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5:2 Show All Major Options on the Homepage

Relative Importance:

Relative Importance rating of 5 out of 5

Strength of Evidence:

Strength of Evidence rating of 2 out of 5

Document Type: Guideline


Topic:

Page Structure - Homepage


Guideline:

Present all major options on the homepage.


Comments:

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.


Sources:

  • Farkas, D.K. & Farkas, J.B. (2000). Guidelines for designing web navigation. Technical Communication, 47(3), 341-358.
  • Koyani, S.J. (2001a, April). Cancer mortality maps and graphs Web site. National Cancer Institute, Communication Technologies Branch. Retrieved November 2005, from http://www3.cancer.gov/atlasplus/.
  • 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.

Good Example:

All major topic areas and categories are presented at the homepage level.

05_02_good_example