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    design philosophy

    I've noticed that there appears to be two major design philosophies in web pages.
    1. A crowded home page with everything on it reflecting the belief that most visitors rarely go past the home page.
    2. A simple sparse clean design for the home page with perhaps a mission statement to tempt the visitor to go to the othe pages.

    I am wondering what the more experienced designers here favor.

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    I'm in camp #1.5. I try to keep my homepages simple, but offer enough compelling content (perhaps 2 to 3 paragraphs and a list of links) to keep the visitors clicking.

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    I guess I focus on a few things:

    1. Clear, and concise links with as few as possible covering major topics.
    2. Clean design not crowded where the eye can flow from element to element with ease.
    3. Quickness and optimization
    4. Guidance mechanism through the site (crumbs, site structure etc)

    Just my flavor, choose yours.

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    I'm with Vinnie on this one.

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    That's basicly what I meant for number 2.
    Quote Originally Posted by vgarcia
    I'm in camp #1.5. I try to keep my homepages simple, but offer enough compelling content (perhaps 2 to 3 paragraphs and a list of links) to keep the visitors clicking.

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    I think there are some sites in which No. 1 is the better answer such as ebay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerrynyc
    I think there are some sites in which No. 1 is the better answer such as ebay.
    Oh, no doubt! Portal sites like eBay, MSN, CNN, etc. are supposed to mimic a newspaper-style layout, which means as much up front as possible to keep you looking. Even your run of the mill eCommerce site should at least have a few featured products on the homepage to get a visitor's appetite for buying going. However, on your average content or corporate site (which is mostly what I do) it can be overkill.

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    I think the most important factor is the quality of the content. Today the Internet is getting a bad reputation in content confidence. If I can keep the users trusting in my site I will win.
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    What about the quality of the prose? I'm working on a site for some academicians that's filled with turgid prose. I am trying to suggest they hire someone with writing ability so as not to turn off visitors to their site.
    Quote Originally Posted by jamesxv7
    I think the most important factor is the quality of the content. Today the Internet is getting a bad reputation in content confidence. If I can keep the users trusting in my site I will win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerrynyc
    I think there are some sites in which No. 1 is the better answer such as ebay.
    I don't think I've *ever* used/clicked anything other than the search field on eBay's homepage. However, I'll often peruse through the bottom-of-the-page deals on Amazon's homepage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vgarcia
    I'm in camp #1.5. I try to keep my homepages simple, but offer enough compelling content (perhaps 2 to 3 paragraphs and a list of links) to keep the visitors clicking.
    i'd like to think i do the same, however i have a feeling i'm screwing it up on a daily basis..

    but I'm with you on this one, or the #2 as stated above...

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    I agree with vgarcia, 1.5

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    IMO - I think it depends on the site content. I try to keep things simple but at the same time show some complexity to what the site can do. Every site needs to be jotted on paper several times and maybe re-done to find the best style that works for that particular site as what works for one wont necessarily work on another.
    Slick!

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    It seems as if most responses favor "less is better rather" than "letting it all hang out" on the home page. I personally am a "less is better" but I've notice that no. 2 is very popular even at non-portal sites.


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