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  1. David Brewster wrote on

    I understood that the trend to longer ‘scrolling’ pages was largely to do with increased used of mobile devices. Problem is that ‘above the fold’ doesn’t mean much anymore when your page (hopefully responsive) changes shape from phone to tablet to desktop. In addition, scrolling is easier on a mobile device than clicking buttons. But that’s about the extent of my knowledge on the topic!

    1. Glenn Murray wrote on

      Ah, right. That may be. Not sure. But I’d suggest scrolling and info-overload on a mobile are even less desirable than on a desktop…

  2. Bek wrote on

    I think it may have something to do with mobile and tablet design- but then my issue with that is why create around one market? Why not have a website that works responsively (properly!) or elect to have a mobile version if that is what you need?

    The parallex love affair has every website looking the same.

    Plus, a lot of places don’t know how to do SEO properly when it comes to parallex, so there’s that.

    AND why oh why, in a world enamoured with A/B testing, are we now creating the bulk of our information on one page so we can’t test for relevancy or interest?

    I think it’ll go the way of auto play music, flash intro’s and novelty mish mash menus- straight to the “what was I thinking?” bin of 2016.

  3. Anna Butler wrote on

    I usually tell my clients that their home page is like the dust cover and ‘contents’ page of a book.

    It should have some kick-ass copy to entice the user to delve deeper into the site and also give the user an idea of what the site is about and where to find what they need. Instead of a chapter and corresponding page number, however, they would have a page title and hyperlink.

    And totally agree with Bek’s comments. She’s a smart cookie, that one.

  4. Matt Fenwick wrote on

    Oh my gosh yes.

    What you risk loosing with a long homepage is the gestalt. Many pages that go on for an eternity don’t give a clear statement up top about ‘this is what we do, and this is why that matters’. Whether that info appears above the fold or not, it should be sooner rather than later! Long homepages impose too much on visitors’ good graces, assuming that they’ll know there’s pure gold just a few more swipes away.

  5. Peter Wise wrote on

    A homepage needs a reasonable amount of copy to deliver your main message and to introduce the rest of the site.

    I sometimes have to persuade clients/their designers that you should have a decent introduction on the home page when they want no copy or just a line or two.

    Mind you, at the other extreme I did have one designer telling me recently that I should write at least 1,500 words for the homepage as “Google ranks longer really long pages better”. So never mind the quality, feel the length!

    I also have one client with a massive site who kept on and on adding copy, text boxes, gizmos, thumbnail pics, revolving banners and links to the homepage, which of course ended up being counter-productive. There was just too much going on, for both the visitor and Google. Once I persuaded him to simplify it he started getting better results.

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