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Old 11-29-2005, 06:53 AM   #1
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At Seth Godin's blog I just read an interesting entry: No good home pages?.

Home pages being like book covers is something I hadn't thought of before. Having designed a number of book covers once upon a time, I'm now trying this idea on for size.

   
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Old 11-29-2005, 08:29 AM   #2
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I agree with him. The "home" page is the best place to sell product. It should be designed to catch the eye of the viewer and pursuade them that your product or service is just right for them. This has always been the rule for a home page; too little information or far too much clutter and another potential customer is probably lost.
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Old 11-29-2005, 11:34 AM   #3
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I agree with him. The "home" page is the best place to sell product. It should be designed to catch the eye of the viewer and pursuade them that your product or service is just right for them. This has always been the rule for a home page; too little information or far too much clutter and another potential customer is probably lost.
My pet hates are the home pages with a single graphic and an Enter link (what a waste!) and the over-cluttered page arrived at after an exhortation to 'go to our home page and click on such-and-such a link. It then takes 10 minutes of earnest reading to find the link, which is inevitably in pale blue text, and is hidden amongst four or more columns of text and jumping graphics.

One of the worst for clutter and hidden links is Go Daddy, especially the link to verify your contact details, which took me several returns to the e-mail instructions to find. But I put up with this rubbish from Go Daddy because their prices make it all worthwhile. I've just transferred my last .com domain name from MelbourneIT to Go Daddy. As an example of cost comparisons, MelbourneIT charge AUD90 a year to make a .com domain private. Go Daddy charge, I think, USD4.95. Current conversion rate is almost exactly 74 cents US to the Australian dollar. And they charge AUD 69.80 a year for registration, compared with USD6.95 with Go Daddy.

   
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Old 11-29-2005, 12:03 PM   #4
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My pet hates are the home pages with a single graphic and an Enter link (what a waste!)
I suppose they're trying to set a tone or put forward a specific image but you should be able do that without wasting people time that way.

   
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I suppose they're trying to set a tone or put forward a specific image but you should be able do that without wasting people time that way.
Yep. And when it's a Flash movie rather than a static image, with no means of bypassing the Flash, I'm out of there without even turning Flash on.

   
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Old 11-30-2005, 07:53 AM   #6
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I have to have a really strong interest to switch from Firefox (No flash) to Internet Explorer (Flash installed) so I can get to the real material. Political sites are particularly annoying in that regard.


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Yep. And when it's a Flash movie rather than a static image, with no means of bypassing the Flash, I'm out of there without even turning Flash on.
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I have to have a really strong interest to switch from Firefox (No flash) to Internet Explorer (Flash installed) so I can get to the real material. Political sites are particularly annoying in that regard.
The only browser here that has Flash installed is Opera because it doesn't give you the option not to install it (boo!). Fortunately, that Flash plugin is limited to Opera which is used for testing only (and if I really, really want to see Flash - very rarely).

My Win2000 installations are manual installs and I simply chose not to install Flash so my IE browsers don't have it. If you have a system with Windows pre-installed, that normally does include Flash (and hence has it activated in IE).

   
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I have to have a really strong interest to switch from Firefox (No flash) to Internet Explorer (Flash installed) so I can get to the real material. Political sites are particularly annoying in that regard.
I have flash installed in Firefox, but turned off. If I'm sufficiently curious, I can get the Flash to work by clicking on the triangle displayed instead.

   
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My pet hates are the home pages with a single graphic and an Enter link (what a waste!)
Mine, too. The chorus I sing with has such a page as a manual redirect to another domain where the actual site is set up. I don't have anything to do with the site, no powers to change a thing and no one's told me how our site came about, but I suspect the real site is the original and the main URL was snagged later, as an afterthought. I suspect the quickest way for these non-techies to get anything up there was to set up a site via someone's personal account somewhere and when the good domain was snagged later, they stuck the simple logo and "click here to enter" link there, so they'd not have to figure out how to move the entire thing to the new domain and/or pay for separate domain hosting.

I know, I know, there are easier or more efficient ways, but I'm new to this non-profit organization and am still learning the management structure and culture. It is not my place to suggest changes until I understand it all better.

   
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Why on earth didn't they just put in an automatic redirect? It's a single line of HTML, and there are hundreds of pages on the web to tell them how to do it.

   
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