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Homepage Design

November 11th, 2003 · No Comments

It is one of the oldest activities when it comes to the Web, but home page design still leaves a lot to be desired. Robin Good points to an essay by Jakob Nielsen on the 10 most violated homepage design guidelines:

1. Emphasize what your site offers that’s of value to users and how your services differ from those of key competitors

2. Use a liquid layout that lets users adjust the homepage size

3. Use color to distinguish visited and unvisited links

4. Use graphics to show real content, not just to decorate your homepage

5. Include a tag line that explicitly summarizes what the site or company does

6. Make it easy to access anything recently featured on your homepage

7. Include a short site description in the window title

8. Don’t use a heading to label the search area; instead use a “Search” button to the right of the box

9. With stock quotes, give the percentage of change, not just the points gained or lost

10. Don’t include an active link to the homepage on the homepage

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