This is why, in fact, unfunnel recently launched a brand new home page design within the next two weeks.
It’s also part of our commitment to be agile in all things we do.
And while judging a startup business model by the look and usability of website homepage design is probably not the best way to evaluate an organization… well, it’s just what people do.
You’ll never get a second chance to make a first impression. And that’s why your homepage is undoubtedly one of the most important pages on your website.
If a new website visitor doesn’t like what they see after they come to your home page, the first reaction is to hit the “back” button.
Don’t let that happen!
So in case you missed it, here’s your chance to get one of this year’s most popular eBooks, The 30 Best Homepage Designs of 2016 and see how dozens for B2B marketers have put their best feet forward.
What makes a homepage brilliant, and not “blah?”
What Makes an Effective Website Homepage Design?
Each of the website homepage designs in this list utilize a combination of the following elements. Not all of them are perfect, but the best homepages get most of these website design elements right:
- Clearly answers “Who I am,” “What I do,” and/or “What can you (the visitor) do here.” If you’re a well-known brand or company (i.e. Coca Cola) you may be able to get away with not having to describe who you are and what you do; but the reality is, most businesses need to answer these questions so that each visitor knows they are in the “right place.” Steven Krugg sums it up best in his best-selling book, Don’t Make Me Think. If visitors can’t identify what it is you do within seconds, they won’t stick around long.
- Resonates with your target audience. A homepage needs to be narrowly focused — speaking to the right people in their language. The best homepages avoid what Hubspot calls the “corporate gobbledygook” – we call it Corp-Speak (or “CS” in the biz, yeah!) and just eliminate the fluff.
- Compelling value-proposition. When a visitor arrives on your homepage, it needs to compel them to stick around. The homepage is the best place to nail your value proposition so that prospects choose to stay on your website and not navigate to your competitors.
- Usability and mobility. All the homepages listed here are highly usable, meaning they are easy to navigate and there aren’t “flashy” objects that get in the way of browsing, such as flash banners, animations, pop-ups, or overly-complicated and unnecessary elements. Many of them are also mobile-optimized, which is an incredibly important must-have in today’s mobile world.
- Calls-to-action (CTAs). Every homepage listed here effectively uses primary and secondary calls-to-action in order to direct visitors to the next logical step. Examples include “Free Trial,” “Schedule a Demo,” “Buy Now,” or “Learn More.” Remember, the goal of a homepage is to compel visitors to dig deeper into your website and move them further down the conversion “funnel” (or so it’s been incorrectly labeled). Calls-to-Action tell users what to do next so they don’t get overwhelmed or lost. More importantly, CTA’s turn your homepage into a sales or lead-generation engine, and not just brochure-wear.
- Always changing. The best homepages aren’t always static. Some of them, like Whitehouse.gov, are constantly changing to reflect the needs, problems, and questions of their visitors. Some homepages also change from A/B testing or dynamic content.
- Great overall design. A well-designed page is important to building trust, communicating value, and navigating visitors to the next step. As such, these homepages effectively use layout, CTA placement, white space, colors, fonts, and other supporting elements.
Flip through these 54 examples of brilliant homepage design to inspire your own website design strategy.