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A home page (also written as homepage) is the main web page of a website.

The home page of the English Wikipedia in 2019

The term can also refer to one or more pages always shown in a web browser when the application starts up. In this case, it is also known as the start page.

Website home pageEdit

A home page is generally the main web page a visitor navigating to a website from a search engine will see, and it may also serve as a landing page to attract visitors.[1][2] The home page is used to facilitate navigation to other pages on the site by providing links to prioritized and recent articles and pages, and possibly a search box.[3] For example, a news website may present headlines and first paragraphs of top stories, with links to full articles.[4] Meanwhile, other websites use the home page to attract users to create an account. Once they are logged in, the home page may be redirected to their profile page. This may in turn be referred to as the "personal home page".[5]

A website may have multiple home pages. Wikipedia, for example, has a home page at wikipedia.org, as well as language-specific home pages, such as en.wikipedia.org and de.wikipedia.org. The Uniform Resource Locator (URL) of a home page is most often the base-level domain name, such as https://example.com.

In the past, common home page filenames were index.html or default.html.[6] Another convention was that if a home page was not created for a website, web servers would default to display a list of files located in the website's root directory.[7] These conventions are largely obsolete on the modern Web.[citation needed]

Browser home pageEdit

When a web browser is launched, it may automatically open at least one web page, sometimes referred to as a "start page". Start pages can be a website or a special browser page, such as thumbnails of frequently visited websites. Moreover, there is a niche market of websites intended to be used solely as start pages.[8]


  1. ^ "Home Page as Landing Page examples - Smart Insights Digital Marketing Advice". 2014-05-23. Retrieved 2016-07-01.
  2. ^ Campbell, Jennifer (2014). Web Design: Introductory. Cengage Learning. p. 76. ISBN 978-1-305-17627-0.
  3. ^ Jakob Nielsen (12 May 2002). "Top 10 Guidelines for Homepage Usability". nngroup.com. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  4. ^ Kalbach, James (2007). Designing Web Navigation. O'Reilly Media. p. 106. ISBN 978-0-596-55378-4.
  5. ^ Bell, Gavin (2009-09-17). Building Social Web Applications. "O'Reilly Media, Inc.". ISBN 9781449379414.
  6. ^ Boyce, Jim (2011). Windows 7 Bible. John Wiley & Sons. p. 318. ISBN 978-1-118-08127-3.
  7. ^ "How do I enable directory listings for a folder on my Web site?". tigertech.net. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  8. ^ Schofield, Jack (7 November 2013). "iGoogle: what are the best alternatives?". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 September 2014.