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May 22, 2013

Reasons to Avoid Music on Your Website

Photo Credit: JD Hancock
Designing a website for your business is a lot of fun and we understand that it can be tempting to personalize your website with your favorite music, however there are some serious reasons that you should keep your website silent.  

Speed - Streaming a song as your website's background music can require a significant amount of bandwidth.   This causes slower loading times, and unhappy visitors.

Discontinuity - With most music players, the music will start and stop each time another page is clicked on or whenever the page is refreshed.  

Taste - Everyone has different tastes in music.  If your website visitor does not like your style of music, they will automatically get a negative impression of you if music is blasted at them as soon as they go to your website.  We may like to listen to the UnitWise Theme Song all day & night, but we know not everyone shares our unique enthusiasm.

Dueling Banjos - Many people browse the web while already listening to music through Spotify, iTunes, or Pandora.  Even if your visitors like the music on your page, they are unlikely to enjoy 2 songs played on top of each other.

Public Spaces - There's not much more annoying than using a computer in a quiet office, coffee shop,  library, etc and all of a sudden being serenaded by the unexpected loud music from a website you are visiting.  This will result in your site being exited in seconds, especially if the visitor cannot find where to turn the music off.

Browser Compatibility - Different browsers behave differently, not every browser is capable of playing every type of audio file.  Old or out of date browsers may have a tendency to lock up when attempting to play music. 


A Few Alternatives:

Storing Audio on UnitWise - Music can be uploaded to the Audio section of the UnitWise Resource Library.  These Audio Files can be embedded into your website by selecting the button that looks like headphones in the website rich editor.  These will not play automatically.  Your visitors can click the play button and control the audio on the site.
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Using a Playlist that does not AutoPlay - If you must have a music playlist on your website, we recommend using SoundCloud.  This allows you to create a playlist & has the option to not Autoplay when the page is opened.  Each playlist can be embedded into your UnitWise website using the "Embed Media" button.   
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