This feature is available on all paid plans, including the archived Creator, Professional, and Custom plans.
You can add alt texts to Picture, Shape, and Slideshow widgets.
The alt texts describe what is shown in a widget, increasing the accessibility of your project for visitors who are unable to see images for a variety of reasons. It can compensate for a slow internet connection and support visitors with visual impairment who need screen-reading software. It’s also a good practice for SEO: search crawlers index your alt tags, giving you an opportunity to add target keywords to the images, shapes, and slideshows too.
To add an alt attribute to your widget, click the Semantics attribute in your widget settings and enter text in the pop-up window. The attribute will then appear in the source code of your project.
How to use alt attributes most effectively
- Be precise. Remember that alt texts exist primarily for visitors who can’t see the actual images: your description should accurately reflect what your widget looks like.
- Keep it short. As long as HTML specifications don’t limit the length of alt tags, it’s better to restrict yourself to 125 characters: a lot of popular screen readers divide text by exactly this amount. At Readymag, alt tags are limited to 100 characters.
- Avoid words like ‘photo’, ‘image’, etc. Both screen readers and search engine crawlers recognize an image by an alt attribute referring to it. There’s no need to add your own designation.
- Don’t try to stuff with keywords. Alt attributes are extremely helpful for SEO, but we always recommend keeping a pleasant user experience the main priority.