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How to Create an Eye-Catching Homepage

Author: JLB

Published On: November 20, 2019

How to Create an Eye-Catching Homepage

You wouldn’t let your storefront get dirty, and you wouldn’t hang a poorly designed sign in your window. So why would you live with a bad website? SEO Overview

A poorly designed web site gives customers a bad first impression of your business. In fact, it may stop them from becoming your customers at all. In today’s digital world, an ugly website may be more damaging than an ugly storefront.

Quick Sprout, an online marketing company, gave statistics about the importance of web design:

  • 94% of negative feedback about websites is design related.
  • 38% of users will stop engaging with a website that has an unattractive layout.
  • After a bad experience, 88% of consumers are unlikely to return to a website.

In fact, Forester Research said that web design is the number one return on investment for digital marketing. And a big part of design is your homepage—the first thing customers see when they go to your site.

Here are some tips for creating an eye-catching homepage that will impress customers.

Consider your audience

Think about your audience as a character in a book. How would you describe them? The better you understand your audience, the better you’ll be able to attract them.

Be Minimalist

Minimalism has been a running trend for a while now, especially in website design. Don’t overwhelm visitors. You want to limit the number of elements on the screen such as tabs, pictures and text.

Use white space. There’s nothing worse than clicking on a website and seeing a wall of text. 

The Quick Sprout article linked above also recommends using short sentences and paragraphs. Notice that most of the paragraphs in this post are only one or two sentences.

You should also have a call to action instantly visible.

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Pay Attention to Color

Your color scheme is critical for web design. While there’s no simple formula for choosing the perfect colors, you’ll want to think carefully about the associations people have with different colors. If you’re primarily targeting men, you probably don’t want to make your website pink. 

Different colors evoke different feelings, so consider the message you want your color scheme to convey.

A lot of brands are primarily associated with one color. Target and Coca-Cola are red. Starbucks is green. JLB is orange. What color or colors do you want to be associated with your brand?

Convey With Clarity

According to Crazy Egg, a company co-founded by Neil Patel, your homepage needs to communicate your unique selling proposition. Visitors should “know what you do and what sets you apart from the competition.”

Increase Loading Speed

Even if your website looks beautiful, no one is going to see it if it takes too long to load. They’ll just get bored and click away.

Attention spans are getting shorter, and a half second delay could result in a substantial drop in traffic and sales.

You can increase the speed of your website through a content delivery network (CDN). Distance makes websites load slowly. If someone on the opposite side of the planet tries to visit your site, it will take longer for the signal to reach them.

CDNs solve this problem by storing parts of your site on servers around the planet. This reduces the distance the signals have to travel and increases the loading speed.

JLB will set up CDNs to increase your website’s speed for only $___.

Examples

One of the keys to web design is great photography or video. Take this site for example. It has a beautiful photo that takes up most of the screen.

The site is also simple. There are only five tabs at the top (with no boxes or decorations around them), one CTA in the center, and one social media link. It’s uncluttered and doesn’t ask you to do too many things.

A similar example is NissanStadium.com. While it’s not quite as minimal as Kings (and doesn’t need to be), it centers around a high quality video and has hardly any words above the fold.

They also both use a limited number of fonts, and the fonts they do use are simple, not messy ones that are impossible to read.

Also, look at this example. It’s simple and uses great, high quality video.

If you’re looking for expert web design to create an eye-catching homepage, click below to request a proposal. JLB is a Nashville web design company.

Many businesses have to use multiple vendors (up to 10) to make their website function. But JLB does it all—a one stop shop for hosting, SEO, web design, content, etc—all local in-house.

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“In the search of looking high and low for a Ecommerce website design firm, we came across JLB. They are now like a part of our family and strive to do all they can to take our sales and growth to a whole new level. We recommend JLB to everyone we come across looking for a solution to their website needs.”

 

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“JLB has been the driving force  that has launched our company into the media spotlight, gaining us publicity through a broad cross-section of business related media including new apps and interactive activity for our clients. We are moving forward with our second web design with JLB and will continue to make them part of our team.”

 

John, The Perch – Brentwood TN Web Design


“I started with JLB when they first opened fifteen years ago, when they redesigned a website for me.  They are my go-to company for anything to do with web sites. These guys are professional, talented, creative and an energetic team. I will always go to JLB first for my web design work. Thanks JLB.”

 

Phyllis, Carneros Winery – Nashville TN Web Design


We were having problems with our online brand and digital marketing. JLB was great. Worked through it with us, created an amazing presence and business is great. The staff at JLB is fantastic too. Friendly and always there for you.

 

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I and all of us at Sports & Entertainment Nashville TN have been thrilled with the website you guys did for us, and especially the professional service and communication you guys have shown.

 

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We interviewed several web design firms, but found that JLB’s talented team was the most creative, innovative, and professional. Choosing JLB has been a great decision! We are fortunate to have JLB be a part of the BMC Metalwork’s future as we continue to enhance our business.

 

Jimmy, BMC – Franklin TN Web Design


“There were a number of website design companies in Nashville that would have done an adequate job for our company. The difference was that JLB wanted to be our partner and has been for 11 years. STAR Physical Therapy has been blessed to have them as a teammate.”

 

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