Sliders, or carousels, were a recent topic of conversation with a few different clients and developers.
My recommendation is NOT to use sliders unless your clients absolutely require it. And if they do require it, you should find a way to make sure the sliders never work, so that they don’t end up with sliders. Because they do not work, and they’re not accessible.
#1 Reason: They slow down website load times.
I could post a series of articles about why else not to use them, and rant and rave about my own experiences, but I’ll just share the only analytics you need:
The typical click-through rate of a carousel is 1-3%. Of those the majority click on the 1st image. – @erunyon at #bdconf
If you need alternatives (hint: just use a nice image with a call to action), here is a good article: Slider Alternatives
On second thought, I will post two more links:
Yoast’s Opinion on Sliders
Should I Use a Carousel? (No!)
There’s my pro tip for the day.