It is true that a picture is worth a thousand words but there are risks and costs for every picture you add to your website. Here are 3 risks that you need to consider before adding a picture to your website.
- Your picture could be misinterpreted. All mediums of art are up for interpretation. You may feel that the picture describes you, your business, or the point of your blog. But it will be difficult to find someone with the same interpretation as you. To reduce this risk try to use images that has been used before on websites and has one subject in the picture.
- It could turn off the user. Everyone one has different likes and dislikes. Your visitors and customers do not have to like the same are or pictures you do. Visitor’s and user’s perception will be swayed by the colors and pictures on your site. Remember that pictures are emotional and you want to strike the right emotion with the visitor. To reduce this risk use pictures that have been proven to evoke the emotion you are trying for.
- Uses lots of bandwidth. Remember that visitors could visit your site from many different platforms and many different internet providers. Some visitors do not have access to broadband. Some visitors are limited on the data they can use on their phone. Be respectful of your visitors and use appropriately sized pictures to reduce the burden on your visitors.
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