If you use the web often, no doubt you must have come across websites with several pages. Many of them would usually have a navigation menu with links that lead to each of these pages. However, these websites although seeming normal at first might begin to feel complex when compared to one-page websites.
A one-page website is a site that presents every content on the website on a single page. So, assuming you owned a business and created a single page website for it, your “about us”, “contact us”, “services” content, all your content, will all be on a single long page. Rather than a dedicated page for each content category, you’ll have dedicated sections for each of them on a single page.
And instead of only using links on a navigation menu to read through your website, you could simply scroll through the single page to view your website content.
If you intend to create a website and you’re not sure whether to create a traditional multi-page website or a one-page website, you should keep reading. In this article, we will discuss when you should use and how to create a one-page website.
Let’s start with the When.
When To Use a One-Page Website
Multi-page websites have their advantages and are still great to use. In fact, if the content of a website is relatively large, a multi-page website might be the only and perfect solution. However, you might not have a large amount of content to show to your visitors. If all your visitors need to see is important information such as your contact information, then a one-page website is the one for you.
In the world of web design, less is more! What this simply means is that the less content you display on your website, the more user-friendly your website would be. Using a single-page website provides simplicity to your users and ease of maintenance to you. Because your entire website content is on a single page, your visitors can find the information they need easily and in a short time. Also, a relatively small amount of content also means a relatively small amount of content to modify or design to revamp.
So, in summary, you should use a single-page website when you need to showcase only important information that your visitors need.
Now that we know when to use a one-page website, let’s help you create your one-page website.
How to Create a One-page Website
Creating a one-page website is fairly easy. To create one, you’ll need four things.
You’ll need a;
- Domain name
- Web hosting plan
- One-page template
Getting a Domain Name: In simple terms, a domain name (e.g. yourblogname.com) is the address to where your website is located on the web. Just like your home has an address, your domain name is the address to your website’s storage location on the web.
First, you have to choose and register a domain name. When doing so, you might find that your first choice of name might have been registered by someone else. You can check the availability of a domain name with any domain registrar of your choosing.
If your domain name is available, however, hurray! You can move on to the section. On the other hand, if your chosen domain name has been taken, keep reading. There’s no need to panic if your domain name has been taken. You can try modifying it by adding words to it. An easy way to do that is impossibility.org.
Impossibility.org is a domain name generator that helps you add random words to your chosen name. You could choose whether to add random verbs, nouns or adjectives at the beginning or at the end of your chosen name. Now you can find an available domain name and register it.
Web Hosting Plan: If your domain name is your address, then your web host is your home. You need somewhere on the web to save the contents of your website and these storage spaces are provided by web hosting service providers. There are quite a number of web hosting service providers and they all offer different plans at different prices. Different people will have different reasons why they prefer a particular one, you should, therefore, review several web hosting providers before making a choice.
WordPress: WordPress is an open-source content management system that can be used to create powerful and beautiful websites and blogs. In fact, WordPress is used by many reputable brands to manage their websites.
WordPress can be installed on just about any web host. After choosing and registering with a web hosting service provider, they’ll walk you through installing WordPress on your host. This could be through a very detailed guide or with the help of a customer support representative. After installing WordPress on your host, you need a one-page WordPress theme.
Choosing a WordPress Theme: A theme defines the feel and overall look of your website and there are tons of them. If you search through themeforest.net for the term “one-page WordPress themes”, you’ll find quite a number of themes in your search result.
This might make it a little difficult for you to decide which one-page WordPress theme is most suitable for your website. To make choosing a one-page WordPress theme and creating your website easy for you, we have outlined the following 3 steps.
- Determine Your Website’s Goal
What is the goal of your website? We mentioned earlier that one of the purposes of using a one-page website is the simplicity it provides to your users. This means your content has to be precise and your website has to show this. So again, what is your website’s goal? Is it to provide your contact information? Is it to sell a product? Or is it to collect your visitor’s emails?
Understanding your website’s goal will help you know what content should come first or be more emphasized. You can then pick a theme that is tailored toward your goal.
- Easy-to-build Theme
When choosing your theme, you should pick one that is designed specifically for the focus of your website. You can find this with multi-purpose WordPress themes. A great example is Jevelin. It is a theme that provides multiple templates for several types of websites. For more suggestions of one-page WordPress themes, these are the 40+ suggestions of one-page wordpress themes.
- Create Your Website
Now that you have chosen your one-page WordPress theme, you can now install it through your WordPress admin dashboard and start designing. You should remember these few things when designing your website;
- Simplicity is key. Only add important content that your visitors need
- Your website should be user-friendly. Add simple navigations that can jump to each section.
- Emphasize the important areas. Make areas that define the goal of your website prominent.
One-page websites are a great way to present important information to your visitors. In an age of impatient web users, you want to provide exactly what your users need double-quick. A one-page website gives you the ability to do this.
Guest post by Vivian Johnson
Vivian is fond of writing and has been involved in the content marketing industry since 2011. She is specializing in web hosting & website builder niches.