What is the best way to lay out my website?

This FAQ will help you to plan your website layout

Here we suggest a few ways that you can begin to plan the layout of your website, and being to add content to your pages.

When laying out your website, it’s important to have a plan. Take the time to work out the aim of the website; what pages you want to have; and what you want on those pages.

Each page should have a singular purpose and you should design your page to best facilitate that purpose.

A common set up for a beginner’s website is to have a home page, an about page, and a contact page.

Your home page should introduce your website – whether it’s your business or a personal website, if a visitor finds your website, the home page should immediately explain to the visitor who you are and what you do. How you do this is up to you, you could use text and images, or maybe a video.

An About Page is designed to give more information about you or your company. This will help you to build a relationship with your visitors, and allow them to further understand what it is that you do. For example, if you run a plumbing business, you could have the different type of jobs you are able to do or a list of qualifications you have earned. A portfolio website could include your CV or a list of your previous works or publications.

Your Contact page should be self-explanatory: this is how you get in contact with me. There are a number of ways you could do this; from having a simple email address, having a contact form, using a map widget to show where your physical locations are for if you have shops or a workshop.

Of course, all of this depends on the aims of your website. If your sole aim is to get people to contact you, then you may just want a one-page website, with your contact details front and centre.

Just remember, your page should have one purpose; how easy is it to do that purpose?