5:2 Show All Major Options on the Homepage
Strength of Evidence:
Document Type: Guideline
Page Structure - Homepage
Present all major options on the homepage.
Users should not be required to click down to the second or third level to discover the full breadth of options on a Web site. Be selective about what is placed on the homepage, and make sure the options and links presented there are the most important ones on the site.
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Nielsen, J. & Tahir, M. (2002). Homepage Usability: 50 Sites Deconstructed. Indianapolis, IN: New Riders Publishing.
Nielsen, J. (2001b, July). Tagline blues: What’s the site about? Retrieved November 2005, from http://www.useit.com/alertbox/20010722.html.
All major topic areas and categories are presented at the homepage level.
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