Website Anatomy 101: Your Home Page

Written by Becky Fitzpatrick, Digital Marketing Associate

10 years ago, the Internet reached it’s first 1 billion users. Just 5 years ago, it reached 2 billion. In 2014, it reached 3 billion users worldwide. Today, approximately 3,090,900 people are considered Internet users. That’s 40 percent of the world population. 40 percent!

If you own a domain name, you have access to connecting with people in every continent across the globe. When it comes to the anatomy of your website, the home page is without doubt the most important page. It makes the first impression for people landing on your site, so we’ve decided to break down the components your homepage should nail. Below are some examples from websites we designed for the 6 most important parts of your home page.

Who You Are

The most basic point of a homepage is to tell users who you are. Make sure to include some team photos and a clear description of your organization.

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What You Do

Your work needs to be a focal point on the homepage. Make sure first time visitors know exactly what your organization does, and include photos to prove it!

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Your Menu

Your menu shows the other pages of your website, so it’s crucial to make the titles clear and visible. Have a ‘sticky’ header so it follows you down the page as your reader scrolls down. This makes it easier for them to navigate to other pages and donate from anywhere on the homepage.

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Make your homepage compelling. Be sure to include your mission statement, captivating photos, and interesting facts to show why people should care about your cause.

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There should be a clear call to action on your homepage. Create buttons for supporters to donate, interested fans to sign up for newsletters, and business partners to learn more about your organization.

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Social media icons can be on every page of your website, but it’s crucial to have them vividly displayed on the homepage. Many sites choose to include icons at the top nav bar and in the footer to make it easy for users to find the organization on other communication platforms.

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