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TigerUK says

It seems that even the most boring themes having rotating sliders on the homepage. It’s like every designers “go to” trick or something.

But don’t designers understand these massive rotating image sliders are hardly ever used by commercial companies. In fact I can’t think of a single example of these used anyone outside of the graphic/web design space.

They’re great for single product/service website and designers but post serious issues issues for larger sites that have more than a few goals. They use up vital real estate space on the homepage which needs to be more of a portal for the rest of the site and have links and segments for all areas of their site. So a massive slider just takes up too much room.

It’s thanks to wordpress which has over introduced homepage over-ride where you can stick up a static post as the homepage which has fixed the problem out.

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jk000jk says

People still think is impressive to have a slider which is not since hardly anyone go through slides this days.

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BenSheppard says

Most themes and templates are created to speak to a majority of people, some people like it some people don’t it’s best to cater to the people that like and it, and the people that don’t can just get rid of it.

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TigerUK says

it’s not easy to get rid of it though, web designers love sliders, because it looks good. But designers like to create beautiful animated websites with dynamic elements. But the most effective design isn’t necessarily the most beautiful or dynamic.

Vast majority of web marketers, usability experts refrain from using it. Because it’s just very bad, you want all your most valuable content to be visible at all times, not cycle through a slider.

Also it’s not possible to turn it off easily, most of the times the homepage slider is actually hardcoded. It’s thanks to wordpress that you can now override the default homepage ad place a static homepage instead. – but if you’re running a blog – you will have to work with the default homepage because the static does not automatically insert latest post or have any other dynamic element.

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BenSheppard says

it’s not easy to get rid of it though, web designers love sliders, because it looks good. But designers like to create beautiful animated websites with dynamic elements. But the most effective design isn’t necessarily the most beautiful or dynamic.

Vast majority of web marketers, usability experts refrain from using it. Because it’s just very bad, you want all your most valuable content to be visible at all times, not cycle through a slider.

Also it’s not possible to turn it off easily, most of the times the homepage slider is actually hardcoded. It’s thanks to wordpress that you can now override the default homepage ad place a static homepage instead. – but if you’re running a blog – you will have to work with the default homepage because the static does not automatically insert latest post or have any other dynamic element.

Most of the themes I’ve worked with allow you to turn off or get rid of the slider, so I’m not sure what themes you’ve been using, if the only thing putting you off a theme is the slider I’m sure an author would be more than happy to get rid of it for you

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Skywarrior says

Sliders or homepage banners are very important for the first impression of the user who visit your site. You can show what your site does/is about in an image and a bit of text, which is very powerful. I do know what you mean about the marketers making sites without banners but again, if you want a site for very niche products that you dont consider necessary to have a big visual impact you wouldnt be here buying a theme and just use the default wordpress look. Also, you can always turn them off so there shouldnt be a problem there either :)

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Dream-Theme says

Don’t use slider if you do not need one – just use the page template called “default” and make it homepage :)

Vast majority of web marketers, usability experts refrain from using it. Because it’s just very bad, you want all your most valuable content to be visible at all times, not cycle through a slider.

Sorry mate, but thats one of most stupid thing I’ve heard in quite a while. “Vast majority” without extensive number of examples = nobody.

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Dream-Theme says

Just in case:
http://www.ebay.com
http://amazon.com
http://www.microsoft.com
http://www.apple.com

Sliders and fancy headers. Everywhere. So “wast majority of usability experts” appears to be incompetent.

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mad_dog says

So “wast majority of usability experts” appears to be incompetent.
:)
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Veuse says

Just in case:
http://www.ebay.com
http://amazon.com
http://www.microsoft.com
http://www.apple.com

Sliders and fancy headers. Everywhere. So “wast majority of usability experts” appears to be incompetent.

Many agree that sliders can be good for e-commerce sites, but are not always good for conversion on other kinds of websites. Also, most sliders do not work well on touch-devices.

Here are some interesting articles on the subject:
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