Unlike what some of us might still be thinking, web designing no more remains confined to mere compiling and presenting the information to lone web audiences that occasionally surface there; instead, all this information has to be presented in a manner that it not only informs but inspires the visitors.
Objective of a website is not fully achieved unless it compels web surfers to revisit the site again and again and for that the first thing that a website needs is an attractive, informative, unique, and attention seeking “Homepage” that can serve very well as a landing page and welcome page of a website, but it also serves as an eager host guiding web surfers to every nook and corner of the site.
Importance of a unique, attractive, and interactive home page
Generosity of internet in presenting users with unimaginably diverse range of alternatives is one of its basic traits and it is this richness of alternatives that enables web audiences to become critically choosy. If they do not find a website attractive, informative, and interactive enough, they simply move on in their search to a better alternative offering them the best amalgam of all what they need. To be able to instill all such features into Homepage of a website, custom web design approach serves the best as it present web designers with great maneuverability and flexibility needed to do so.
Essential features of a Homepage
Fact of the matter is that Homepage is very important element of a website, so much so that it can simply make or break it for a website.
Logically speaking, the major purpose of Homepage should be to introduce an unfamiliar web surfer with what the site has to offer. It should not only be able to communicate about the nature and purpose of any particular website, but it should also converse of its goals and objectives. What must be kept in mind while designing it is the fact that its purpose cannot be confined to presentation of information to visitors, but it also has to convince them in further engagement with the site.
A website can easily be forgotten by its visitors if it is not able to brand itself uniquely. Branding is such an important purpose of Homepage because it offers visitors something to get associated with and it is this association (in addition to other things) that compels a visitor to revisit a website again and again. One should make the best use of logos, slogans, illustrations, typefaces, and other graphical elements to achieve this purpose.
The main purpose of any web page design in general and Homepage design in particular is not fulfilled unless it serves as an anchor guiding visitors anywhere and everywhere they feel like going to. It should be presented to visitors as an attractive entry point into a website that is practical and convenient enough to guide them towards achieving their purpose of the visit.
The significance of first impression can never be undone, especially in virtual world and there is nothing better to present user with the best first impression of a website other than well designed and well orchestrated Homepage. For designers who want to impress their clients with amazingly positive response from their target audience, instilling these basic traits into their Homepage designs is going to do wonders for them.