1 person found this helpful
HTML alone won't build image galleries or slideshows for you. You'll need a scripting solution of some sort: Ajax, jQuery, DHTML...
JAlbum Web Photo Gallery Creation Software
Thanks so much, Nancy. Do any of these solutions allow for including html image tags that can be read by spiders?
1 person found this helpful
Alt attributes on images are not going to help you much with search engines. Alt attributes provide some description of the image to people without sight or devices that don't load images (text-based browsers or mobile phones, for example). If you can insert an image into your page, you can and should use Alt attributes for accessibility reasons.
If you're goal is to draw attention to your images from search engines, then you need to put real text captions or descriptions into your markup. Many Lightbox solutions provide room for image captions.
Something like this?
...where there is a description below the image? Is there a way to do this "behind the scenes"? i.e. leave the description there for the search engines, but hide it from the viewer? I'm thinking a line of text next to each image would be disctracting for viewers.
Right. The example given is a Lightbox with Captions below full-size images.
Is there a way to do this "behind the scenes"? i.e. leave the description there for the search engines, but hide it from the viewer? I'm thinking a line of text next to each image would be disctracting for viewers.
Very bad idea. If you attempt to manipulate search results by hiding content from human view (known as black hat SEO tactics) Google will ban/blacklist your site from their search results.
How to Improve My site's SEO -
Thanks again for the info. I am certainly not trying to "hide" content from users, I just don't want text interfering with the visual experience of the images (this is for a photography gallery). That being the case, I've noticed that Lightbox (like the one I linked to) will make visible the "title" attribute (when hovering over the thumbnail and when viewing the full sized image). Is this equivelant to using an "alt" tag (i.e. is the "title" verbiage indexed by search engines like the "alt" verbiage would be? Or should I actually add an "alt" tag (there is one in the thumbnail, but not in the full size image) to the full size image (I actually tried this and didn't see the alt tag verbiage I'd added when hovering over the full size image)?
Alt attribute is for web accessibility (some brief description in case the image doesn't load). Title attribute produces a tooltip when moused over. Alt is required on all images. Title is optional. Search engines do not place much importance on either Alt or Title attributes. Keywords in headings and text are what search engines pay attention to.
<img src="logo.jpg" alt="XYZ logo" title="the company name"> <br />
<p>Image caption here</p>
Thank you, Nancy!