Three Ways to Enhance Your Homepage

Running a website on WordPress.com? Here are three ideas to help you ensure your homepage is doing all the heavy lifting.

Many people turn to WordPress.com to set up a website: either one that moves the blog from the homepage to showcase work in a different way, or off the site entirely to create a brochure site for their business. Today, we’ll look at three ways to make your homepage even more awesome.

(If you’re new to WordPress.com, welcome! Here’s some information about setting up a homepage on your site.)

Create a synopsis in your sidebar

textwidget When someone lands on your homepage, you have but a few seconds to help them understand precisely what your site is about. Text Widgets are a great way to display a few sentences that describe your site or your business offering, list your address and hours of operation, or even share a customer testimonial.

To add a Text Widget, go to Appearance → Widgets to drag the Text Widget into your sidebar and customize the text it contains.

Unleash the power of social media

fblikewidgetChances are, if you’re running a business, you already have a Facebook fan page to help reach out to customers and share information on new products, sales, and perhaps even do a little customer service or support. The Facebook like widget allows your site visitors to “like” your Facebook fan page, without leaving your website.

To add a Facebook like box, go to Appearance → Widgets and drag the Facebook like box Widget into your sidebar.

Not into Facebook? Why not give Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram a whirl?

Create a Custom Menu to help visitors navigate

If you’re running a business, or if you’ve chosen a website as a tactic to showcase your work, you’ll want to create a Custom Menu to help visitors navigate to the content they’re looking for. Your business site might have a page to list services, a contact page, and/or an about pages. Artists, authors, and musicians might consider adding pages to showcase their latest compositions, including paintings, drawings, prose, poetry, or songs.

custommenu

To create a Custom Menu, head to Appearance → Menus. Not sure if your theme supports Custom Menus? Check this handy list.

When it comes to customizing your homepage, let your imagination inspire you. Looking for a bit of help in getting these and other features implemented? Our Happiness Engineers can give you a boost.


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  1. David Bennett

    Good idea about the synopsis.

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  2. Laura Plumb

    Great ideas. Thank you!

    I am toying with the idea of shifting to wordpress.org so I can monetize my site. Can you tell me why that might be a better option?

    I have been all over your sites for discussions on this. Now I am ready to learn directly from the source.

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  3. A Girl With A Lot of Guts

    New at blogging so all the tips and advice are greatly appreciated!

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  4. amngilbert

    Is there an easy to understand synopsis of how to get started with the software instead of using the web? Does it cost to use the software?

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  5. photoproject365days

    Very helpful. Got some new ideas. Thanks.

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  6. HostessAtHeart

    When you visit a new blog, what makes the join widget automatically pop up? Maybe mine does that and I just don’t know it?

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  7. triciatallen

    Great post! I incorporated one of your suggestions, the synopsis in a sidebar. I wrote a poem I hope encapsulates what my blog is all about. I hope those who visit my blog find it useful.

    By the way, is it possible to place a link to my About Page at the end of the text widget?

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  8. rushbabe49

    I just added my first text widget. Can you have more than one?

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  9. Leslie Macchiarella

    I’ve got the custom menu going and FB widget etc but I hadn’t thought of a text widget. Great idea! Thanks.

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  10. urright2no

    Thanks. As always very helpful tips, always something to add a new dimension. I’m new at this, so I really appreciate all the great ideas.

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  11. anicaartphotography

    Very helpful for me too!

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  12. mistawitty

    The “Three Ways to Enhance Your Homepage” are concise. I find them very useful.

    And, I totally agree with David Bennett – the synopsis is indeed a great idea.

    I’ll put all three to use right away. Many thanks!

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  13. Patrick LEMARIE Consultant

    Thank you for your clear explanations.

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  14. Widdershins

    I keep forgetting to use Text Widgets … thanks for the reminder. :D

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  15. Craig Pay

    The synopsis is a great tip. I recently added one to my author website. An image also looks nice if you want to add a personal touch (though I hate photos of myself!).

    And if you know HTML you can add links to that synopsis. Feel free to click through my profile picture to my website for a look.

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  16. journeyblogger1

    Good idea about the synopsis, agreed. The text widgets definitely will help.

    Thanks

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  17. Helen

    Great idea about the synopsis. A really simple idea but one that will be really helpful for readers! Thank you :-)

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  18. Josiah Bayne

    Krista, you are a gem. Your help in the comments section has truly opened my eyes to the possibilities of wordpress. *Salute*

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  19. tnstey

    I totally agree about the social presence. It makes a huge difference as it gives a feeling of trust-worthiness if you have a lot of followers.

    By the way this post is on wordpress homepage, that is how i ended up here. Just thought you would like to know ;)

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  20. 1421art

    I am on image overload so the drag and drop text widget reminder is perfect timing. Thanks Ben!

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  21. Satusatuen

    Good idea. I will try the synopsis. Thanks for sharing a great post!

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