4. A core part of the Magento homepage template
If you delete the header and footer, what’s left is the actual content of your Magento homepage design template. Although it doesn’t have a semantic tag, we’re going to call it “main” for more natural organizational purposes
The content of the homepage is vibrant and varies from site to site, but usually falls into a few usual categories:
- Hero’s content,
- Promote groups,
- Promote goods,
- Sales/Special Deals & the like,
- Value proposals & exclusive points of sale,
- Additional materials, such as blogs, guides, testimonials, etc.
Both of these elements can give the customer a clear idea of what your store is. Misinterpretation of the kind of store may be dangerous as consumers are not searching for a kind of product they do not believe the website would bring. This results in a loss of revenue and a high bounce and exit rate, so it is important to maintain a large range of categories and various product types on the homepage. A quick glance over the homepage should show the variety of the store.
Hero sections are very popular these days, but if they’re not done properly, they easily become homepage pitfalls. The most popular scenario for why this happens is the “illusion of completeness” problem. It’s a situation where the material of the hero populates the entire viewport of the customer’s window.
Typically, this is a static picture with some text and often a call to action button. This kind of design trend leads consumers to assume that they’ve seen everything on the page. They also miss the majority of the contents of the homepage because they feel like there’s only one button to press or exit the site because they don’t have an information scent.
There’s never enough of that single button.
Alongside a single image, the common feature contained in hero sections is a carousel of pictures. Most of the customers can see a few slides, but don’t expect to see them all. We may presume that only the first slide would have a number of views similar to the pageviews, so consumers are likely to scroll down quickly.
It’s easy to infer that the first slide is the most significant. Placing vital information inside the carousel should be avoided since it is possible that many people will not be able to see it. If the essential information is stored in the carousel, it should also be put somewhere on the website to make sure it is discoverable.
Control of slides
It’s still hard to find the right time for carousels. The best chance is to perform a short usability test or just keep it unchanged and let customers change the slide when they’re ready. Don’t just focus on the little dots we sometimes see used to navigate the carousel. They blend easily with the context, are difficult to click on, and are often hard to notice.
On the smartphone, the carousel should react to the movement of the finger slide. On larger screens, larger goals (such as large icons or a list of items) make it much easier to navigate the carousel.
Promoted categories and goods
Some are tempted to use just a few rows of items, but this is not a recommended strategy. Featuring only curated items on the homepage, it narrows down the visual presentation of the catalog collection that the store holds. This is particularly a matter of concern if the store offers a variety of goods and does not include all types of products.
Based on a quick page overview, the consumer may conclude that the store does not carry any of the products that they are interested in and leave. A much easier solution is to combine categories of products to ensure the depth of the catalog and the variety of products is understandable to consumers.
A common approach is to view the main navigation and some essential subcategories on the contents of the home page. This is perfect if category browsing is an important product discovery strategy for the target market (such as the fashion industry) rather than a search strategy. Unlike main navigation, the content categories on the homepage have far more freedom of choice and visual appearance. They can be promoted using pictures, various text types, icons, and more.
Another common approach is the use of “inspirational” (thematic) routes. This is ideal for consumers who come to discover or look for thematically-oriented items (such as Valentine’s Day Gifts) and need some inspiration or guidance for purchase. When using thematic categories, bear in mind that they can only be used as an extension to standard categories. Customers who know what kind of items they are searching for would not be able to find them in thematic groups.
When displaying products on the homepage, also ensure that products from various categories are displayed to assist in the presentation of different product ranges. Don’t focus exclusively on goods that you might find appealing, those that have a higher profit margin, or those that don’t sell well, but you’d like them to. Featuring isn’t a guarantee they’re going to sell. Run frequent tests of this segment, particularly if you run a wide range of products because it’s hard to pick the products that customers would be interested in. This section is frequently skipped in many stores.
Check your analytics for goods that people scan and purchase and combine with industry trends and products that you might want to feature for whatever business purpose you have.
Proposed value & exclusive selling points
As customers land on your Magento store’s homepage, they begin to form their view of the store. They need answers to questions such as:
- What is the variety of items that the store carries?
- How are they going to benefit from shopping here rather than elsewhere?
Various types of value proposals or specific points of sale can be used to respond to the second. These may be anything from short sentences to more in-depth explanations. The idea behind it is to boost perceived value, to set standards, and to create trust or relevance.
Few tips for building a value proposition:
- It ought to speak to your market,
- It ought to be special,
- It should be quick to understand.
Additional materials, such as blogs, testimonials, reviews, etc.
Additional content adds value to the perceived value. You may generate more content to engage future customers and add fresh content to the search engines.
Having a blog, for example, makes you an industry expert. It benefits your SEO because it creates more content and creates a community. It also helps develop brand loyalty and promotes social media marketing activities. You might claim it’s a free marketing tool.
In the same way, testimonials, like product reviews, drive conversions, and support SEO. They are convincing because they have social evidence – a psychological phenomenon focused on the premise that people are more inclined to imitate the behavior of others. Social evidence helps by exploiting current customers to sell to prospective customers, and 61 percent of customers read feedback before buying.
We discussed the basic approaches to the design of the Magento homepage. Hopefully, we’ve given you some ideas about how to enhance your user experience by modifying and adding new content to your homepage.