Evaluate your website against the following criteria:
1) Is it useful? With a bit of innovation, could it be more useful?
2) Is it usable? How's the navigation, can people find what they want and does it solve their problem?
3) Is it desirable? Are the images, identity, brand and emotional design sweet?
4) Is it findable? You're missing out if you've not got a tap off of Google's firehose of free traffic.
5) Is it accessible? What is the experience of a blind person on your site? (Truly)
6) Is it credible? Do people trust you?
7) Is it valuable (to you)? Are you making any money?
Do something about the problems you discover. Re-run the test regularly. >
The user is.
Users want what they want.
In your website homepage design, try to maintain a balance between push and pull.
Push is what we want to say. Pull is what the user wants from us.
If a homepage design is all push, lots of shouting for the attention of the user, their real needs reduced to a few words on a hidden-away menu, most visitors will simply leave.
A homepage that is all pull, perhaps just a simple text field and a question "what do you want?" might be an interesting art project but won't necessarily fill visitors with confidence.
So the best website homepage design should balance these elements in the page layout. Some push, marketing, sales stuff from you alongside plenty of opportunity for people to ignore you completely and click off on their own path, heading towards the web content of yours they really want.
Here's the curious thing. In web design we must push for pull. In other words, we must advocate for 'pull' content on the home page, and we must 'advertise' it on the page (perhaps with explanatory text).
That's theory. My web design reality is simply this. When I'm designing a website homepage, I want to know the most popular journeys people are on. If most people are coming to our football club website to find out the arrangements for the next fixture, I want to place that first.
I'll almost definitely want menu items in the navigation to be sorted by popularity.
So this tweak is to encourage you to fire up Google Analytics, see which pages of your website are most popular, and organise your new, well designed, user-focussed website homepage accordingly.
Take a look also at the most popular search phrases people used to find you, and check that they wouldn't be disappointed when they arrived on your home page (you can check the bounce rate, perhaps).
Thinking about it, that's not right. Google will have already done that. If they send you traffic from a particular search term and those people arrive and leave without interacting (ie. they bounce), Google won't send any more of those web enquirers to you.
So really, Google Analytics is only going to tell you for which search phrases Google thinks you are good enough to send people to (compared to your competitors).
If there are search keyphrases you want to be found for, and you're not being, it may not be your keyphrase density, or your backlinks. It might just be your bounce rate for those phrases, and a lack of pull on your home page.
Just a thought.
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