Homepage w/o Navigation Bar

17 May 2011 - 9:19pm
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All -

I am looking for websites that do not display navigation (in the traditional sense) on the homepage. Yes, any link could be considered navigation but I am specifically looking for sites that lack navigation until the user is deeper within the site structure.

What are your thoughts on this presentation? Could this be a jarring or unexpected experience? 

Example 1: www.tumblr.com


18 May 2011 - 2:30pm

Smashing Magazine recently published an article on Creative Navigation Menus:


I don't see any examples where the navigation doesn't appear at the top level like you described but this could provide some inspiration.

Also, here's another well done example of scrolling navigation:


Hope this helps!


19 May 2011 - 11:04am

Most webapps have a different homepage than rest of site. Homepage is intended to do sales only. Eg: Flickr, Dreamhost etc..

Are these the kind of examples you are looking for?

19 May 2011 - 6:01pm

This is another example of a site that treats navigation somewhat differently on the homepage.


27 May 2011 - 3:58pm
William Hudson

Erik -

This used to be called a 'splash page' and has fallen somewhat out of use, although admittedly the tumblr.com home page is a little more useful. The tumblr page does not leave registers users in the 'what do I do now?' state so should work pretty effectively - EXCEPT that the 'sign up' link is well-hidden further in the site.

This design is extremely counter-productive for recruiting new users. I don't understand why it isn't on the home page. (But I am sure you would not make the same mistake)


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24 Nov 2011 - 4:34pm

I wasn't talking about a splash page, but I think everyone gave me some awesome ideas!

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