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What's your view?

Discussion in 'Website Design Forum:' started by red tiger, Jun 20, 2011.


Are Choices at the Splash Page a good thing?

  1. Yes

    0 vote(s)
  2. No

  1. red tiger

    red tiger Member

    Hello all - long time!

    I'm developing a web concept for a client at the moment, and I'm wondering whether to take a 'Choice at Splash' approach to it. I know this hasn't been done for years so was wondering your opinions?

    By this I mean presenting the User with two choices when they visit the site; One option for quick viewing where you get a simple design and all the facts, or the Full Experience option where you get all the animation and lovliness.

    Appreciate your thoughts!

  2. DWildish

    DWildish Member

  3. red tiger

    red tiger Member

    Thanks Ooy - I think choices can be good things when done right, but they can hinder movements and suck up the all-important 3 seconds. I think maybe you could take a different tact with yours - such as "...if you're starting something new" / "...if you're revamping something existing"
  4. dedwardp

    dedwardp Member

    I think it depends on the context but, generally, I find them a bit frustrating. There is often no need for them and no reason why the alternative link can't be placed somewhere on the main page but, again, that can depend.
  5. red tiger

    red tiger Member

    dedwardp - good to see you in Colchester, that's where I'm based!
  6. dedwardp

    dedwardp Member

    Ah, I like Mersea! Though there's too many dogs down by the sea front haha.
  7. red tiger

    red tiger Member

    Pah, you're dogist! My Instagram feed is littered with pictures of my dogs, just to annoy people like you :p
  8. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    personally I like a simple enough layout to see the important stuff quickly but it also allows you to expand it to give you more in depth features etc. I know it's not always the easiest thing to do but it would likely be better for the seo side of things too.
  9. Chris Lord

    Chris Lord Senior Member

    From what I think you're describing, I would probably find a happy medium between the two. If the content of your site needs to be viewed on a purely basic level, then it probably isn't fitting that you design the site to be all singing and dancing.
  10. philjohns

    philjohns Senior Member

    Generally I'd say no, and generally - I'd even go as far as saying that splash pages aren't a good idea!

    I can understand them for big companies, maybe choices for the EU website, America website or language specific website.

    Generally when I visit a website with a splash page I'll be bored within 3 seconds... unless it is EXTREMELY interesting and 100% relative to the business that I'm looking for
  11. mrp2049

    mrp2049 Senior Member

    I've been working on sites in English and Italian, despite the fact that I have coded in a switch over, I still think the choose your language splash page is a must.

    I've done a site for a band recently, splash page was just to break things up, go straight to gigs, shop or continue to full site. Didn't agree with it, but its what they wanted.

    I guess it can work, but generally, if there is no reason, skip it, as most people will want to! Just think back 10 years and remember all those infuriating flash animations on the index.html, basically blocking you from the site!
  12. Jimlad

    Jimlad Well-Known Member

    Do you like listening to options on the phone before talking to the person you wanted to talk to?

  13. C Fresh Design

    C Fresh Design Junior Member

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