A home page (or homepage) is the main web page of a website.

A home page of Wikipedia (in 2014) is displayed in a web browser. The small house-shaped button in the upper left is for the browser's start page.

The term also refers to one or more pages always shown in a web browser when the application starts up. In this case, it is also known as the start page or startup page.

The word "home" comes from the use of the Home key on a keyboard to return to the start page at any time.[1] (Home key was a standard key long before the Web existed.) Many browsers also provide a button in the shape of a house for this.[2]

Website home pageEdit

A home page is generally the primary web page which a visitor navigating to a website from a search engine will see, and it may also serve as a landing page to attract visitors.[3][4] Thus good home page design is usually a high priority for a website.[5] For example, a news website may present headlines and first paragraphs of top stories, with links to full articles.[6]

In some cases, the home page is a site directory, particularly when a website has multiple home pages. Wikipedia, for example, has a site directory at wikipedia.org that links to every language-specific home page, including en.wikipedia.org.

Browser home pageEdit

When a web browser is launched, it will automatically open at least one web page. This is the browser's home page, which is also called its start page or startup page.[7][8]

Start pages can be a website or a special browser page, such as thumbnails of frequently visited websites. Moreover, there is a niche market of websites intended to be used solely as start pages.[9]


  1. ^ "Chrome keyboard shortcuts". Google Chrome Help. Google. Retrieved 23 April 2021. Open your home page in the current tab: Alt + Home
  2. ^ "How to Add Home Button in Browsers and Customize the Home Page?". WebNots. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Home Page as Landing Page examples - Smart Insights Digital Marketing Advice". 2014-05-23. Retrieved 2016-07-01.
  4. ^ Campbell, Jennifer (2014). Web Design: Introductory. Cengage Learning. p. 76. ISBN 978-1-305-17627-0.
  5. ^ Jakob Nielsen (12 May 2002). "Top 10 Guidelines for Homepage Usability". nngroup.com. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  6. ^ Kalbach, James (2007). Designing Web Navigation. O'Reilly Media. p. 106. ISBN 978-0-596-55378-4.
  7. ^ "How to set the home page | Firefox Help". support.mozilla.org. Retrieved 2022-01-12.
  8. ^ "Set your homepage and startup page - Computer - Google Chrome Help". support.google.com. Retrieved 2022-01-11.
  9. ^ Schofield, Jack (7 November 2013). "iGoogle: what are the best alternatives?". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 September 2014.