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I am looking for a good tool or template for building an index page

     
6:55 pm on Apr 16, 2013 (gmt 0)



I have posted this question on a couple other forums but I felt I had to get the opinions of the people here too.

I am looking for a good tool or template for building a good index page. If nothing like that exists, I am looking for a good example / source code for an Index page. I prefer it would be in PHP.

There are all sorts of CMS's which provide an index page that is basically the front page of the system. But what if I have several systems on my web site and I just want a good Index page? Are there good templates that are free that I can use just to make the first page of my website that the user sees?

There are some common things that I find with every good front or index page. I would like it to have an automatic scrolling picture box (for lack of a better description) that shows features of the web site that the user can click on. Plus, I would like it to have a good drop down menu.

The web sites I have found all seem to have the same components to their first index page. They all seem to have a menu at the top, of course, but the also all seem to have some sort of flashy or moving banner that instantly captures the user's interest. For example, www.seattleu.edu has one but it it written in asp.net and I would like to find an example in php. Does anyone know what the official term for this thing would be?

All of the web sites I like seem to have the same components: Menu at the top; A good Logo; a scrolling picture banner at the top; middle content; then a kind of submenu at the bottom.

Here is a list of other good web sites I have found that I would like to emulate:

goyello.com
cynergysystems.com
getsatisfaction.com
componentone.com
microsoftconfidential.com
viblend.com
interactivewebs.com
sitefinity.com
madcapsoftware.com
silveos.com
ironspeed.com
devtools.korzh.com
7:10 pm on Apr 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member leosghost is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month



What you are looking for is TMOAS..search for it..
8:08 pm on Apr 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member lucy24 is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time Top Contributors Of The Month



they also all seem to have some sort of flashy or moving banner that instantly captures the user's interest

... or that instantly causes the user to close the page and go elsewhere ...
9:12 pm on Apr 17, 2013 (gmt 0)



How come?
9:27 pm on Apr 17, 2013 (gmt 0)



TMOAS is The Mother of All Spreadsheets, right? Have you experienced this?
10:42 pm on Apr 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member lucy24 is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time Top Contributors Of The Month



How come?

For some users, "flashy or moving" translates to "I'm outta here". Show me what's most important, and let me decide if I want to look at something else.
 

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