How to Make Your Homepage Flow

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1. Place your "appealing headline" below any banner or logo atrepparttar top ofrepparttar 134808 page. This isrepparttar 134809 headline that persuades your visitor to continue reading your homepage -- to spark their interest in your product or service. Write your headline to your target customer. The visitor should have no doubt about what kind of website he/she just entered.

If your purpose is to sell books, your headline should say something about books or a particular book that's very popular. This will insure your "targeted" potential customers that they are atrepparttar 134810 right site for what they're searching for. Visitors who aren't looking for books really aren't your customers, are they? You're letting them know up front that they're inrepparttar 134811 wrong website.

The reason for placing your headline below your logo or banner is because people tend to look atrepparttar 134812 "picture" first and then begin reading belowrepparttar 134813 picture.

2. Place a scroll bar or navigation bar atrepparttar 134814 right hand or left hand side of your homepage. A general rule of thumb is to place your scroll bar onrepparttar 134815 left hand side if your website is information based and you offer just one to three products. Place your scroll bar onrepparttar 134816 right hand side if your website is set up like a catalog offering many different products.

The scroll bar provides your visitor with options to move around within your website without crowdingrepparttar 134817 homepage. Your homepage should be an introduction to your website or your product or service, not your entire website. The information should be intriguing to your "target" visitor and leadrepparttar 134818 visitor torepparttar 134819 next page or to your desired response atrepparttar 134820 bottom ofrepparttar 134821 homepage.

3. Continue your homepage. Write to your visitor in a way that he/she can't wait to go torepparttar 134822 next page and continue. But don't stop there -- when your visitor gets torepparttar 134823 bottom, be sure to say "Go torepparttar 134824 Next Page Here..." or "Continue to Next Page...", something to persuade your visitor to gorepparttar 134825 next page. The ... always leaves a sense of continuance also!

Implement these three methods while designing your homepage to insure navigation ability for your visitors. Remember, your visitors can only turn into paying customers if you get a chance to make your presentation.

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The Background-Table Combo

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You can visit their website for a huge selection of free backgrounds available that you can use on your website.

You will saverepparttar background image to your hard driverepparttar 134807 same as you would any normal graphic image or clip art. Simply hold your mouse overrepparttar 134808 background image you would like to use, right-click your mouse, and click on "Save Background As". A screen will pop up for you to saverepparttar 134809 image to your hard drive. You can namerepparttar 134810 image whatever you would like with .gif beingrepparttar 134811 suffix.

Such as: mybackgroundimage.gif

Inserting Tables

Once your background image is in place, you may begin designing with tables.

Onrepparttar 134812 sample web page you viewed earlier, I inserted one table that was 730 Pixels in width first. I chose a color for my table that was complimentary torepparttar 134813 background, and then began typing.

Next, I created a second table withinrepparttar 134814 first table, and gave it two columns or "cells". I resizedrepparttar 134815 column or "cell" onrepparttar 134816 right to be only 20% ofrepparttar 134817 entire table width. This creates a sidebar navigation section onrepparttar 134818 right. I also colored this table white to distinguish it fromrepparttar 134819 rest ofrepparttar 134820 web page.

Please remember to insert your background image before beginning your design with tables. Some designers place a background image, and then begin their writing without tables. But, I recommend using tables forrepparttar 134821 simple fact that it helps you to organize your web pages and keeps everything in it's rightful place on your page when others are viewing it.

I hope you'll be able to accomplish many new looks with these simple little tips.

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