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    Are "Home" links dead?

    I was wondering what everyone here thinks about this. When people first started designing for the web they would usually have a "Home" link back to their main page. More and more it seems sites have gone away from this ad just link to their main page via their logo. What does everyone think about this? Do you still include home links or just use the logo to direct users back home?
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    I still have a home link, either at a top corner or on the nav menu. Logo is of course linked back to the homepage. Most people don't know that the logo is a link.
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    Making the logo a link to the main page is a common practice, and I think it's a good idea. However, there is usually nothing that visually indicates that the logo is a link, and people who aren't 'Net savvy may not be aware of this common practice. Therefore I think you should use a regular text link, too.

    If, for some reason, it's 'one or the other,' I'd use the text link.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AutisticCuckoo
    Making the logo a link to the main page is a common practice, and I think it's a good idea. However, there is usually nothing that visually indicates that the logo is a link, and people who aren't 'Net savvy may not be aware of this common practice. Therefore I think you should use a regular text link, too.

    If, for some reason, it's 'one or the other,' I'd use the text link.
    I agree. When no text link can be found, the user is forced to take a guess, this guess being that the way to reach the main page is through the logo. For a few seconds, he is focused on the modus operandi of your website and navigational system, which he should not have to worry about (Usability 101).

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    I have a home.

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    I like to think my websites are less generic than that. No home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j0n
    I like to think my websites are less generic than that. No home.
    Very cutting-edge. How do users reach your website's main page?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tetsuo shima
    For a few seconds, he is focused on the modus operandi of your website and navigational system, which he should not have to worry about (Usability 101).
    Yes, in the immortal words of Steve Krug: 'Don't make me think!'
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    It is the standard and people expect so I do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AutisticCuckoo
    Yes, in the immortal words of Steve Krug: 'Don't make me think!'
    Off Topic:


    I had the same quote, but from Homer Simpson.


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    Quote Originally Posted by xhtmlcoder
    I have a home.
    I live in a home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AutisticCuckoo
    Making the logo a link to the main page is a common practice, and I think it's a good idea. However, there is usually nothing that visually indicates that the logo is a link, and people who aren't 'Net savvy may not be aware of this common practice. Therefore I think you should use a regular text link, too.

    If, for some reason, it's 'one or the other,' I'd use the text link.
    I think you hit the nail right on the head there, Tommy.

    I always use both:
    - The logo link since I know myself just how annoying it is NOT to be able to click the logo if you're used to it.
    - The "real" home link as the main page is as much a page "of its own" as any other page on my site, and therefore make perfect sense to put in a menu.
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    not sure but by not having a text home link you may not be complying with web standards for accessability as screen readers may not be able to see it and everyone will get lost .

    Besides it takes my mum hours to even get a webpage to come up so there is no way she is going to realise she has to click a picture to get back to the homepage. Suppose it depends whether you want my mum to read your webpages or not, your choice
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noppy
    not sure but by not having a text home link you may not be complying with web standards for accessability as screen readers may not be able to see it and everyone will get lost .
    I beg to differ...
    HTML Code:
    <h1><a href="/" title="Home"><img src="/logo.jpg" alt="Company Name"/></a></h1>
    With images disabled, it displays as regular "My company" linked text. No accessibility problems there really.

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    fair point although what about people with poor eye sight generally as an alt/title can't be made bigger with VIEW - TEXTSIZE (in IE at least). They may find it difficult to read the tiny little tag on mouseover. Just a thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vgarcia
    I beg to differ...
    HTML Code:
    <h1><a href="/" title="Home"><img src="/logo.jpg" alt="Company Name"/></a></h1>
    With images disabled, it displays as regular "My company" linked text. No accessibility problems there really.
    most screenreaders (JAWS incl.) don't read out title attributes by default.
    I still use text links everywhere.
    Last edited by peach; Jan 12, 2006 at 15:00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vgarcia
    I beg to differ...
    HTML Code:
    <h1><a href="/" title="Home"><img src="/logo.jpg" alt="Company Name"/></a></h1>
    With images disabled, it displays as regular "My company" linked text. No accessibility problems there really.
    It's a very good exemple, but I am not sure that the <h1> tag should be used for the logo. I tend to use it so the text within matches the content of the page. I also have different keywords for each <h1> tag (better for SEO). In terms of hierarchy, the logo should not be at the very top of the content.

    just my $0.02

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    Quote Originally Posted by peach
    most screenreaders (JAWS incl.) don't read out title tags by default.
    I still use text links everywhere.
    You mean title attributes?
    But they get alt attributes. So we're safe.

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    I try to provide both options just to make it as obvious as possible.


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    Randomly I inspected a few large sites to see what their choices are. The following sites use logos only to link back (as far as I can see there was no "Home" link anywhere -- please tell me if I missed the link).
    www.bestbuy.Com
    www.sitepoint.Com
    www.amazon.Com
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    When I visit a web site I don't want to search for a return link to the main page if I leave it.

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    I like amazon's tabbed approach. That makes it fairly obvious, in my opinion. Still, on any sites I've done in the past, I use both link and logo.

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    I abuse breadcrumb navigation everywhere I can, so I have to have a home link.

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    Your poll is flawed. You need an option for "I use both" and also an option for "I use neither"

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    I believe a HOME link as part of the nav system (whatever that is) is a vital tool for visitors to quickly and easily get back to the a 'starting point' or website entry - particularly necessary because there is a good chance they may have entered the site from a search engine link or other link that may have dumped them somewhere in the middle of the site's content.

    A HOME link, as part of the NAV system, is a consistent way to always give visitors a fast and easy way to say "go directly to where you want me to start... do not pass go, do not collect $200".

    I use a logo link only site to take people to an advertising message or splash page... which in turns links to the HOME page.

    - michael

    NOTE: Amazon doesn't have a HOME link when you are on the home page, but as soon as you navigate to another page the NAV system at the bottom displays an "Amazon.com Home" link. And It's not entirely fair to say that SitePoint doesn't have a "home' link - because it actually has one home link for each of it's FOUR home pages: ARTICLES, BOOKS, BLOGS, FORUMS.
    Last edited by michael - ohio; Jan 12, 2006 at 14:12. Reason: addition


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