No page on your website is more important than your homepage, which is why it needs to make a strong first impression on your visitors. To make sure that happens, you need keep in mind some of the unique usability concerns when it comes to writing content for your website’s homepage.
Why do website homepages have usability concerns that are different from other pages on your website? It’s because of their purpose. They can’t just display lots of text – that’s the job of your internal pages. Homepages have to present a snapshot of a lot of information at once, and they have to do it in a way that both entices new visitors to explore your website further, and makes it easy for returning visitors to find what they’re looking for.
Presenting that much information isn’t easy, and it becomes even more difficult to do when different groups within a business or organization start wanting real estate on it. Tough decisions need to be made when it comes to a homepage’s content, but if you couch your discussions in the content usability terms below, they might become easier to make.
With all of this in mind, here are some tips and considerations you can follow when planning the content on your homepage or if you want to improve the usability of your existing homepage content.
Visitors returning to your website will already know what your business/organization is about and what you do, but new visitors won’t know that information. This is one of the main purposes that a homepage serves, so make sure to answer these 4 questions somewhere that your visitors will have about your website somewhere on yours:
Incorporating this information in a way that new visitors can easily find it but returning visitors can avoid it if they want to isn’t easy. If you write your homepage’s content clearly and concisely, and design the homepage so that things are easy to find but easy to avoid as well, you should be fine.
While your website’s homepage needs to be designed so that visitors can find what they’re looking for quickly, easily, and intuitively, when it comes to content, you want to strike a balance between providing information on the homepage itself and drawing people further into your website. Here are some ways to accomplish that:
What are some tips that you have for writing better homepage content or for improving the usability of your homepage content? Do you think focusing on the content of your homepage alone will make the homepage more usable, or is it more a function of design? Share your thoughts with everyone by leaving a comment below!