The key to success in most aspects of web design is consistency and familiarity. If your audience can instantly click with your website and feel comfortable you are already onto a winner. There are five pages that you must have on your website for it to be able to click with the audience and to really get the ball rolling.
First of all, the audience must be able to contact you in some way shape or form. So it is one hundred percent essential that there is a “Contact Us”, “Contact Me”, “Get in Touch” or whatever you would like to call it page definitely on your website. If not, for a business this could mean fall in sales and/or customer satisfaction. For the hobbyist, it could again mean a fall in customers. Having a contact details page just generally makes the website look tidier and more professional, as well as more trustworthy.
Another essential page that you should not be missing is a portfolio or example page. This is equally as valuable as any page you will have on your website. It will give the audience a detailed look at what you are all about and they can see for themselves what you are capable of. It is all very well having thousands of lines of text explaining your products/images/art etc. but if the audience cannot see what they are looking
It will also be worthwhile for there to be an “About Us” page, this will be able to give the reader an insight into what you do and why you do it. It’s always a good idea to have a page like this on your website because it will show passion and that make your website seem a lot more ‘realistic’.
As with most things, first impressions count. Your website will need a clear homepage with straight forward navigation. It is important to bear in mind that that website will be used for different purposes, some members of the audience will be browsing, some will visit the website for a precise purpose or intention. A good homepage will accommodate the needs of all types of audience, through having clear links to other sections of the website, or by having brief almost summarised sections of other pages on the site so the audience can see whether your website has what the audience needs. An attractive, simple and clear homepage will also prevent the audience from misunderstanding the website, which could lead to them clicking off and going somewhere else.
To wrap things up, the pages that you'll need on your website are the simple pages that allow the audience to quickly see what the website is all about in one glance, but can also allow the audience to look in more detail at the website throughout the different pages. It is also important to not overcrowd your website with too many pages, this will make it more complex and hard to navigate, a good website is easy to navigate and simple.