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Five Must-Have Pages

Your website’s static pages provide readers with valuable content and should be relatively “evergreen” for you. Here are my recommendations for your site’s 5 “must have” pages when you launch.

5 must have pages for your blog or website

Home

This one sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s one you really need to think about before jumping in. Is your home page going to be more of a “static” page that doesn’t change, or will it house your most recent and featured blog posts? Perhaps a combination of both?

To use my current sites as examples, Design by Christi is a static site. I very rarely update or change the home page. It’s a clean, simple place for visitors to land and easily navigate to their desired content. I have a lot of control directing traffic by choosing which pages to feature prominently– in this case that’s Blogger, WordPress, and Branding services in my large promo boxes.

On the other hand, my personal blog Completely Christi is a blog-style landing page. The home page changes with each post I publish. Visitors will see my “featured” content that I’ve hand-selected up top and then the rest of the page shows a variety of recent posts.

Finally, my educational site Ms. Fultz’s Corner is a combination of both with static content up front and my most recent blog content directly below it, just barely showing in this screenshot.

No matter which style you use, you’ll want to have a prominent link to your HOME page so your readers can always find their way back.

About

If I land on a site that catches my attention, I always look for an ABOUT page. It’s a great way to connect with your readers, provide your credibility, and invite readers to join you on your social channels as well. I recommend checking/updating your about page once a year, or after any major changes. In addition to your navigation menu, you can link to your about page wherever you display your user profile {sidebar, footer, author box below posts are common}.

I use different ABOUT pages for my various projects.

Contact

A contact page is essential. In addition to linking your email address in any of your social links, you should also set up a contact page. I strongly recommend using a contact form that makes it simple for users to send you an email right from your site. If you’re on WordPress, Ninja Forms is a good free option.

Legal

I always tell my website clients I don’t give legal advice, but it would be remiss of me if I didn’t advise you to look into adding disclosures, terms of use, and a privacy policy to your site. With GDPR compliance, you need to make sure you’re letting visitors know how you’re collecting/storing/using any of their data. You also need to disclose your affiliate relationships (think Amazon).

Archive or Sitemap

As your site grows, you’ll need a user-friendly way for readers to navigate your posts and pages. WordPress has numerous options for this, which can vary based on your chosen theme. You can also add a custom one in Blogger, but it takes a little more work. A few WordPress examples:

Bonus Pages

Depending on your site, these additional options may be a good place to start for your next set of pages once you get up and running:

  • FAQs
  • Portfolio
  • Services / Shop
  • Start Here
  • Custom 404
  • Worth With Us

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From the very first email, she was professional and thorough. Christi was patient and helped us to understand all of the critical steps in getting the end website that we dreamed of. She went above and beyond to make sure that she worked quickly and diligently.

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2019-12-24T15:53:53-05:00
From the very first email, she was professional and thorough. Christi was patient and helped us to understand all of the critical steps in getting the end website that we dreamed of. She went above and beyond to make sure that she worked quickly and diligently.
I really don’t know if I can put into words how grateful I am! When I was a brand new blogger trying to get my business off the ground, she delivered! She is insanely easy to work with, highly-talented, and a true professional. I cannot recommend her enough.

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2019-12-24T15:46:19-05:00
I really don’t know if I can put into words how grateful I am! When I was a brand new blogger trying to get my business off the ground, she delivered! She is insanely easy to work with, highly-talented, and a true professional. I cannot recommend her enough.
Thank goodness for Christi! She was so patient, answered all my questions and went above and beyond. I would refer Christi to everyone who is looking for a rebrand! I am so happy I found her and I am so happy with my new site!

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2019-12-24T15:49:36-05:00
Thank goodness for Christi! She was so patient, answered all my questions and went above and beyond. I would refer Christi to everyone who is looking for a rebrand! I am so happy I found her and I am so happy with my new site!
Working with Christi was an absolute dream. She was prompt, responsive, and incredibly helpful for a client who is largely uncomfortable with web and graphic design. She made me feel comfortable asking questions, and handled suggested revisions with welcome input and ease.

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2019-12-24T15:50:30-05:00
Working with Christi was an absolute dream. She was prompt, responsive, and incredibly helpful for a client who is largely uncomfortable with web and graphic design. She made me feel comfortable asking questions, and handled suggested revisions with welcome input and ease.
I have hired Christi, over a number of years, to design various projects, from rebranding to blog design. She truly is my go-to designer. She knows what questions to ask, always communicates promptly and professionally and is infinitely patient throughout the process.

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2019-12-24T15:50:53-05:00
I have hired Christi, over a number of years, to design various projects, from rebranding to blog design. She truly is my go-to designer. She knows what questions to ask, always communicates promptly and professionally and is infinitely patient throughout the process.
Working with Christi has saved me so much time and frustration. If you are debating if it’s worth the money like I was, I’m in the other side of it to say it was worth every penny. I highly recommend her and plan to use her services again.

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2019-12-24T15:52:08-05:00
Working with Christi has saved me so much time and frustration. If you are debating if it’s worth the money like I was, I’m in the other side of it to say it was worth every penny. I highly recommend her and plan to use her services again.
It was an absolute pleasure to have Christi give my website a new, improved look. She took what seemed like an overwhelming process and broke it down into easy to understand steps. Her communication skills were flawless. She consistently responded quickly and professionally, while also remaining friendly and personable.

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2019-12-24T15:52:50-05:00
It was an absolute pleasure to have Christi give my website a new, improved look. She took what seemed like an overwhelming process and broke it down into easy to understand steps. Her communication skills were flawless. She consistently responded quickly and professionally, while also remaining friendly and personable.
Christi is such a breath of fresh air! If you’re in need of a new design or even just stuck on problems with your website, she’s the go to person! I have worked with other designers before and she is the only one who put up with my constant e-mailing.

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2019-12-24T15:53:14-05:00
Christi is such a breath of fresh air! If you’re in need of a new design or even just stuck on problems with your website, she’s the go to person! I have worked with other designers before and she is the only one who put up with my constant e-mailing.
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