As defined, thumbnails are the reduced version of images and help the layout of a Lakeland website design be cleaner, pristine, and easier to navigate. Scaled down to the smallest size for which they can still be recognized, these thumbnails are used ubiquitously on every website we visited in the past years.
Let’s talk about Facebook first, which is literally the only website that we all share. Thumbnails are seen all over the platform. Your profile picture is a thumbnail before you click on it and the screen shows you the full size. The links below a playing video include thumbnails that give you a preview of what’s to come next. The images you see on your news feed are all thumbnails, scaled down versions of the actual size of the image. Once you click on the image, the screen will give you the full-size version.
Thumbnails are everywhere that we often overlook their use and how they help a website load faster and how they make our browsing experience better. Where are thumbnails used and to what effect can they help your Lakeland website design?
On e-commerce websites
When you browse through a multitude of products on Walmart.com or Macys.com or Amazon.com, for example, you are effectively looking through thousands of thumbnails. Once you are interested to see and know more about the product, you’ll click on the image or the post title. Even when you’re on the product page, you will still only see a scaled-down version of the image.
If you want to see the full size of the image, you will again have to click on the photo. The thumbnails used in the search results are miniature and if you have a bad eye, it would be difficult to decipher what the photos show. On the product page, the thumbnails are larger and they give more details of how the product looks. Without thumbnails, these e-commerce sites would have to use the actual sizes of the photos, which will make page loading slower.
On general websites
If the purpose of your website is to disseminate information and provide details about events, campaigns, advocacies, and the like, you still have to use thumbnails for the images you will use to support your text content. While using images and their corresponding thumbnails on general websites is not as important as on e-commerce websites, these websites will still benefit from using thumbnails for the image content.