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How to add Alt-tags to Hikashop Products for Joomla 3

A client had an update to Hikashop for use with Joomla 3 and the new layout caused him a bit of head-scratching.  The earlier version of Hikashop had the option for an alt-tag or title for the product image as you uploaded it. The latest version has a lovely new, clear layout for product information and image upload, but where, oh where had the option for the alt-tag gone?

As I’m sure you are aware, alt-tags on images are important for accessibility and also for search-engine optimisation. It is important to make sure all your images have them. So, if you are struggling to find this option, read on for the simple explanation of where it is!

First navigate to your products listing. Find the product you want to add the alt-tag to and click on the title.

product listing in Hikashop

This will open up the new product listing layout:

Product listing details

In the section “Image and files” you will see a thumbnail of the product image – provided you have already uploaded it. If you haven’t, then do so now!

Then click on the thumbnail and a new dialogue box will pop-up.

image alt-tag option

Into the “Name (ALT)” box, type your alt-tag. Remember this should help visitors with poor sight and the search-engine robots (which are blind to your images) know what the picture is. From an SEO point of view, it is a good idea to include keywords in this alt-tag.

You should also add a variation of this into the “Title” box.

Click OK and then save your product again to finish. Simple!!