Author: Nola Young
More and more Web sites are using sound as a means to promote an image, present a point or to just plain entertain you. Should you consider sound for your Web site?
Here are a few examples of the use of sound on Web sites:
There are 2 ways to add sound to your page. One way is to link to the sound file, so that the user downloads and plays it when they click on a link. The other way is to embed the sound file so that it begins to load when the page loads.
When linking to sound files it’s a good idea to let your users know what they are in for. It’s a good practice to indicate the file type and file size of sound files. If you choose to embed sound files into your web sites, remember that a sound playing over and over can get annoying. It may be better idea to set the maximum times a sound will loop to something like 3 rather than looping continuously.
The real advantage of adding sound to your Web site is it’s ability to provide a more interesting multimedia experience for visitors to your site. In the Internet world, as in all other forms of marketing, it is crucial to attract and hold the attention of potential customers. Audio (sound) can cause visitors to your Web site to remain for a longer time, making them more likely to take the action that you hope they will take.