Photo Alt Tags Not Showing Up When Hovering on Site

Names of pictures I have put in the "alt tag" cell (by using advanced and then replacing the word "picture" with name of my photo) are not showing up when hovering over image when viewed on either Windows Edge or Chrome. Anyone have any ideas what's going on? Images are not showing up on image search either.  I've submitted my site map and can see Google has crawled my site and accepted about 1/2 of the pages (although no errors were found), but images are nowhere to be found even when I put the name of the photo in quotes. Working hard on SEO here and getting nowhere fast.

 

I understand the images in our store don't show up on search because they don't have alt tags.  But my REGULAR photos DO have alt tags and STILL are not showing up.  Can anyone help me on this?

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Community Manager

Re: Photo Alt Tags Not Showing Up When Hovering on Site

Sorry to hear you're having trouble. Do you have an example image where the image isn't showing in specific search results, @LongHoursHere?

- Adam
Community Manager

Re: Photo Alt Tags Not Showing Up When Hovering on Site

Thanks Adam for your help.  My concern is when I view my web site using Chrome or Windows Edge, hovering over the photos doesn't show anything.  Nothing. The little "hand" is there showing me the "link" is ready to be utilized, but nothing else.  I've gone to other sites who have posted in the community to see if their "alt tags" are working and they appear to be working fine.  You can go to my site (a work in progress for sure), and try hovering over a photo and you will see although I've "named" my photos, nothing is showing up. Site is www.rainydayrainbows.com . If I've named the photo by clicking on the photo, scrolling down to "advanced" and then replacing the word "picture" with the name of my photo, shouldn't THAT show up when someone is on my site and hovering over the photo?  Am I missing something here?

Community Manager

Re: Photo Alt Tags Not Showing Up When Hovering on Site

I think you're mixing up the Alt attribute with Title attribute.  Alt text is used when an image can't be displayed for some reason, and it's also used for SEO purposes by Google.  The Title attribute is shown when something is moused-over in a browser.  Some browsers might treat an Alt tag like a Title tag, although that's an extra feature of that browser.

 

You can read a little more about the purpose of each attribute here:

 

http://www.w3schools.com/tags/att_img_alt.asp

- Adam
Community Manager

Re: Photo Alt Tags Not Showing Up When Hovering on Site

Thanks Adam, I'm sure that's it. Also, photos are starting to appear in google search ... finally.
GP
Scholar

Re: Photo Alt Tags Not Showing Up When Hovering on Site

I'm having the same problem even I read your thread. I have my photos linked but I canot get how to label the photos. Hovering just points out the link. Any help ??

Home page photos  at IonaRealEstate.com . TIA

Community Manager

Re: Photo Alt Tags Not Showing Up When Hovering on Site

If you're linking your images, the URL you're linking to is probably going to take precedence by your browser.  I'm not sure that you could have the title show instead without removing the link.

- Adam
Community Manager
Explorer

Re: Photo Alt Tags Not Showing Up When Hovering on Site

Dear Adam,

 

As the Library Media Technology Specialist for Madison West High School, I am very disappointed that Weebly will not display the alt tags on my site's pictures. We have a number of blind students enrolled at our school, and it is frustrating that the tags do not display.  After reading this thread and a number of other sources, I discovered that I might try using title tags instead, but I could not find this option on Weebly.  Finally, though I was loath to do so, I determined to change the HTML code for every picture by hand so that the tags would display.  I was even more disappointed to learn that I could not do this in Weebly, either.  

 

Weebly is such an amazing product in so many respects, and I would prefer to keep using it for my school's library site.  However, since the product lacks basic consideration for people with disabilities, I am not sure whether I want to keep using it.  I am also not sure whether I will feel comfortable recommending it to others, something I did wholeheartedly in the past.  I urge you to consider changing the way the alt tags render and/or giving users the opportunity to input title tags or edit HTML code themselves.

 

Sincerely,

 

Laura Frost

Library Media Technology Specialist

West High School

Employee Moderator

Re: Photo Alt Tags Not Showing Up When Hovering on Site

Hello Laura!

 

Just to confirm, those are images that are also linked to specific aspects of the site? You should be able to edit the Alt text as normal in the Advanced tab otherwise.

Explorer

Re: Photo Alt Tags Not Showing Up When Hovering on Site

I second that. And I would like to have Product images show up with mouseover title descriptions.... is this some upgrade option?