You should also consider various features and best practices of using carousel design for your website for the best possible carousel UI and UX possible. With proper carousel UX and UI, you can optimize your visitor's experience while maximizing your reach and ability to keep users interested in your website for longer periods of time.
Use high-quality graphics, images, and illustrations
One of the biggest features of using carousels to display products, showcase news and blogs, or even highlight specific content is to do so with high-quality illustrations, graphics, and photographs. High-quality graphics and imagery are some of the best ways to attract the eye of a visitor, especially if your website's carousel displays above the fold of your site's current design.
With carousels, you can include CTAs, or calls-to-action, when using links to redirect visitors to pages on your website or blog. Using a CTA built directly into your carousel is ideal to help users easily navigate your website and boost your site's overall SEO, or search engine optimization.
The more optimized your website appears to popular search engines such as Google, DuckDuckGo, Yahoo!, and Bing, the more likely your website's URL is to appear within the first pages of search results for relevant phrases and keywords.
Display the number of slides included
You have the option of displaying the number of total slides for any carousel, which can help visitors who are curious or interested in knowing how long a carousel might rotate.
Include manual navigation buttons
One feature to use to provide additional navigation options for visitors with your carousel design is a manual navigation button. Manual navigation buttons help users easily locate featured or highlighted content that has recently disappeared—if you are using an auto-forwarding option—without having to wait for the carousel to complete its rounds again. Manual navigation buttons decrease the risk of visitors losing interest and using another resource to find the products or information they seek.
Include a pause button
With an auto-forwarding digital carousel, it is highly recommended to include a pause button. Regardless of the speed you set your carousel to, including a pause button is always ideal, as it places more control in the prospective customer or client's hands.
A pause button allows your users to pause any carousel to click on a link or to learn more about a featured product or piece of content. With a pause button, you minimize the risk of a user missing out on a potential product due to the carousel moving too quickly for them to learn more.
Start slides muted
Any time you choose to offer a virtual slide or carousel on a website that includes sound, do so with the sound automatically muted. If a visitor attempts to access your site while having music playing, or while in a private setting, and your carousel's sounds automatically begin to play, they may immediately leave your website. Incorporating a mute button automatically set on when a visitor first accesses your website can eliminate the risk of disrupting a visitor whenever they access your site's carousel.
Avoid using too many slides
If you are choosing to build a slide, keep in mind that the more slides you use and the more dynamic your carousel is, the more memory and RAM the browser your visitors use to visit your website will use. Keep your carousels to a tight 10-15 slides. If you are using high-quality graphics, you may even want to use fewer slides in each of your carousels.
Add only one carousel to one page
One of the most important landing page design tips to keep in mind whenever you are building a website (of any kind), is not to overload the page with a variety of elements. Even if you choose to use a static carousel on a page, you will require more RAM and more processing power for the website to load and run properly.