The Use and Abuse of Animations on Websites
Watch the video to learn the 3 things you must know before using any animated elements on your site.
The main takeaway is that animations, when used incorrectly (not following the 3 steps in the video) will simply add to the waiting time for your visitor. And trust me: no one has ever looked at a website and thought to themselves "you know what would make this site better? If I had to wait a little longer before I can see the content!"
In the video above, I show you why is it a bad idea to use abundant animations through practical examples.
Don’t you worry - it is possible to use animations on your website without damaging its performance. Here are 3 simple rules to follow:
The Generic Animation Problem
A point to add to the video: animations can be very useful when they are used to illustrate something. Instead of trying to explain a process in words or with static images, it can be much more effective to show that process in motion.
However, a theme or plugin cannot provide this kind of animation, because it needs to be hand-crafted for the exact thing you need to illustrate.
Since that's time consuming and expensive, I recommend that you use videos instead. It's not the exact same thing, but you can much more easily record a quick presentation to illustrate something than create a custom web animation for it.
Agree? Disagree? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic, so please leave a comment below!