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It’s no secret that first impressions are key, and your dental websites are often the first impression potential patients have of your practice. That’s why it’s important to make sure your website looks professional and polished. One easy way to do this is by using high-quality images on your website. However, be careful not to go overboard!

Too many images can actually have a negative effect on your website’s user experience and Google ranking. Here are some tips on how to use images on your dental website without compromising its appearance or usability.

Choose images that are high quality and relevant to your dental practice. This may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many dental websites have low-quality, irrelevant images. Choose images that are clear and well-lit, and make sure they’re relevant to your dental practice. For example, if you specialize in cosmetic dentistry, avoid using stock photos of people with perfect teeth; instead, use before-and-after photos of your own patients.

Make sure your images are optimised for the web. This means saving them in the correct file format and size. JPEG is the most common file format for images on the web, and it should be used for all photos and graphics on your website. As for size, try to keep your image file sizes under 1MB. If you have images that are larger than this, you can use an online tool like TinyPNG to compress them without compromising quality.

Use descriptive filenames and alt tags. Every image on your website should have a descriptive filename (e.g., “smile-makeover-before-after.jpg”) and alt tag (e.g., “Before and after photos of a patient’s smile makeover”). These help Google understand what your images are about and improve your website’s search ranking.

Don’t forget to add captions. A caption is a brief description of an image, usually appearing underneath it. Captions help visitors understand what they’re looking at, especially if the image is complex or contains a lot of text.

Finally, make sure your website is responsive. This means that it looks and works well on all devices, from desktop computers to smartphones. More and more people are using their phones to browse the web, so it’s important to make sure your website is accessible to them. Use responsive design techniques, such as fluid layouts and media queries, to ensure that your website looks great on all screen sizes.

With these tips in mind, you can use images on your dental website without compromising its appearance or usability. By choosing high-quality, relevant images and optimizing them for the web, you can create a professional, polished website that will make a great first impression on potential patients.