A home page or index page has various related meanings to do with web sites: It is also usually the first page that the link/site takes you to.

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Is 'Home' button still a must?

I was wondering if the 'Home' button is still a must on a website menu, or are users already used to clicking on the Logo? There is a qustion on ux.stackexchange.com about this topic - Home button vs ...
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Do website visitors return to the homepage once they're inside the site?

I have been (unsuccessfully) looking for some research that supports / rejects (or even discusses) the hypothesis that: Once a user has entered a website a significant percentage of them do not ...
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Should video be used on home pages for company brochure sites?

I have just been in a meeting to discuss our company's new website. There was a lot of support for video being included on the home page. The video would include key messages and client's saying how ...
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In which cases does it make sense to use an explanatory video on a homepage?

I am a junior designer and I working on a web service's site design. I am not sure what should I place at the homepage i.e.: Some services like dropbox and readability have a quick video tour which ...
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Do people really read parallax scrolling homepages?

First, let me define what I mean by parallax scrolling homepage with a few examples: Google's Nexus 5: http://www.google.com/nexus/5/ Sony USA: http://discover.store.sony.com/be-moved/ Koa Water: ...
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Is it better to have more links to the homepage on your website?

Is it a good idea to have more than 2 or 3 links to the homepage on your website? Think about something like: Link in Footer Link in Header (obvious) Link in content Link the headerlogo to homepage ...
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Is adding categories to the products on the home page a good idea?

Will adding product categories to the featured products on my home page increase conversion? (the name of the category under the left title is also a link to that category)
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Does Lack of Content Contribute to Higher Bounce Rate?

I've been doing some research in Analytics to hopefully discover why my bounce rate is higher post-redesign, and thus far, my results have been inconclusive. How important is it that a site has ...
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Is there a standard for single product websites?

I'm looking to help a friend provide website design feedback to his sister's start-up company. The site is http://myyogaloop.com They are making some pretty basic mistakes. For example there are two ...
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Automatically redirecting to mobile app from home page?

We have an iPhone app that is our main focus. We have an informational website (3 pages). And we just created a mobile web version of the iPhone app for Android and other smartphone users. Our debate ...
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If a microsite uses the same logo as the main site, which “home” should it link to?

Which 'home' should the microsite's logo link to - the main site or the microsite? Consider that... The content and layout of the microsite is the only differentiator Half the users reach the ...
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Video automatically playing on a home or landing page - studies and data

I'd really like to know of any good studies, or posts about the impact that an auto-playing video has on a home or landing page. Impact being a change in conversion rate, bounce rate, time on site, ...
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Is it a good idea to have a homepage with multiple templates that alternate on a periodic basis?

I am working with a client that has been producing a print magazine and is interested in transitioning it online. One feature they were interested in was a homepage with multiple templates. So the ...
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What is the purpose of a website's homepage?

The title says it all really. While I realize the answer to this question is somewhat dependent on the visitors you're targeting, I'm wondering if there are any specific guidelines to follow. It's ...
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Are videos on the homepage of a commerce site a good idea instead of text?

I have received a design to implement for a new homepage on an existing music entertainment site. I have wireframed the new design below (it's already been designed and UX has not happened, I am ...
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Are there any performance or usage statistics for landing pages with no navigation?

Im noticing a trend of landing pages, where the landing page would not have the websites navigation on it, nor the footer, but would stand as its own micro website, with only the logo at the top left ...
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A good ux patten for search box in the landing page vs. search box in other pages?

I'm designing a website that its starting page contains a header with a navigation menu/sections, featured content and the main feature is a search box, as this is the recommended way to start ...
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A/B Testing Homepage Variants

When trying out new homepage layouts / styles, is A/B testing the best way to do this? With typical A/B tests you have a specific conversion measurement (i.e. version X drives significantly more ...
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What features should you add to a homepage to help sign-up conversion?

There are a few give-ins...simple social sign-up, tours, testimonials... but what have you found in your experience that really puts the icing on the cake when getting users to sign-up with the site. ...
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Home page with two types of profile signup

I'm working on a site where it offers online service for two types of users ("service providers" and "service seekers"). Users are required to signup with the type of profile they belong to. We are in ...
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Would Chrome's “Recently Closed” button in the homepage benefit from having a link to access “History”

Google Chrome's New Tab page has the Recently Closed button at the bottom which hasn't included a link to History. It will be good if there is link to History either at the bottom of the list or at ...
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Do users sign up to newsletters on homepages?

Do users sign up to newsletters on homepages? I have a nasty feeling that this has become one of those conventional UI techniques that business are used to however can't stop feeling that the ...
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Mega drop down or product list shown directly in home page?

We proposed a classic structure for a big brand website: Horizontal navigation menu, big slider with images and three boxes for highligts (img 1) Product list is shown with a mega drop down menu. My ...
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Is it easier to get a user to watch a video, or to scroll?

