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Landing Page - Static versus Blog versus Flash

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When it comes to landing pages for your site, there are quite a few options. The three main ones that I have encountered are Static, Blog, and Flash. Personally, I hate Flash pages as a landing page, but for the purpose of this article, I am going to keep my personal feelings to myself. With that said, over the last year that our online real estate network has been in existence, we have moved from the Blog Page being front and center to a static page. When we create a new account for our members, a static landing page is standard in our membership fee of $150 per year. So, to get back on track, lets take a look at the three types of landing pages mentioned in this article. A huge advantage to having this type of page is you can actually build a sitemap of your site in a format that is user friendly. When I say "sitemap" I am not referring to a standard sitemap, but instead, an article that links people to the things that they want to find on your site. Also, you can focus on keywords for your site easier.


Lake Arrowhead ~ Above it AllStatic Pages

Typically, a static page is one that remains the same (see image to the right). While you can change the content fairly easily, it usually remains the same. One advantage of this is that the page is cached in the world wide web and typically opens quickly. Static pages can be created easily and saved in databases as html files. The common use for static pages for blog sites is to give the appearance of a CMS (content management system) feel or type of site. This is what is commonly referred to as a website.


Austin Texas Homes and MoreBlog Pages

A blog page is common in sites that are built using WordPress, Blogger, Vox, and others (see image to the right). Blog pages are pages which generates a list of your most recent posts or articles and places them on one page. While all of these platforms have a different layouts and functions, the blog pages are typically set to function in the same manner. Posts are kept in a chronological order that you can click on and go to the individual article. The big disadvantage of having this page front and center is that if you are away for some time and do not post, it is apparent to everyone immediately.


Flash Intro Pages

Flash into pages load animated content first while loading the main content in the background. The main problem with this type of page is that NOT everyone has a Flash Player on their computers. Even though that might sound prehistoric, it is a fact. In the end, if they can't load it, they can't see it. While Flash pages can be pretty and can also take the site to another level, if no one can see it, then it is as dumb as having a Picasso and leaving it in the closet. For this very reason I think it is bad to have this as your landing page. Another disadvantage to having flash is when people are using dial up (yes, it still exists) then it takes forever for that page to load. Regardless how people are connecting to the internet, they all want a FAST experience. Flash does not offer that.

In closing, the type of landing page that you chose is basically up to you. Your web site developer should be able to expand on this subject more, but I hope that I have provided enough for you to make an informed decision.

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Kat DeLong
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ

Thanks for this great info, Danny.  And, for using my blog as an example!!!   I LOVE my blog by the way. :-)

May 11, 2010 05:55 AM
Danny Thornton
R & D Art - Knoxville, TN
WordPress Guru

Kat, I love that you love your blog. With that said, I cannot take credit for using it as an example. You have to thank Rich for that one. I just wrote the article. He proofed it and added pictures.

May 11, 2010 07:54 AM
Rich Cederberg
eXp Realty - Albuquerque, NM
eXp Realty Agent Albuquerque

I like your comment about using your blog as the landing page. I didn't update my activerain blog there for awhile and it was embarrasing. come to think of it however, conversations were started becasue of it. I don't see too many flah intro pages anymore. Thank goodness!

May 22, 2010 06:24 AM
Danny Thornton
R & D Art - Knoxville, TN
WordPress Guru

Rich, I have a great computer and great speed and I even cringe when I she a site that employs a flash intro page. Makes me want to move one.

Jun 20, 2010 07:58 AM
Richard Barbee
Realty Executives Assoc - Knoxville, TN

Very interesting,

I have always thought it unattractive to have a blog as a landing page.  The static page, well-designed and thought out, is the way to go for me.

You are a master of this stuff.  I look forward to reading more of your blogs.

Rich Barbee

Aug 03, 2010 05:24 AM
Charlottesville Solutions
Charlottesville Solutions - Charlottesville, VA

Danny I see that you have stopped blogging on AR.

I have moved my blog, take a look if you get a chance - Charlottesville Real Estate

Hope you are doing well

all the best and Merry Christmas

Dec 07, 2011 12:19 PM