Jimdo users are an adventurous bunch. As early adopters of web design trends, you're probably well acquainted with one page websites. And it’s easy to see why everyone is smitten with this popular new kid on the block.
One page websites are an excellent option for many different types of websites but they’re not a perfect, one-size-fits-all solution.
Is a One Page Website Right For You?Before you create a one page website, make sure it’s the best option for your project or business. Here are some tips on how to decide if a one page website is right for you.
When to Choose a One Page WebsiteOne page websites are a fantastic choice if you don’t have a ton of content or if your content is closely related, for example:
- Personal portfolios
- Small business that sells only a few products or a service
- Single product ecommerce site
- Campaign-specific landing page
- Freelancer or resume page
- One time events (such as weddings and conferences)
When Not to Choose a One Page WebsiteIf your website is content heavy, complex, or has tons of information, a one page website isn’t a good choice. Like a pair of bell bottom jeans, one page websites aren’t right for everyone.
How to Create a One Page WebsiteYou’ve decided a one page website is perfect for your website needs. Now what? Let's learn about the best templates for one page websites, and 5 tips for designing a beautiful one.
Best Templates for One Page WebsitesOne of the very first steps in creating a one page website is choosing a template. Since it takes a bit of skill to decide which template would be the best suited for one page websites, we've provided you with a list of our top 5 templates that create stunning one page websites.
5 Tips for Designing a Beautiful One Page Website
1. Keep it simplePresentation is key to creating a successful one page website. The most important thing to remember is that less is more. Before you create your site, think about your main message. Then make sure your text is easy to read and your content is short and to the point.
When visitors arrive at your website, they want to find essential information right away. Visitors shouldn’t waste any time finding your contact information or About summary. In order to do this, prioritize and remove any extraneous information. An easy way to do this is to think about how your audience reads and processes information. What essential information will they be looking for? Does your key content answer the 5 W's: Who, What, Why, When, and Where.
We know that more than half of web visitors spend fewer than 15 seconds on a site. Why not give yourself 15 seconds to skim through your website. Was the essential information easy to find? Was your message clear? Are you interested in staying on the site to read more?
2. Set up a logical layoutWe live in an instant society. To create an effortless reading experience, plan and conceptualize how you want to structure your content. Make each piece of content count by dividing your content into logical sections so users can easily find what they’re looking for.
One way to structure your website like a professional is to follow the cone principle. Important information should be at the top of your website, like what your website is all about. Then, gradually drill down to the more specific, supporting information. For example, say you're creating a wedding website. The most important information—who is getting married and when and where is the ceremony taking place—should be at the top of your website. The less important information, such as the registry, is at the bottom of the page. Here's an example of how to arrange your one page site:
Here are some of the best ways to differentiate each section of your one page website:
- Choose a different background color for each section. Check out our step-by-step guide on how to select and upload colored backgrounds for each section.
- Create individual Headers for each section.
- Use the Columns Element to break up large blocks of text. You can also create white space to left or right of a block of text. Why not mix up the structure for each section to make it more visually appealing? One section could have 3 Columns, and another 2 Columns.
- Add a photo or slideshow with the Photo Element to break up text.
- Use horizontal lines with spacing elements above and below to separate sections
- Have ample white space between each section.
- Activate the Back to Top button in the settings so users can easily jump back to the top of the page to access the navigation again. (This isn't an issue if you're using a template with a fixed navigation—like Malaga or Rome—where the menu stays visible still even while you scroll down the page.)
How can you check your website has a logical layout? Ask a friend or family member to ‘test’ your website.
3. Strengthen your story with multimediaDid you know that 65% of us are visual learners? As visual creatures, one of the best ways to get your story across is through visual content. No matter how brilliant your text is, if you don't break up long text with multimedia, readers will quickly lose interest. Enrich your text with photos, videos, and slideshows to captivate and inform your readers.
- Images: Beautiful images are an essential part of creating a stunning one page website. Invest in some eye-catching, high-quality photos and you’ll be sure to make the perfect first impression on readers. Striking images set the mood, reflect your brand, and make readers more inclined to stay on your website. Learn how to take awesome professional product photos. Struggling to find good photos? Check out some of our favorite resources for royalty-free stock images.
- Video: If pictures are worth a thousand words, video is like a million! Viewers spend 100% more time on website with videos. Video is one of the easiest ways to make your content more engaging. Take a look at this post on how to create a DIY video.
- Slideshows: Looking for a visually striking way to display your multiple images? Slideshows are the perfect way to keep your readers engaged by featuring multiple images.
4. Create an easy-to-use navigationEven though users can simply scroll through your site, you still need to have a navigation to keep your website user-friendly. Navigation steers people to where they can find specific information about your product or service. Instead of taking your visitors to other pages of your website, you can set your Navigation to jump to different points on the same website by using anchor links. Check out our helpful tutorial on how create a clear navigation for your site.
JimdoPro and Jimdo Business users can add anchor links directly to the standard built-in navigation of their websites. To do this, select the external link option and type in the name of your anchor like this: /#about. This will allow you to turn any Jimdo template into a one page website.
With a one page website, it’s important to keep your navigation simple. See a trend here? Think again about those 5 W's and what navigation links are essential to create a clear website. Don’t redirect your audience to external websites in your navigation. It’s too confusing and they might assume it’s a wrong link. If you do need to redirect users to external sites, use icons to let users know where they’re being redirected to.
5. Develop strong calls to actionWe often talk about how important it is to design your homepage with strong call-to-actions, so that your visitors know exactly where to go next. One page websites are no exception.
Think about all those times you’ve signed up for things online. Have you ever signed up for a newsletter? Downloaded iTunes or Dropbox? All of these ‘sign ups’ came about because the website created a persuasive call to action. Think about what you want you reader to do and how you can prompt them to take that action with an effective call to action.
Looking for a fantastic step-by-step guide on how to create a one page website? Check out our awesome Support Center tutorial.
We hope these tips have inspired you to make a beautiful one page website! Do you have your own special tips for creating a one page website? Any questions? Leave a comment and let us know.
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Laura joined Jimdo to create fresh and fun content for the blog, newsletter, and social media. In her previous work, she worked as a copywriter and managing editor for several educational and children’s book publishers. When Laura isn’t researching blog post ideas, you can find her strolling in the StadtPark with her husband, reading Young-adult fiction, or ‘dancing’ at a Zumba class.