it's full of text and no images. I'll read the first couple of lines but I'm very much a creative person and so I need to be able to visualise something in front of me. Sadly I'm not talented enough to do that with words alone!
Whilst I'd advise including images in your website I would also advise against over-doing it. If you're a photographer a photo gallery would be a fantastic addition to your website. But having too many images (potentially irrelevant to yourself or business) can also be annoying to visitors who want to quickly find out what you do.
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We have been using Umbraco for the last 5 years and we have never come across a problem. We've had nothing but praise from our clients who all took less than half an hour to get used to the system and begin adding new pages and content to their website.