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Veuse 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 :)

How does a slider give a better first-impression than static content? I really can’t see how a slider is impressive, as they are used on every second site I visit.

Here are some sites that could very well be tempted to use sliders to try to get focus on their products features, but have instead chosen to use static content. Strait to the point, and good for conversion:

http://www.campaignmonitor.com/ http://foundation.zurb.com/ http://www.teehanlax.com/
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TigerUK 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.

ebay and amazon are ecommerce sites, they cannot focus the homepage so they have to use sliders with “general” images to cater for everyone.

Amazon does a better job, most of the time when you’re cookied, amazon will display tiled products on the homepage when you’ve been looking at a lot of products.

Microsoft and Apple just host their 3 or 4 flagship products which are in vogue right now, case in point xboxone, iPhone5 because 75% of their visitors are probably after 2 or 3 of their products.

Most importantly these sites are exception rather than the norm, they’re not like your typical small businees users who will buy themes from envato. A lot of the time, theme desigers just assume sliders = good, and build the homepage to use theme.

I’ve come across more themes than I’d care to mention that hard code a slider into the homepage, sometimes you can’t even disable it. Many times when you disable it the homepage does’t look right because it was clearly designed with the slider in mind.

It’s kinda like removing the TV from a living room, all the furniture points towards the TV so when you remove the TV it looks like the room is missing something.

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KrownThemes says

A slider shouldn’t be mandatory to be included into the homepage and i am really curious on how did the themes that you’ve used done this? Because in a WordPress theme any page can be a homepage so you can simply build up your content into a regular page just like you would do with any page. I’m missing something obvious, as for example, the slider is optional in all of my themes and i’m sure that more of authors here do this..

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TigerUK says

Not every theme comply with Wordpress best practice.

I was actually trying to do this ysterday with a new theme from a different theme portal, I set the homepage as static post but the default homepage elements was still there and the formatting broke completely.

So I just wrote to them and asked for a refund.

There are well designed theme coders. Pindol is a great theme on here and I was able to put a static page but still have the columns and sections on the static page. But not every theme coder puts as much effort into making the theme work for everyone.

On themeforest there is a huge bias towards websites for graphic design companies where a portfolio is a big component of the theme. For graphic designers sliders work well because they can quickly showcase their work and different styles very quickly.

Not everyone who uses wordpress is into the arts, many want a site that is functional and gives straight forward, “to the point” information to their audience. With little to no dynamic page elements.

I do adwords consulting and have split tested these to the nth degree. Sliders are bad, they’re distracting it it means your features products/service are not on the page at all the time. A 5 slide slider will feature 1 product/service for only 20% of the time. I would much rather have smaller tiles showcasing the products/service visible at all times.

Or something like slider example 1 here, which puts the user in control and gives them a chance to see everything in one go: http://www.yootheme.com/widgetkit/examples/gallery


A slider shouldn’t be mandatory to be included into the homepage and i am really curious on how did the themes that you’ve used done this? Because in a WordPress theme any page can be a homepage so you can simply build up your content into a regular page just like you would do with any page. I’m missing something obvious, as for example, the slider is optional in all of my themes and i’m sure that more of authors here do this..

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