Design & Prototype Your Home Page
Your Home Page is the first impression for everyone who comes to your site. This is your opportunity to tell your story by presenting key services and programs and/or to direct your audience to specific information.
When designing your Home Page consider the following:
- Top Level Site Map Areas
- Target Audience
- Key Organizational Objectives
Build a list of information that needs to be on the Home Page considering the following factors:
Type of information:
Promotional (Highlighting particular program or service), News, Story, Profile, Access to Tools or Services, Current Events
- Is the information cyclical based on the academic calendar or other timing?
- Does the relevance of the information diminish over time? (e.g., news articles that need to be refreshed with newer ones)
- Does the information need to be permanently available on the Home Page?
- What size display/prominence is needed? Large, Medium, Small
- Use the Carousel to display a dynamic set of prominent information to draw your audience in deeper.
- Use one of the news display areas to highlight current news, stories and activities.
- Use the events calendar to display a calendar of relevant current events. You may choose to display a particular category or your entire calendar.
- Use smaller display areas above or below the calendar to display items which will remain on the page permanently or semi-permanently.