Blogging don’ts part nine:
No Auto Anything.
Original post here
Disclaimer: Again, these are only my thoughts and opinions based on my twenty years of web design. Your thoughts and opinions are welcome even if they oppose mine and especially if they are well thought out and not just abusive.
Today’s annoying blog feature is similar to part one, pops up. In this case it’s auto loading pop ups like music or videos. This is a simple case of Silence is Golden.
Even in the 90’s when the web was young and adding wav files to your website was a popular feature it was a feature that annoyed more than it pleased. Back then before the days of high speed internet (one day we’ll even get that in Australia) auto loading songs slowed pages down, sometimes it even stopped them as the browsers and internet connection got bogged down with data.
But what was even worse was waiting and waiting only to find that the song which was auto loading was a song you really hated. Even if the website was one you wanted to read if it was a song you didn’t want to hear chances are you left the site.
Twenty plus years on and the theory is still the same, nothing drags a viewer away quicker than something they don’t want to see or hear. Bombard them with music, especially music they don’t like and how long do you expect them to hang around an keep reading? Websites may load quicker now thanks to faster internet but that doesn’t mean people really want to load your music without being asked.
Millions of people spent the last twelve months complaining about Microsoft using an annoying pop up to remind people to upgrade their systems to Windows 10, so why do people still do the same thing to their web site viewers? Many people had no idea how to turn that nag alert off, the same thing happens on many websites that use the auto loading feature and leaving the site is the easiest option.
The easiest solution? If you really want viewers to hear some music, if music or a particular message is really important to your site then give the viewers the option to view it with a link.