When someone visits your website there it is right at the top – your header. Because of its location and prominence it can make or break a website experience. So what do you need to do in order to have the perfect header for your website? Here are some header essentials just for you:
1. A Clean, Easy to Read Image –
This used to be a bit trickier if you weren’t a design wiz. Either you’d hire a designer or you’d spends hours fumbling back and forth between Google and all sorts of online programs. However now thanks to Canva you can easily create your own header image. Be sure to keep it easy to read and simple.
2. An Uncluttered Menu –
First, be sure that your menu font is easy to read and if it isn’t change it ASAP. Then check that the navigation links (topics) are well spaced out and that you are only including the most important information. I suggest going back every year to revisit and revise this menu.
3. A Navigation Link to Your Home Page –
The very first navigation link in every menu should be a link back to your home page. This way no matter where your reader ends up on your site they can always easily find their way back to your home page with just the click of a button.
4. A Navigation Link to Your About Page –
Visitors to your site are curious about who you are and why you are blogging. Be sure to take the time to craft an About Page that will let your readers know who you are and what your purpose is. This will help them to feel more connected to you.
5. A Navigation Link to the Contact Form/Page –
From time to time readers, companies, etc. will want to get in contact with you and chances are if they have to search around forever for a way to do this they will give up. Make sure that you have a “Contact Me” navigation link so everyone will be able to easily find it at the top of your page.
6. A “Start Here” Navigation Link –
New readers, and those who are curious and want to look around your site, need a place to get started. Help them out by putting together a collection of your best work. Many people call this a “State Here” page so readers know exactly what it is. However, you can title it whatever you want. I have two – they are called Free Blogging/Social Media Resources and Free Run Coaching Resources.
Now go check out your website and see which of these header essentials you already have, and which ones you might need to add or update. (Put it on your to-do list.)
Let me know-
When was the last time you worked on your header?
Did you learn anything new from this?