Great to see you reading this - it just means that you're convinced about the need for a homepage and have decided to create your own homepage! The first step in creating your own homepage is deciding what you want to put on it - and that often depends on the purpose you're making your homepage in the first place:
If you are making a personal homepage, you may want to talk about yourself - where you're from, what you do, what you like, your favourite games / hobbies. You could put up a picture of yourself, and some voice clips so that visitors to your page can also see and hear you, but more about that later. You could use your homepage to talk about an issue you feel strongly about - from the environment, to a disability you suffer from.
If you want to put your business on the Internet, you need to start off with your company name, logo, what the company does, and your contact details. You could even showcase your products on your homepage so that people can see what you have to offer them, and maybe even contact you to buy those products!
Ever thought about putting your school or college on the Net? Or how about that non-profit organistation you dedicate a few hours every week for? If you're making your school / college homepage, you could tell prospective students what your college has to offer - courses, faculty, activities, maybe even maintain a list of alumni for ex-students to get in touch with each other. Non-profit organisations can use the Net to inform people about their activities, solicit help (be it money or time), and even reach out to people who need their help.
Whatever the use you put your homepage to, keep the following points in mind while writing content for your homepage:
- Think of why you would spend time on someone else's page. Because it has something interesting, or has some useful information or service to offer, right? Keep that in mind when you're creating content for your homepage. Remember that while a surfer is on the Net he has a radio station - WIIFM - playing in his mind. (WIIFM - What's In It For Me?)
- Keep it short, simple and easy to read. The beauty of HTML (our next topic) is that it allows you to link related material and files together. This allows you to provide information in brief, and gives the surfer the choice of clicking for more information on topics that interest him.
- Break the text / information on your homepage into small chunks that the reader can easily digest and not strain his eyes. Leave blank lines between paragraphs to make your page more readable (this page itself is a good example).
- Keep your webpages below 25 Kb (including graphics), and ensure that the surfer gets to see some text within 30 seconds.
- Put links to other websites - useful ones, websites that have related content to your topic, your favourite ones, unique ones... This shows your visitors useful sites he may never have heard of otherwise.
Jazz It Up
Tazos collection page
A page created showing a tazos collection
Learning Disabled Kids Support (India)
Support page created by Jason, who is learning disabled himself.
A business page showcasing their products and details.
Website of Bombay's top management college
Child Relief & You
Non-Profit organisation online