I see a lot of startups using product videos as the primary focus on their home page, with cheeky animated characters explaining whatever their product might be. But is there any data showing whether ...
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Reaching single product page in one click from home page

My client wants users to reach single product pages with one click from the home page. They also want to display products' images already in home page. The problem is that the product list is huge ...
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Landing page vs Home page

We are currently having a "discussion" in our company about Home pages. We have some users who express the opinion that "The home page should always be the home page, and never change". Thus, when a ...
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Best examples of “How it works” designs for Ecommerce/Deal sites [closed]

What are the best web design examples, having creative "How it works" sections on their homepages, that help new users to grasp the basic idea of the site within a few seconds? I have also seen many ...
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What are the benefits of the new Marks and Spencer large image fade?

Marks and Spencer recently rolled out their new site. For those that haven't seen it, take a look, works well. http://www.marksandspencer.com/ Did you notice that the large image fills the screen at ...
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How closely should the homepage design match the app design? [closed]

We have a team consisting of CEO, Product Manager/UX guy, UI Designer and Front-end developer who all discuss design, UX and usability questions for our app at www.enthuse.me We all agree that the ...
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Quick search on the left, or on the right of a home page?

Is there any benefit to having a 'quick search'* on the left of a home page, or, on the right or does it not really matter? Given that people generally scan / read from left to right, it may be ...
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On a home page: How critical is it that all the main goals of a site are in some way represented above the fold?

Imagine you are designing a home page for a site, and this site aims to provide four key services to a certain audience: A categorized, browseable library of documents; a feed of recent news stories; ...
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Is it better to display featured products as a slideshow or as a list of products

I have here two wireframes for the homepage of an e-commerce website. The site has only 5 products so far but will have more so the design needs to allow for scaling. I'm wondering which of these two ...
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How long should an image carousel on a homepage wait before starting?

Assuming one has to go with an image carousel (see this question for reasons why this isn't the best UX to begin with), how long should the carousel wait before beginning and switching? I recently ...
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How should a website handle signup for two types of accounts?

For instance, say a site is for merchants and consumers; people should either sign up as a merchant or a consumer – they require two different forms located on different pages. From the home page, ...
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I'm not sure what to put on my desktop app's home screen

I've got a desktop application which has a sidebar that takes the user to each section where they can perform different tasks (see figure 1). I'm having trouble deciding what to put on my ...
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Registration or login on the first page?

I'm designing the first page of my website, the one visitors would hit after typing the site address, and I encountered this problem. Given there can only be one, should there be the login form ...
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Long list of Artists

I am in the process of learning AngularJS, and thought to myself let me build a really simple, very common website using Angular and ASP.NET Web API. The website I want to build is a lyrics website, ...
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Should a homepage carousel rotate automatically or not? [duplicate]

For a media site with a lot of content (news/headlines) to display upfront, should the homepage carousel (each slide has an image associated with) rotate automatically or not? Are there any studies ...
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Why do websites write “Welcome to website” as their webpage title?

I was on Steam today and noticed this: Why do websites do this? I know that Steam isn't the only one and I can't imagine it helps increase sales or has any effect on the user.
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What metric should I use for A/B testing of a blog homepage?

We are launching a blog about web design. The goal of our blog is of an ordinary content site - to get visitors to read as many articles as possible (NOT to get ad impressions). Our designer has ...
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Linking back to previous webpage?

Currently the company I work for separates their company corporate website and their careers page. What this means is if you go to the parent site and click on the link to see career opportunities, ...
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Search functionality missing on Twitter's main page

This is something that has bothered me a lot recently, and I question whether it's good UX design or not. I'm not a huge Twitter user and very rarely log into the service. However, I sometimes am ...
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Are homepage slideshows actually effective? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are carousels effective? Something I have been wondering for quite a while now. Why is it that so many websites use slideshows on their homepage? My gut feeling tells ...
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Should clicking the logo for a website while on the home page reload the page?

Many websites have their logo near the top which is a clickable link to the homepage. There's some interesting discussion about this kind of button in this question. I am wondering if it's a good user ...
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What to include on an app's home page?

I'm creating my first Android application at work that shows state health rankings. It's very similar to this website: http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/. I have almost finished it, but I'm having ...
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Site uses two logos to link to a 'home' page; what's the best practice?

I have a very comprehensive and complex client website which is proving troublesome. There is a main logo for the 'home' company page and within the top level navigation structure there is category ...
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Redirect user to startpage or leave them on the same page after successful settings changes

When a user changes his settings (address, password, picture, etc.) what should be done when he clicks on "send"? Should he be redirected to the index page, or should he remain on the same settings ...
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Photos of Users on the Main site

I'm re-designing the main page of my web app. Since it is a social network I'm thinking about placing photos of (pretty) users on the main page. It will look something like this: What is ...
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Website “splash screen” instead of homepage or with it

I'm building a small business webpage - just a few subpages with not much text, based on twitter bootstrap. Lately there's an example of cover which I really like and want to use as a splash screen. I ...
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What do you call an experience where the navigation or menu is the only thing on a homepage?

For example. This design was used frequently when mobile websites first became a hit. I don't see it as much anymore but I'm considering using it for a web app I'm working on. Just wondering what ...